5 Wi-Fi mistakes that are costing you Money
AUTHOR JOE LEONE / PUBLISHED: JUNE-27-2019
Your enterprise depends on a robust, secure wireless network for critical operations and a great user experience. Choose an experienced partner like Trifecta Networks to help you design, implement and maintain your WLAN cost-effectively.
Optimizing your wireless network is a critical step in ensuring speed, reliability and security. This is especially true as WLANS replace wired Ethernet to connect end users. Large-scale networks are not cheap to create, so getting it right the first time and making changes now will help you avoid costly upgrades later.
Still, many network administrators continue to make the same mistakes when designing and upgrading their enterprise networks.
Outdated wireless architecture
Using separate controllers in a single location can cause operability issues, provided they are in the same mobility group. Potential problems include authentication issues between differently managed WLANS, excessive interference, and complicated user handoffs between access points. It’s best to choose a single vendor to provide a uniform network. Trifecta Networks can help you choose the best solution for your use case.
Focusing on coverage only
When arranging access points, capacity is more important than physical coverage. Don’t let maximum distance between APs be your only guide when designing or upgrading a wireless system. Design for the area: some parts of a building or campus will have a higher concentration of devices than others.
You should also consider device types and applications used, as well as the physical environment. High-density environments, such as public venues, stadiums and conference halls may need extra APs. Trifecta Networks can help you assess, design and implement the most effective AP deployment for your environment.
Antenna arrays that don’t fit the location
What works in a typical office environment may cause problems in other scenarios. Built-in antenna arrays may not work in warehouses and manufacturing environments with high ceilings and changing physical barriers. In cases like these, it’s better to deploy APs with external antenna arrays that can be customized. Trifecta can help you select the right antenna and accessories for your WLAN.
Weak network security
Are you still using a pre-shared key? It can unlock a host of problems, especially in this security-conscious age. A shared password opens the door to unauthorized users, especially if it is not updated. It’s better to authenticate individual users via the 802.1X standard and use complex passwords. This allows you to better monitor and restrict Wi-Fi access.
Trifecta Networks’ pro services team can share a number of robust authentication solutions with you.
Failing to do site surveys
Wi-Fi operates on a small frequency range. As such, its signals are sensitive to minor changes in the environment. Competing devices, new physical barriers and external interference can all have an outsized impact on WLAN operability. Perform regular wireless site surveys to detect changes in the spectrum and make needed adjustments.
If your organization hasn’t done one, a predictive site assessment is an inexpensive first step in determining network effectiveness. Call Trifecta Networks to arrange an assessment or survey.
Your enterprise depends on a robust, secure wireless network for critical operations and a great user experience. Choose an experienced partner like Trifecta Networks to help you design, implement and maintain your WLAN cost-effectively. Call 866-771-9785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today to get the ball rolling.
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About the Author
Joe Leone is a Senior Sales Engineer for Trifecta Networks. He provides support for customers in determining the best solution for their infrustructure and needs. Joe has the following certifications:
CompTIA - Network+ & Security+, Cisco CCNA, CCNA Wireless, CCNA RS, CCDA, CWNA, CWDP, CWAP, Brocade BCNA/BCNP, Aruba ACMA/ACMP, AirMagnet ASCP, and Quali TestShell