How do I set up a Wi-Fi network for my business?
Whether you are moving locations or are setting up shop for the first time, there are a few things you should know about setting up your business’s Wi-Fi network. From equipment to Internet plan considerations, we have listed the basics below to help you get started on setting up an effective Wi-Fi network for your business.
- Pick a reliable Internet Service Provider (ISP)
First and foremost, selecting the right ISP is critical. Business-grade Wi-Fi is not like home Wi-Fi, it is equipped for heavy use, many users at once, and various devices. Consider asking other business owners in your area for their recommendations.
- Select the right plan
Be sure to select a plan that will accommodate the number of guests you anticipate. You will want to choose a high-speed and high-bandwidth plan. Read the fine print before signing any agreement. Also, be sure to select a plan you can afford; the worst thing you can do is select a plan you cannot financially maintain.
- Get the right equipment
In addition to selecting the right provider and plan, you will also need to select the right equipment. The following devices should be business-grade, meaning they are equipped for a more demanding network than a home network.
- You will need a modem, a router, or a modem/router combo. Your ISP should be able to inform you if you need any other equipment. Although your ISP may provide you with a modem and router, you may opt to get a different one depending on how many devices you plan on including.
- To offer service throughout your office or store, you will also need to set up various access points.
- A switch is important to have as it allows devices on the network to communicate with one another. For example, you may want to connect your desktop computers to printers.
- Security set up
You will want to set up a security system as well. A firewall can offer your network security by monitoring web traffic based on the rules you have set. A hardware firewall can offer your business several protection features including remote access and a virtual private network (VPN). Again, be sure to select a firewall that is equipped for the number of users you anticipate including.
Still unsure how to set up effective Wi-Fi for your business? The experts at Geeks on Site can help. We offer on-site and remote services to help you get your business Wi-Fi working securely as soon as possible. Contact us today to get started!