Which type of wireless networking are you looking for?
You must first consider your needs when choosing a wireless local network (LAN).
Analysis of wireless networking requirements
You should conduct a network needs analysis. Focus on these areas:
Area Coverage – The area in which you intend to use the wireless devices. This will help you to determine the location and number of wireless LAN access point.
Mobility – How will users move across the coverage areas and how reliable will the wireless signals be throughout?
Security – determine the level of protection your networked data needs against specific threats. This will allow you to decide whether you need to add certain components or technologies to the setup, such as wireless encryption.
Compatibility- Take a look at your existing applications and databases to ensure that your wireless LAN solution works with them.
Users and Devices – determine how many users and which devices you want to connect over the wireless network. Also, consider your financial resources and ensure that you select a solution that fits your needs.
How to identify your networking needs
Consider when assessing your wireless networking needs for your business.
Wireless communication goals – Increased flexibility and employee satisfaction
Specific and measurable goals for what you want to accomplish – Eg cost reductions and improved efficiency
How technology can improve your business – Including the potential to create new products and services
Think about the type of wireless solution that you require. Is there any site where installing cable networks could be problematic, eg listed buildings. Do salespeople or employees require mobility?
Discuss wireless solutions with other businesses.
Consider security concerns, including the possibility for hackers or other competitors to gain access to or modify your company’s data.
Consider the cost of wireless communication (such software, maintenance and installation) compared to the benefits you expect to receive for your business. Is the main benefit of wireless communication more efficient work worth the expense?
It is possible to get specialist advice from equipment and service providers or consultants on:
- Describe your needs
- Determine how much you are able to afford
- Find out more about the project
- Your plan should be implemented
Organise software support and training
It is important to consider the needs and interests of your customers, business partners, and employees.
Consider what your customers/business partners want, and if possible, look at the business systems they have.
Can your business support all wireless standards used by customers and partners? Are you limiting your wireless range by focusing on certain wireless users only?
Can you adapt your wireless network so that it works with the networks of your partners?