Your employees are bringing smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and ultrabooks (oh my) to work. Here’s how to make sure they don’t break your network.
Whether it’s the BlackBerry Z10, iPhone 5, or some other latest hot handset to hit the market, you can bet employees will want to bring their shiny new devices to work.
Many small businesses allow their employees to use their own devices on the company WiFi network – after all, it can help boost productivity, it keeps employees happy, and the company can save money on deploying business handsets. But security concerns aside, having an increasing number of mobile devices in your workplace can put stress on your wireless network. Especially if you haven’t upgraded it in a couple of years, it might be worth taking a look at your wireless infrastructure to make sure it’s not going to be offering spotty service, or worse, be knocked down as more devices rely on it.
What should one look for in modern wireless network equipment? Make sure your router is on the 802.11n standard. The latest WiFi standard uses multiple antennae to transmit and receive data. Plus, there is a greater frequency range that will boost your bandwidth. This will offer WiFi speeds of up to 300 Mbps in theory.
For business-grade routers or access points, you’ll also want support for both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz frequency bands. See advice on WiFi standards and more tips on speeding up your business network on this Computerworld New Zealand article.