Wireless Networking Basics
Wireless networking is an essential productivity tool for today’s mobile workforce. With wireless networking, you and your employees can stay connected to your company’s information resources virtually anytime, anywhere.
Ready to get started with wireless networking? Begin by familiarising yourself with the basics and benefits of having a wireless network. Consider the following steps:
Secure your network
Security is vital to wireless networking. Some security methods to consider for your network include:
Data encryption, so only authorised users can access information over your wireless network
User authentication, which identifies computers trying to access the network
Secure access for visitors and guests
Control systems, which protect the laptops and other devices that use the network.
Get a router capable of wireless networking
Many network routers today act as wireless networking access points. They let you connect multiple computers to a single wireless network. And they connect your network to the Internet.
You can extend wireless networking throughout your office, store, or campus by placing additional wireless access points in various locations. The additional access points extend the wireless signal’s range and strength over a wider geographical area, so that it’s available in more places, such as conference rooms.
Don't overshare access point
For best results, don’t share any single wireless access point with more than 20 users. Typically, the more users sharing an access point, the slower the wireless network can become. If your business network supports a voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or Unified Communications system, limit each access point to 8-12 users. This will prevent potential degradation in voice quality.
Pay attention to location
The signal generated from each wireless access point or router extends up to approximately 300 feet. Walls, metal (such as in elevator shafts) and floors can negatively affect range. And the wireless signal’s strength weakens the longer it has to travel. For best results, space out your access points and position them in central areas. Tip: Access points can provide stronger signals when installed on or near ceilings.