In these challenging and unique times we live in as workforces around the world move to temporary remote work. While many of us are separated, we are also interconnected via the internet like never before. At Smart Wireless, we want to help organisations continue doing what they are best at, with minimal discontinuity.
For those who need help to urgently modify their networks for remote work, Smart Wireless offers an easy and secure option. Meraki Z1 and Z3 devices can be pulled out of the box, plugged in virtually anywhere in the world, and instantly deliver a seamless “in-office” experience at home. With simple Meraki cloud-management, IT managers are able to maintain visibility of employee networks, and continue to monitor potential interference to workforce productivity while at home.
Here are just a few of the tools available to the administrator looking after remote workers:
Create a site-to-site VPN in a few clicks over a WAN link
Seamlessly and securely provide remote network access via Wi-Fi over an encrypted tunnel
Maintain service continuity with cellular backup
Keep end-user devices secure when off-network
Perform remote troubleshooting of employee connectivity and applications
The Meraki dashboard has also been updated to allow IT admins to quickly identify VPN clients within the organization.
Around the world, IT managers are undertaking the task of ensuring that hundreds and thousands of users experience a seamless transition to remote work. Critical work is being done at hospitals and on manufacturing floors, demanding the need for employees to stay connected. A sudden disruption of internet access can have a significant impact on an organisation, as every second matters, and IT needs to just work. IT leaders want to make sure employees at home have the same simple, secure and reliable network access they get at work. This will enable them to stay connected with each other through applications such as Zoom, Skype and Webex, and have access to office applications such as Office365, without a glitch.
With the current state of things, employees have enough to worry about and be distracted by. The last thing a remote worker wants to worry about is the performance of their network connection, or how to configure their VPN. Providing internet access as a remote IT manager is highly challenging as the demand for support has increased with entire workforces working remotely. New ways of working mean that corporate networks are operating in a new way, resulting in new types of trouble tickets. Not to mention the headaches caused by managing the security of hundreds or thousands of remote employee connections.