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Could You Benefit From Unified Wi-Fi?

Is your Wi-Fi connection unreliable? Do you run a large premises and your router is struggling or unable to cover the whole area with a strong Wi-Fi signal? Do you have many mobile devices all requiring a Wi-Fi connection simultaneously?

Could You Benefit From Unified Wi-Fi?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you might like to consider making an upgrade to the W-Fi capabilities on your network. Here are two options that you might like:

Add Access Points

This option would require the purchase of the appropriate number of access points (to suit your premises) and their subsequent installation. Each access point will require a network cable running from your router/switch and a mains connection nearby.

Once up and running the access points need to be configured with a network name (SSID) and different channel numbers (to avoid interfering with each other). This can become confusing and provide a slightly frustrating user experience. It is possible to configure the access points to use the same network name but this can make management of the network tricky and devices that roam around your premises will not necessarily choose the best access point.

Unified Access Points

A superior solution is to choose a fully unified network. In this case you are still looking at installing a number of access points to suit your premises but they will only require a network cable as power is supplied over this connection using PoE (Power over Ethernet).

Furthermore, once installed and configured you will be left with a strong,secure and reliable Wi-Fi network consisting of one network name, on one channel. Thanks to good quality management software it is possible to view your network, isolate access points that develop faults and even upload a plan of your premises in order to view a useful schematic of your Wi-Fi network.

Installation is a tidy procedure and cables are hidden in roof spaces or cavities. The access points also look very stylish, rather than the typical square plastic box associated with most computing hardware.

If you would like any more information about the above, please get in touch.

Published by: Nick Tuftnell | Tagged: unified,wi-fi,access,points
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