Today, we experience Wi-Fi that is faster, smarter and more widespread than ever before. Because of this, we need to be smart consumers and this month, I'd like to share three recommendations about Wi-Fi usage that are important for connected individuals and businesses:
Free, public Wi-Fi networks are promoted everywhere, and soon we'll be able to connect seamlessly as we travel around New York City. Have you heard of LinkNYC? This new network will replace NYC payphones with kiosks providing free services such as high-speed Wi-Fi, charging stations and a tablet for web browsing. Over the next few years, 7500 Links kiosks will be installed in the five boroughs. Click here to read more in The Wall Street Journal.
When using open Wi-Fi, be aware that you're actually sharing a network with other people, thus putting your data at risk. You may think a public Wi-Fi is safe when, in fact, it might be bogus and can compromise your sensitive information and can lead to identity theft or financial loss. I want to share five tips on what you need to do to protect yourself:
This can all be quite confusing! If your employees are working remotely and using public Wi-Fi, call LeBlanc Communications to see how we can help protect you. You don’t want to have to make the call after your data or devices have been compromised.
Did you know that we are currently in the fifth generation of Wi-Fi? Even if you’re not a techy, you’ve noticed that Wi-Fi has changed dramatically over the years. You may have an older router/access point with 802.11a, 802.11b or 802.11g. These devices provide Wi-Fi that is slow with less signal strength. The most recent Wi-Fi generation, 802.11ac, is significantly faster, providing up to 866 Mbits per second.
See the chart below with general information on router speeds and the stream data rate:
Most businesses are getting at least 50 – 60 Mbits per second download speed from their cable company. Using an old router that provides a max of 11 Mbits per second can be the culprit for your slow Wi-Fi.
Below are three tips that can get you up to speed:
We’ve recently been working with a revolutionary wireless brand called Ubiquiti. It has a contemporary and cleanly designed Wi-Fi system with enterprise grade features at a substantial discount versus most of the competitors. The access points can be mounted subtly and now come with optional built-in paging speakers, ideal for a work or school setting for announcements and emergency communications. Ask us for details.
Having a separate SSID (Service Set Identifier for networks) for employees and guests is a wise decision. You don’t want to give guests access to your proprietary information when they visit your building. Below are four tips for securing your business network:
We often use a technology called VLAN (Virtual LANs) to do this segmentation between guests and employees. It is built in free with most switches, firewalls and access points.