If your business uses broadband internet, or has a number of PC’s connected in a network then you may want to consider the wireless network (also known as Wi-Fi) at your business or home.
The following is a handy look at what a wireless network could do for you and your business.
What is Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi basically works by sending a normal network and internet signal over a wireless frequency similar to a cordless phone. It allows computers on the network to communicate and browse the internet from anywhere within the wireless area.
A Wi-Fi network allows much easier access compared to a wired network. You can move computers about without having to rewire or change settings. Laptops become truly portable, allowing you access anywhere within the wireless range.
If you do not already have a network, then you can benefit from having easy and quick connection between your computers; and the ability to share a single internet connection.
A Wi-Fi network means that you are no longer required to have large numbers of cables connecting across your office. You can also allow shared access to printers and other devices, which further reduces the number of cables and wires needed.
One of the main advantages of a wireless network is that you can add another computer (up to the maximum number stated on the hub or router) more easily than on a wired network. This reduces the cost of upgrading or adding to your computers if you use an external company to setup or maintain it. You will also face much less disruption to your business as you will not need to shift furniture to wire it up!
Wireless LAN systems can provide LAN users with access to real-time information anywhere in their organization. This mobility supports productivity and service opportunities not possible with wired networks.
While the initial investment required for wireless LAN hardware can be higher than the cost of wired LAN hardware, overall installation expenses and life-cycle costs can be significantly lower. Long-term cost benefits are greatest in dynamic environments requiring frequent moves and changes.
• WPA / WEP Encryption
All Wi-Fi equipment supports some form of encryption. Encryption technology scrambles messages sent over wireless networks so that they cannot be easily read by humans. Several encryption technologies exist for Wi-Fi today. We will setup the strongest form of encryption that works with your wireless network.
• Firewall setup and MAC address filtering
Setup the built in firewall for wireless router and installing and running personal firewall software on each computer connected to the router. Each piece of Wi-Fi gear possesses a unique identifier called the physical address or MAC address. Many such products offer the owner an option to key in the MAC addresses of their home equipment, that restricts the network to only allow connections from those devices.