Migrating to the Unified Wireless Networks WiFi: Advantages
Unified Wireless Networks (WiFi) Improve Employee Productivity
Dropped connections, slow performance and increased interference was taking its toll on the dated wireless network at one of our customers. Meanwhile, the client wanted to use WiFi to better optimize operations through the use wireless workstation for layout flexibility, tablets for staff, and WiFi for the many Apple and Android smart phones. They needed a WiFi solution that was flexible, easy to deploy and could be remotely managed with wireless management software. They also needed flexible deployment options that could be installed without a local controller, support for roaming and the ability to easily add additional wireless access points as their requirements increased.
After extensive research the customer decided to install the Cisco Unified Wireless Network. Cisco offers an impressive wireless product line for small and medium sized businesses. The Cisco Unified Wireless Network solution combines the best elements of wireless and wired networking to deliver the same level of security, scalability, reliability, ease of deployment, and management for wireless LANs you would expect from wired LANs.
The Benefits Unified Wireless Networks are Compelling
Unified wireless office networking not only allows users to pick up their laptops and go work where it's most convenient — in other offices, conference rooms, lunch rooms, etc. — but also makes moves, adds and network changes much faster and more cost-efficient.
Because mobile devices are now so affordable and ubiquitous and Wireless Technology has become more cost effective and easier to use, businesses that have not yet implemented a secure unified wireless network infrastructure take a hard look at the technology and what it does to productivity. Most employees and customers have Wireless Networks at home; making them take a step backwards might not be the right thing to do.
Unified Wireless Networking (WiFi)
Untangle your office network and improve productivity at the same time with WiFi. Computer Systems Support & Design provides wireless solutions for small and medium-sized business and very large homes.
Stay Connected, Without the Wires
WiFi is the easy way to give your employees access to the Internet, email, printers, scanners and shared directories, along with the freedom to work wherever it's most convenient for them — whether in a conference room. the lunch room or outside.
Wireless network connections give your employees the flexibility to do their best work anywhere in your office. Employees with laptop computers can work in other offices, conference rooms, the lunchroom, or even outdoors and still access the network. Working collaboratively is easier than ever, since employees can share information faster and communicate more effectively. Yet for all its freedom, WiFi is highly secure.
WiFi makes moves, adds, and changes a breeze. Now your employees can change offices and connect to the network without the hassle and expense of service calls or an appointment with your ` Tech Support provider. And as your business grows, your network can grow just as easily. Simply make a wireless network connection with a new computer and a wireless Network Card (NIC) to the wireless network, authenticate and get back to work.
Security is critical. We also believe security should be simple. With the solutions we recommend and install you can set up, manage and secure wireless network connections all from a single software interface that's easy to use. It is important to ensure that wireless devices deployed use the latest security standards and any industry security requirements - we make this an important part of our wireless network design.
Secure Wireless Guest Access
A Unified Wireless Network supports simplified configuration and deployment of wireless guest access for customers, vendors, and partners. Guest access increases company productivity, facilitates real-time collaboration, and helps companies be more competitive in today's anywhere, anytime business climate. With secure guest access, internal user traffic is segregated from guest user traffic using Ethernet over IP (EoIP) tunnels and VLANs.
Selecting Computer Systems Support & Design as Your Unified Wireless Network Partner
Customers that migrate to Unified Wireless Networks will immediately experience numerous benefits including ease of management, scalability, advanced features, lowered total cost of ownership, and mobility services such as voice, guest access, location services, and enhanced security.
Computer Systems Support & Design helps Connecticut based businesses implement secure wireless networks with these services:
- WiFi Unified Wireless Network design
- Site survey Equipment Supply, Installation and configuration
- Post installation validation
- In-building Voice over WLAN
- WiFi training
- Support services
- Supply, Installation, Upgrade and Maintenance of wireless controllers, wireless access points and computer systems
When implemented employees will be happier and more productive, and the Wireless Network can be a steppingstone into additional technologies such as unified communications, video surveillance, telephony.
We can help you improve productivity by networking your office computers, connecting wireless devices including printers and scanners allowing your employees to seamlessly share important corporate data wirelessly. This is exiting technology - please call (877) 717-6075 Opt. 2 for more information.
How to Secure Wireless Networks and Improve Productivity As Well
Wireless Network Security Tips - How to Secure your Wireless Network (WiFi)
Wireless networking or WiFi enables the convenience of high-speed networking without the cost or challenges of cabling all office locations. Flexibility and scalability, coupled with low-cost implementation, make wireless solutions both practical and economical. Wireless connectivity can be added to back office devices such as scanners and printers as well as laptops, mobile devices, Android tablets and IPads.
In addition, and an oft overlooked benefit is from savings on wireless data plans as smart phones route traffic through WiFi when available. Separate secure wireless channels can be added to give customers and visitors of your business the benefit of wireless access; all without affecting the performance of the office WiFi network and increasing customer satisfaction.
Increased Security Risks? How to Secure Wireless Network
However, with the convenience of wireless access comes additional risk. One of the greatest risks is caused by the elimination of the need for physical connectivity. In a traditional wired network environment, someone attempting to hack into your network had to be in the location physically to plug into a network data report. In a wireless environment, the hacker simply has to be near the facility to gain access to the network.
Securing your wireless network. Clustering, wireless roaming, VPN, Web Filter, Anti-Virus & More.
Expectations for a Secure Wireless Network
What is surprising is that the same office that has poor practices around its Wireless Network (WiFi) will often have substantially better security practices for its wired network. Wireless Networks must be as secure as wired networks and must also have the ability to detect rogue access points and prevent intrusions.
In our work we've come across a number of poor practices including deployment of access points with default passwords and configurations, lack of security tools to detect and block malicious behavior or unauthorized devices, use of vulnerable and out of date applications and protocols such as WAP, and lack of authentication or data encryption. Recently UPnP vulnerabilities have been discovered tht must be addressed.
Strengthen Your Defenses to Block Future Assaults on Your Wireless Network - Steps how to Implement WiFi Network Security
In spite of these risks and challenges, deployment of WiFi Wireless Networks continues to become the main network in many businesses. A way to reduce the risk of unauthorized access and data loss is to select a wireless security appliance(s) which offers overlapping and complementary layers of network security to protect the wireless network such as:
- Secure wireless guest and employee access to data and voice connectivity
- Latest security protocols, QoS, Rogue AP detection
- Access Control Lists (ACL)
- Captive Portal Guest Access
- Seamless Roaming between all access points (WiFi clustering)
- Optimized for VoIP
With smartphones, mobile VoIP devices, and laptops in hand, employees want WiFi access for their work, research and communications. If you're unable to give your customers the WiFi access they expect, they'll find someone else who can. Therefore, secure wireless networks, separated between internal staff and external visitors, increases employee productivity and customer satisfaction. More about Business WiFi Services, The Connectivity Your Employees and Customers Demand in this article.
With network security in place, your company will experience many business benefits.
These are the main benefits of a secure wireless network. Your company is protected against business disruption, which helps keep employees productive. Because network security helps protect your customers' data and your company confidential data, it reduces the risk of legal action from data theft.
Additional advantages from secure wireless networks include:
- Increased productivity and flexibility—Wireless users can move throughout the coverage area, from offices to conference rooms, from the lunch room to the shop floor, without disconnecting from the network. A study by NOP World, a global research company, found that wireless users stay connected to the network an average of 1.75 hours longer per day, which translates roughly to a 20 percent productivity increase.
- Ease of installation—A WiFi network can be operational in a matter of a few hours. While a wired network might take days or weeks to install.
- Cost—Wireless networks installs are less costly than wired LANs. On average, adding users to a wired LAN costs approximately US $130 per node. Consequently extending coverage to additional office space for 50 users would cost about US $6,500. The same area could be covered by two Wireless Access Point (WAP) (US $300 ea) and 50 NICs (US $30 per card) for a total cost of approximately US $2,100.
Ultimately, wireless network security helps protect a business's reputation, which is one of its most important assets.
I hope that this article about "How to Secure Wireless Networks in a Business Environment" was helpful. To get started, call us now. We are excited to respond to your RFP for wireless network security.
Johannes Banck, SBSC
Cisco Business WiFi Service with Intelligent Converged Architecture
Cisco Business WiFi Services: The Connectivity Your Employees and Customers Demand
Wi-Fi access isn't just a luxury and your employees abuse; it's a key ingredient that keeps your customers happy and your employees productive. With smartphones, mobile VoIP devices, and laptops in hand, they want Wi-Fi access for their work, research and communications. If you're unable to give your customers the Wi-Fi access they expect, they'll find someone else who can.
Our Cisco Business WiFi service simplifies your wired and wireless networks with an intelligent converged architecture. Cisco Unified Access simplifies your networks with one policy, one management and one network, reducing complexity and maximizing productivity.
But when you're focused on growing and managing your core business, how do you know you're offering your customers and employees a robust, secure Wi-Fi experience? By working with Computer Systems Support & Design you can be a assured that you get to most out of your WiFi network within the confines that you set.
Cisco Converged Business WiFi service enhances your business
Are you thinking about setting up a Wi-Fi network? Providing Wi-Fi services is a great way to keep your employees productive and your customers happy while attracting new business. It allows them to spend more time connected and working. It can even help promote your products, services and promotions.
Reliability is paramount: If the network goes down productivity decreases. However, designing, building, managing and setting up a reliable Wi-Fi network can be costly and time-consuming. That's why Computer Systems Support & Design offers Wi-Fi support services that can include:
- Customized wireless design to support today's reliability needs with room to grow
- Quality of service and bandwidth management that continually assess your Wi-Fi configuration so it handles capacity demands
- Remote monitoring of your Wireless Access Points (AP's)
- Dedicated client services and customer care for prompt service
Businesses of all kinds, including education, hospitality, healthcare, retail and sports venues have found that Computer Systems Support & Design and Cisco Business WiFi services can help enhance their employees productivity and their customer experience.
Learn more about how Cisco Business WiFi services with an intelligent converged architecture can help you with Wi-Fi network solution planning and installation for your business, and about our other solutions IT Tech Support Services.