Upgrading your SMB’s Wireless Network

As mobility becomes a “must-have,” we see many small and medium-sized companies (SMBs) seeking to upgrade their legacy wireless infrastructure.

Between employees moving around the office and collaborating more and bringing their personal devices into the office, the number of required Wi-Fi access points has increased exponentially, creating a demand for more robust connectivity. SMB’s are thus seeking high-grade Wi-Fi networks that can handle the demands of their workforce while also being both affordable and manageable.

For that reason, many enterprises have seen success by upgrading their 802.11ac hardware. On top of providing improved connectivity, this type of hardware also comes with a cloud-based management platform, which makes it possible for even one-person IT departments to manage the network.

As you consider stepping up to this technology, here are some key terms to be familiar with:

    MU-MIMO: this multi-user, multiple input and output feature improves network efficiency and throughput by letting networks send data to numerous devices as once, versus having to handle them one at a time.

    160-megahertz channels: the maximum channel bandwidth for 802.11ac Wave 2 (also referred to as double Wave 1’s, which run at 80MHz).

    Four spatial streams: Wave 2 supports four streams to increase device speeds (this is up from the three streams supported by 802.11ac Wave 1)

    Extended 5-gigahertz channel support: Support for additional channels in the 5GHz spectrum reduces interference and congestion by minimizing the number of networks having to operate on overlapping channels.

Still unsure of whether this step up would benefit your enterprise? Contact our experts for a consultation.