3 Steps to Optimize Wireless Networks

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The availability and proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices make it easy for individuals to stay connected both in the home and at work. In today’s connected society, it’s not unheard of that users now own more than one wireless-enabled device, making it easier than ever to connect anytime and anywhere. At the centre of all of this is the wireless network, an essential component that makes mobile connectivity possible.

In the business world, organizations are recognizing the benefits of employees being able to stay connected and as a result, many have embraced the concept of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) in the workplace. According to a survey conducted by CDW Canada, 71% of Canadian organizations said they had or were in the process of implementing a BYOD policy.

Whether your organization has a wireless network in place, or is planning for one, there are a few considerations and steps you can take to help create better efficiencies and optimize the wireless network:

Conduct A Site Survey

This is important if your business is in the process of implementing a wireless network, or if you already have a wireless infrastructure in place. A site survey can monitor the changing traffic patterns and workloads of the business so that IT departments can ensure sufficient coverage. Site surveys also provide IT with greater visibility so they know when to move and/or add wireless access points, and in some cases, know when to upgrade older hardware for newer models. A technology solutions provider can also help to conduct a site survey to give greater visibility into where wireless access points should be positioned and tuned for the best results

Secure The Network

When it comes to securing corporate networks, a one-size-fits-all approach to security is not ideal, as cybercriminals are always looking for ways to gain unauthorized access to the network. Establishing security policies that are unique to the needs and requirements of specific departments within the business will enable better protection and help keep hackers at bay.

Organizations must also determine what devices are allowed on the corporate network so IT can implement the proper technical controls and block unauthorized devices from accessing the network. Creating a BYOD policy and making sure it is clearly communicated to employees is critical, as users will likely not follow the policy if they do not know it exists, or if they don’t understand the rationale behind it.

Security is an ongoing process that requires constant attention and vigilance at all levels of the organization. Wireless networks in particular should undergo regular security assessments and testing to ensure security standards are met and to minimize the risk of possible security breaches

Conduct Regular Assessments and Replace Hardware as Necessary

This is key to maintaining network efficiencies as aging hardware can directly affect a network’s uptime, performance and availability. If businesses do not replace hardware that is approaching end-of-life, they risk slowing their networks down and even put them at risk of failure.

Following the above three steps are just a few of the ways organizations can better optimize their wireless networks. Working with a technology solutions provider can also help businesses throughout any stage of their network lifecycle—whether it’s helping with assessments, implementation, maintenance or testing. The expertise of a technology solutions provider will allow organizations to focus on what matters most: running the business.