Premium WiFi and How it Helps Small Business
Have you ever heard these phrases regarding small businesses' WiFi?
- The WiFi is bad here, we should go somewhere else for coffee.
- The dentist office wait was boring. I didn’t have cell or WiFi coverage.
- We had to wait so long to pay! The waiter went across the room to process the payment.
- I got dropped from my skype call and it really annoyed the client!
- We had to eat inside since they had no WiFi on the patio. And it was such a nice day.
- The wireless speakers keep cutting out at that place!
If you hear these complaints, it’s a good clue that a small businesses WiFi network is not ready for the demands of a modern connected world. Even with new technologies like 5G, cellular coverage, performance may never be perfect, not to mention many users bumping up against strict caps on data-plans. For these reasons and more modern small and medium business need to start offering their customers and employees premium WiFi. Access to WiFi in modern businesses is a necessity. For most businesses for employees and customers access to the Internet via WiFi is as important as keeping the lights on. If WiFi is not on, business can’t be done.
What does Premium Business WiFi do for your Business?
With Increased reliability and speeds users will trust your WiFi will work, they will use it more and worry less. Giving them confidence.
- Better WiFi means Entertainment for guests, means Increased time in seats and can lead to more sales.
- Access to important business apps and services that make your business works, or guests business (work or play) will get done!
- Better WiFi will save everyone time and money.
- Business WiFi means you can secure your network from guest and provide secure access for Network managers.
- Premium WiFi gives access to options like Captive Portal to help you advertise your business and draw in customers or control time-limits for network hogs.
- Premium WiFi gives you flexible installation options to fit your business needs and layout. Including outdoors, ceilings, stand-alone and mesh. Including options to power your WiFi with awesome technologies like Power over Ethernet (PoE).
Trying to improve your WiFi?
Here are a few questions you should ask. To get your business on the path to better WiFi.
Can you support enough devices? How many client devices do I need to support per day, or per customer / client? You should estimate at least 1 device per person for Cell phones. Add an additional one for each laptop, or device like WiFi Security cameras or device like WiFi Thermostats? WiFi Speakers etc. Streaming TV’s.
Did you plan for 95% of situations? Will you have heavy times when more people than usual are on your network?
Are you giving them enough each? Access without enough bandwidth is like offering lights that are too dim. Or like providing a drinking fountain but, with just a trickle of water. How much bandwidth are you provisioned with from your Internet Provider? You would want to estimate between 5-20mbs per client. (For instance, a 400mb/s network might support 20-100 clients depending on what applications are being used).
Did you plan for heavy users? Remember that streaming video is one of the biggest bandwidth users, followed by photo streams (Like scrolling through Instagram), then Audio streams. Finally, devices like thermostats and text messages will use super-low bandwidth.
Are you getting enough area coverage for your business? Look at your business layout and decide if you have existing network cabling, or power outlet infrastructure. Remember that each access point creates a virtual “bubble” of WiFi that extends 30-60 feet and that walls will significantly diminish the WiFi signal. Also be aware of where the Internet enters your building. It's often a side or backroom or closet. If your place of business is very small (1-2 rooms) look at single access points. Orbi Pro is a great option your business is large, multi-room or outdoors, especially if you cannot run cablings and you want to do it all yourself with little to no networking experience. Multiple Insight access points, or Insight Mesh if you have more demanding WiFi needs or have an IT department or contractor.
Can you support enough individual WiFi devices?
NETGEAR has a WiFi solution for almost every need and use case. Including DIY options like stand-alone access points and easy DIY Mesh options such as Orbi Pro. Or if you work with an installer or contractor, consider asking for a remote managed solution like Insight Pro wireless access points.
Decide how many users you expect on your WiFi at any time. this will vary greatly depending what type of business and what type of connection you want to offer.
Low Density - 20 Devices – Small Office / Home Office / Plug & Play / 1-room
Recommended: Stand-Alone access points - WAC104 / WAC120 Essentials SOHO Wireless Family
Medium Density - 100-200 Devices – Remote Management & Wired PoE
Recommended: Several PoE Powered access points - WAC505/WAC510 Insight Managed Wireless Family
Low Density - 40 Devices – Home Office / Small & medium Office / Retail & Café / DIY Setup / Easy Management
Recommended: All-in one Business Wireless Mesh Systems - Orbi Pro Orbi Pro AC3000 Tri-band WiFi system
High Density - 600 Devices – Large Offices / Venues
Recommended: Multiple Tri-Band Wired & Mesh Access Points WAC540/564 Insight Managed Wireless Family
Does your WiFi support current standards?
All current NETGEAR Business WiFi products support AC WiFi otherwise known as WiFi 5, or 802.11AC. Nearly all modern connected consumer and business devices use “AC” WiFi. If you have an older wireless router or access point, check what Wireless format it supports natively. If it is “Wireless N, Wireless G” you should seriously consider an update. Wireless N WiFi takes a serious range and speed penalty when connecting to modern Wireless AC devices. This goes for any WiFi extenders too. Quickly on it’s tail will be new devise that support WiFi 6 or “AX” but very few devices currently support this format, but note, it is the future of WiFi and will support many more clients per radio. You can expect future Access Points to support it.
How will you improve your Business WiFi?
I hope we’ve given you some ideas how to start down the path of improving your small and medium business WiFi. While not as easy as screwing in a new light bulb, many DIY options like Orbi Pro offer much easier ways of significantly improving your connection to your employees and customers.
Do you have more ways better WiFi has helped your business? We’d love to hear them in the discussion below.
Re: Premium WiFi and How it Helps Small Business
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