In a business environment you need a good robust and resilient wireless solution for customers and/or staff. With the introduction of tablets and mobile devices for inputting data becoming increasingly effective and widely used plus BYOD also becoming more popular, you need workers to be able to securely and efficiently use devices anywhere in on site with no handoff.
What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for Bring Your Device to Work. This is an increasingly popular method to engage your workers in what they are doing and make them feel happier, the system can also save the company money as they will not have to buy as many PCs. You do however have to note that BYOD is not a substitute to purchasing PCs!! There is a blog post coming soon with a more in-depth look at BYOD.
What is handoff?
If you roam between access points you can sometimes incur a latency penalty as a result of the roam, this is called handoff. Handoff is a big deal when it comes to wireless, if you want to be able to roam all around your site and not have any issues, such as disconnection you will need to buy zero handoff access points.
What do you need?
When you are installing wireless solutions you cannot just think about where the access points are going to be positioned(however that is a big thing!), you also have to think about what management you want. You are going to need a controller to adopt and mange the access points, this becomes a necessity when you are in a large business environment with lots of employees. You are going to need to be able to have greater control over them and be able to see such things as how much bandwidth they are using and potentially even block them! This is good for if you have a limited broadband service and you want to see who is taking up all the bandwidth!
There is a lot of companies that provide wireless solutions however I will begin to give my recommendations and take on things. Personally I use Ubiquiti, they offer a very very reasonably priced solution with good management and scalability. Rival companies such as Cisco and Aerohive offer a equally as good service however they are extortionately priced! A BIG advantage of Ubiquiti is that they have a lightweight and free wireless controller! This controller can either be run at local installations and then routed out to the internet or it can be hosted in the cloud, I am going to be writing more about this in a later blog post. Another advantage of the Ubiquiti equipment is that you do not have to have the controller permanently running, so if for example you are an IT consultant unless the client needs the guest portal feature you can just set up the access points and then leave them without a controller. I also love the Ubiquiti support and they have saved me a few times! All in all I very much favor Ubiquiti and will use them for any future wireless installations, with Ubiquiti you know exactly what you are getting and how much you are paying for it!