No matter how advanced computers and cloud applications get they all rely on the same thing to work well – your internet connection.
If you have a slow or problematic network, it can tank productivity and leave a fancy new app of not much use.
Part of any computer and technology infrastructure has to include an efficient wireless network. And that network includes many moving parts. You have the wireless service you’re using to deliver your connection signal, the Wi-Fi router, and the type of router framework you use.
Each of these components can either improve your network or leave you with issues.
For example, if you have one router that is handling network connections throughout your Indiana business or home, anyone that is farthest from the router can experience weak signal strength.
If your router is overloaded with too much traffic, then everyone’s connections can slow down to a frustrating level. One large download can mean a dropped video call in the next room if you haven’t got the right infrastructure in place.
So, how do you keep your wireless network reliable, fast, and always secure?
There are three key technologies you need to look at that can make a big difference in your wireless experience.
First, let’s look at 5G, which is being rolled out across the country by mobile providers. While it hasn’t yet had a big impact because devices need to catch up, 5G promises speeds that are at minimum 20x faster than the current 4G signal.
Why is this important to your office network? For two main reasons.
One is that mobile devices have become the workhorses of the office. They currently make up about 60% ofthe endpoints in an average business and do 80% of the workload. They’ll be one of the first devices that get to take advantage of the new 5G speeds and because employees rely on them so much in their workflows, the improved speed will have a big impact on productivity.
The second reason to keep an eye on 5G is because it’s not only going to be pertinent to mobile devices. Laptops that are 5G compatible are already being sold and it won’t be long once the network is complete for internet providers to begin offering 5G connections for homes and offices.
Another technology that vastly improves the security of wireless networks and also adds to the speed is Wi-Fi 6, which came out about a year ago.
This Wi-Fi standard uses the new WPA3 security protocol which offers features like:
- User connection encryption even when using a public Wi-Fi
- Safeguards that stop hackers from downloading a cryptographic hash to try to break into networks
- Ability to use a higher bit (192-bit) security for sensitive networks
Other ways that Wi-Fi 6 improves network reliability are its ability to better handle multiple devices, so they all aren’t battling over the same bandwidth.
It was designed with IoT devices in mind and the fact that networks are getting more crowded with these devices each year. It has up to 4x higher device capacity.
Mesh Wi-Fi Network
A third technology that can greatly improve your wireless network is mesh Wi-Fi. This is the use of multiple nodes (or “mini-routers”) throughout your home or business to blanket the area with a strong internet signal.
When you use just one router that all devices have to connect to it leads to poor signals in some areas and dropped connections.
Mesh Wi-Fi offers several improvements over using a single router that can expand the reach and strength of your Wi-Fi signal.
Eliminates Weak Signals & Dead Zones
Wi-Fi signals can get blocked by solid objects or just get weaker the farther it is from the source.
If someone has a desk in one of these weak or dead zones, it can be frustrating to keep a reliable signal.
Using a mesh network allows you to always have the signal source nearby. The blanket of coverage also eliminates problems with a solid wall or large piece of furniture blocking a signal.
Extend Signal Reach
A mesh network is easily expandable by adding another node wherever you like. You can extend your Wi-Fi to different floors or outside to a backyard or courtyard area, giving you more internet-connected space on your property.
When you have multiple nodes sending out an internet signal, you no longer have a single point of failure. If you have one router only, then if that router goes down for any reason, everyone is disconnected.
With a mesh network, if one node has a problem, devices are automatically transferred to another node, with no signal interruption.
Get Help Creating Your Perfect, Reliable, Fast Network
With the right technology, you can have a wireless network that’s fast, reliable, and always secure. Magnify247.com has experts that can help you create your perfect network.
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