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Business Wi-Fi Basics

Wireless networks mean fewer network cables, freedom of movement around the office, and support for the increased use of smartphones and tablets - both company sponsored and individual owned (BYOD).

For most organisations, Wi-Fi is now the lifeblood of their systems, as well as an enabler of growth and agile, responsive customer service.

With untethered access to documents, emails, applications and other network resources, employees expect to roam where they need to, and have constant access to the tools required to do their jobs. Everything can be faster and easier and productivity can improve.

Common Issues

So if your wireless network is slow or Wi-Fi coverage is poor, it’s a business issue, not just an IT problem. There may be several causes:

  • Old equipment, running on an out-of-date wireless standard
  • A set up that is not suitable for the layout of your office
  • Not enough capacity to cope with the number of users, especially when people use their own devices
  • Supporting many different devices and operating systems
  • Interference from neighbouring systems

Hours of productivity can be lost due to unreliable wireless networks, as it costs time and money to keep patching it up. But any serious investment made is likely to pay back quickly, because it will help to transform the everyday operation of your business.

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