Redway Networks Moves to New Offices

We have recently moved offices from 70 Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Mk13 9HG to Aurora House, Deltic Avenue, Rooksley, MK13 8LW.

Aligned with our commitment to strategic growth, this office relocation enables us to expand our business model whilst continuing to support our customers. We will house our staff in a flexible, hybrid workplace where they will continue to deliver future-proofed networking solutions that enable our customers to improve efficiency and profitability.

Leigh Hayes, Director for Redway Networks says: “We are excited to relocate to our new, larger office space. This move represents our dedication to service our customers at the highest levels and reaffirm our commitment to Milton Keynes, the UK’s fastest growing city for high-performance technologies.”

Operations Director at Redway Networks Rob Clarke who oversaw the office move says: “Our new office has the space for us to grow with the amenities for our staff to foster a great work environment.”

“Effective immediately, we are now located at Aurora House, Deltic Avenue, Rooksley, Bradwell Common, Milton Keynes MK13 8LW. Our office telephone number remains to same and to reach us please call 01908 046400”.

Come and see us at the MAT Midlands event where we will be showcasing how our end-to-end cloud networking solutions help Multi-Academy Trusts manage their schools’ ICT effectively and build the digital infrastructure for the future.

Education is changing at an increasing speed alongside technology, best practice, and the needs of tomorrow’s workforce – all at a time of unprecedented change when it comes to government policies, where and how students learn, and the mediums for delivering and assessing curriculums.

The layout of education is also changing; the majority of UK schools are now part of an MAT, with the remaining percentage set to merge or join in the coming years. Whilst this represents an opportunity for a collegiate of schools to pool resources, insights and budgets, it also brings its challenges.

The challenges that stand in the way of Trust-wide opportunities

Uniting schools – especially during times of rapid change – is complex, but must be achieved without disruption to learning outcomes, and without hindering transformation. Once united, these schools can also be harder to manage, simply from a multi-site organisation point of view. In short, MATs face growing challenges, and often shrinking budgets. One of the principle ways to handle these challenges – and therefore a crucial area for investment – is connected, digital technology both in and outside classrooms.

One significant benefit for MATs is the pooling of resources and budgets, meaning they can often invest in solutions that standalone schools might not be able to afford. These investments do, however, impact the whole collegiate of schools and therefore MAT leaders need to feel confident in choices made to push the trust forward. An excellent way of gaining this insight is through events where key players in the sector can share experience and insights in a constructive environment.

Connecting, sharing and gaining actionable insight at MATPN events, designed for Trusts

The MAT Partnership Network hosts events for leaders in MATs, giving them the opportunity to connect, share and learn in a space designed with their needs in mind. Delegates, LEA officials and sector suppliers can discuss issues common to many MATs, finding trust-wide solutions through peer speakers, spotlight supplier presentations and targeted focus groups. The 2 day event will see MATs depart better equipped to navigate the changing learning landscape.

As expert suppliers to the education sector, we work with many of these MATs to provide networking solutions that facilitate joined-up ways of working, teaching and learning, and simplify managing a complex network of needs, from security and 1:1 devices, to learning resources and SIMS. We specifically design networks with MATs in mind, offering huge scalability for expanding trusts, capacity for 10 years of EdTech, and trust-wide cyber-security capable of facing today’s significant threats.

One-to-one, personalised, proactive conversations with trusted suppliers of MATs

We will be attending the MATPN Midlands event at The Orchard Hotel, Nottingham, on the 11th and 12th of October 2022, presenting as a spotlight ‘Dragons’ Den’ supplier, hosting 1-2-1 meetings, and taking part in networking dinners and breakout areas.

If you are attending MAT Midlands and would like to organise a meeting with our educational networking experts, please email MAT Partnership Network at hello@pne-uk.com or call them on +44(0) 1293 661 044 and request a one-to-one session.

Rising customer expectations, an ‘on-demand’ supply chain, the complexity of global logistics, the move towards customisation – these and many other challenges are forcing players in manufacturing and supply chains to transform their operations in order to retain a competitive edge.

Both unearthing and implementing these transformational changes – however – requires a huge amount of digging into productivity, efficiency, and where gaps can be closed through innovation. To add to the size and scope of this task, as technology advances, the rate at which these gaps become evident increases; businesses slow to identify them are left further behind, faster.

Tackling these major challenges demands a shift in the way efficiency and productivity are handled, namely moving away from human monitoring, analysis and review towards automated systems that take advantage of machine learning, AI and cloud-based management.

Enter IoT and its capacity to help find productivity gaps and close them more accurately, efficiently, and affordably than humans ever can. The data generated by these devices provides organisations with real-time, data-driven insights that can have automated corrective actions, and embed an agile approach to change and transformation within the business.

McKinsey research estimates that by 2025, IoT devices and their application could save businesses over £350 billion per year in operational costs.

Benefits of Adopting IoT & Automated Monitoring of Efficiency

Reducing operational costs

Optimising how products are made, moved and managed throughout your supply chain carries huge cost savings through:

Health & safety

Your workforce is one of – if not the most – expensive cost to your business. IoT can help increase its profitability through:

Improved Production

Improving how each element of your production line performs means faster production times and better output as a whole, primarily through:

Realising the Potential of IoT in Warehouses & Avoiding Failed Adoptions

The benefits of IoT are clear, however successful deployments are based on more than just a plug and play approach, and many organisations who fail to adequately plan see their investment fall flat.

So what are the main reasons IoT adoption in warehouse environments fails? An initial factor that can lead to failure is a human one. A business culture that is not ready for a data-driven approach to strategy can cause serious issues, from resistance to the change to not having the adequate skillset available, either in house or external. This can be a challenge to overcome post-deployment.

The simplest and most easily remedied reasons for failure, however, are IT ones, including:

There’s no doubt that adopting a data-driven business strategy with IoT at the centre puts pressure on your IT infrastructure, from a rising number of inter-connected devices on the edge, all independently aggregating and analysing data, to consistently higher traffic, blurred network edges and higher security risks.

Networks that cannot provide the necessary connectivity foundations for IoT will prevent your organisation from realising the value of IoT – both it’s current and exponentially bigger future potential.

This is where next-gen networks, primarily Wi-Fi 6 and cloud-based networks excel. Wi-Fi 6 delivers 160 MHz of bandwidth, data rates of 10Gbps, and operates at 5 GHz, giving superior performance that’s quite literally made for IoT, with faster throughput, reliable and robust connectivity, significantly less congestion and reduced power consumption. Moving to a cloud-based network removes limits on your IT infrastructure, making it truly scalable, offering easy deployment with zero-touch-provisioning, and giving total control of every device from anywhere, any time. Cloud-based networks are ideal for multi-site businesses where having locally managed networks are becoming increasingly complex and disjointed – for example supply chains, manufacturing and logistics. In short, cloud-based networks mean you can build, monitor, manage and scale your smart spaces faster, easier, and with better outcomes.

Any network which looks to take advantage of constantly evolving tech such as IoT needs to be designed with the future in mind – both the future of your business and the future tech it will look to adopt. If you’d like to find out more about next-gen networks to support IoT, get in touch with us. Our network engineers are experts in wired and wireless networks in warehouse environments, and have the latest CWISA accreditation in IoT solutions and administration.

Wireless network performance is akin to business performance these days; productivity, efficiency, automation all rely on agile connectivity which can make or break your organisation. Consequently, it goes without saying that if you’re experiencing problems with your WiFi, you can’t afford to let them go unresolved. A professional wireless survey is the best way to resolve any issues both in terms of efficiency, ensuring a thorough job is done, and also to give you certainty that your solutions won’t cause additional problems down the line.

A wireless survey needs to be conducted by a qualified professional who can draw on years of experience, industry best practice, uses the most accurate and informative tools, and can make recommendations and a fresh design based on emerging technology and industry changes. An experienced WiFi engineer can use these tools and techniques to make data-driven decisions regarding your new network that remove the risk of wasted IT budget on a failed deployment, and make sure your solution responds perfectly to the needs of your organisation.

Benefits of a professional wireless network survey include:

How should you pick the right kind of survey?

Choosing the right type of WiFi survey will largely depend on the type of organisation you work for, your timescale and your budget. Our whole focus as a business is on offering a bespoke service that puts your organisation and its needs at the centre. Although you could label our surveys as either active or passive, they’re always tailored to our clients, giving you the insight you need within the right timescale, cost and convenience.

We plan a wireless survey entirely around your organisation by taking the time to get to know your requirements, problems, and business objectives. We don’t make assumptions on the type of survey you need before we fully understand why you need it, and how we can help you move towards an optimally performing network. We focus on providing services that have actionable, positive outcomes to help support your IT department and push your organisation forward, and that starts with our surveys.

What types of WiFi survey do we offer?

Passive, predictive surveys

Our remote WiFi surveys rely on both your floorplans and usage insight to create a simulated version of your wireless LAN that takes variables like square footage, wall types, user requirements, applications and many others into account. We can create different WiFi heat maps to create simulated designs that will deliver optimum performance, whether you’re looking to improve your existing wireless network or design a new one.

These types of survey are convenient and quick so we can get to the bottom of your network performance quickly and work towards solutions faster. They’re also a more affordable option than a full site survey with a visit from one of our network engineers.

Validation surveys

Although passive surveys are a great option for designing a new wireless network, we are predicting performance against a simulated environment. At Redway we don’t consider our job done until you’re 100% satisfied with the result, and consequently, with passive surveys we always recommend following up with a verification survey post-install to ensure your new solution is offering the predicted performance. Validation surveys help ensure the best possible performance through optimising configuration based on a live, active network that is in situ. They are an affordable way of ensuring a successful design that won’t require potentially costly fixes down the line.

Active, site surveys

Aforementioned passive or predictive surveys are best used in simple environments with little interference, low density/capacity. For many organisations, this isn’t the best way to go about designing a new network, especially in busy workplaces like warehouses or offices with lots of interference from machinery, metal, or surrounding offices. An active, on-site survey is the most accurate and informative type of WiFi survey available, and is strongly advised by our engineers in these high-risk environments where predicting performance against a simulated design is harder.

Our network engineers walk the entirety of your site, capturing live data and mapping real-time performance against your floorplans. This means we can account for extenuating circumstances such as interference, prove times between APs, and pinpointing signal loss. Only an active survey will give us the ability to mimic real-life scenarios at your workplace, looking at spectrum analysis, RSSI, latency, the seamlessness of roaming and capacity checks.

An active or site survey makes installation a smoother process by eliminating surprises that take time and potentially additional costs to work around.

How do we present our findings from your WiFi survey?

How are our surveys different to our competitors?

What if you have questions about your wider network infrastructure?

Your wireless network is only part of the wider picture. As your network gets increasingly complex, you may find that a broader understanding of product performance and longevity is helpful, from switches to cabling. This is where our network audits come in. These audits look at your entire network, and provide an in-depth assessment of your hardware, configuration, architecture and security, enabling you to see clearly where your current network is not giving the performance you need.

As with our wireless surveys, these are performed by our highly qualified network engineers, giving you a comprehensive report that in-house staff may not have the time, resource, experience or equipment to produce.

Rest assured, we don’t put pressure on you to revamp your entire IT infrastructure all at once. Our network audit reports are produced on a ‘traffic light system’ basis with immediate, medium term and long-term actions. Find out more about our networking audits.

Wi-Fi 6E is a critical milestone; it brings Wi-Fi to a new frequency band, 6GHz. Wi-Fi 6E is going to change how we think and plan our networks going forward; it’s going to enable more capacity, enforce the newest generation of Wi-Fi security and improve network performance. However, as with many new technologies, there are some essential considerations before plunging into Wi-Fi 6E. Together we’ll go through precisely what Wi-Fi 6E is and how it will affect real-world networks today.

What is it?

You may already be familiar with Wi-Fi 6, the latest Wi-Fi standard, also called 802.11ax. This standard uses the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency spaces; Wi-Fi 6E uses the same Wi-Fi standard but extends the available frequencies to 6GHz.

Those familiar with Wi-Fi will know that 2.4GHz is very congested, with only three non-overlapping channels and non-Wi-Fi devices all using the same frequency. 5GHz has more channels than 2.4Ghz and is considered less congested (though this congestion has been steadily increasing over the years), which is why most Wi-Fi networks are designed for 5GHz today.

Ofcom has approved a portion of the 6GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi in the UK, giving us more channels than we’ve ever had before. Coupled with a thorough design, more channels mean less interference and channel overlap, which will result in more reliable networks with greater capacity. These extra channels also allow us to use wider channels to increase throughput. Let’s compare 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz in the UK:

Wi-Fi 6e throughput
*channels are non-overlapping using 2.2Mhz channels.

Can I use it now?

To use Wi-Fi 6E, you need three things: to be in a country that has allowed the use of 6GHz (in the UK, 6GHz is allowed), a Wi-Fi 6E Access point and a Wi-Fi 6E device (such as a laptop or smartphone).

Wi-Fi 6E access points and devices have just started to enter the market. However, many new devices are still shipping without Wi-Fi 6E chipsets. One important point to note is that Wi-Fi 6E requires a 6GHz radio; this means that Wi-Fi 6E won’t be available with a firmware update as a physical hardware change is required.

Most Wi-Fi connections won’t be Wi-Fi 6E. However, we started to see the first Wi-Fi 6 devices entering the market two years ago, and based on our analysis of UK networks, Wi-Fi 6 devices now account for about 20% of connections. We may see a similar level of growth with Wi-Fi 6E.

A Wi-Fi 6E network deployed today will likely reap the benefits after the first few years.

What’s a good strategy for deployment?

When deploying Wi-Fi 6E, there are a few considerations, and of course, each network will have its own specific requirements.

Depending on your use case, you may decide to deploy Wi-Fi 6E in high-density areas or areas that require additional throughput. Another option is to include Wi-Fi 6E in all locations.

One exciting option available with some access points is switching radios between 5GHz and 6GHz. For example, the XE3-4 Wi-Fi 6E Access Point from Cambium Networks allows you to combine two radios that operate as a single 5GHz 6×6 device. Then as more devices start to support Wi-Fi 6E, you can separate these radios into a 5GHz 2×2 and a 6GHz 4×4.

Another important topic to consider is WPA3, WPA3 enhances Wi-Fi security, and it is mandatory with Wi-Fi 6E. As a result, WPA2 client devices won’t co-exist with a Wi-Fi 6E SSID. This requirement introduces a level of complexity for networks that support WPA2 devices, which are most networks today. A clear strategy should be developed for managing WPA2 and WPA3 connections on the same network.

6GHz radio waves will propagate differently to 5GHz radio waves. The higher the frequency, the greater the loss between free space and physical objects, resulting in smaller coverage cells for Wi-Fi 6E devices. So it is essential to plan for coverage of your new Wi-Fi 6E network and, where necessary, adjust AP placement and quantity.

Find out why Cambium Networks is the best choice WiFi solution for warehousing and industrial businesses.

If you’re thinking about using Wi-Fi 6E in your network and want to discuss your strategy for deployment, you can contact our Wi-Fi specialists on 01908 046 400.

Warehouses are complex environments for WiFi. Users and devices are constantly moving from place to place, the signal is attenuated by racking, and there is a large area to cover. As a result, many systems that would perhaps work well in a simpler environment (such as an office) are not transferable to the warehouse.

When issues inevitably arise, it is understandably often a kneejerk reaction to make quick changes to try and mitigate the problems caused by a struggling network. These include:

Add more access points

This may well be the solution to your problem. Still, it needs to be managed carefully to ensure we’re covering the desired areas without causing interference to the rest of the network.

Install warehouse WiFi extenders

This technology has many names (warehouse WiFi boosters, repeaters), but all do the same thing – extend your Wi-Fi coverage; however, it causes additional jitter, latency, delay, reduces overall throughput and increases interference. These types of solutions should be avoided. Trust us, there are better options.

Meshing

Meshing can be used to solve coverage and can work well under certain stances. However, when you try to mesh multiple APs, place those APs too far away from each other or connect numerous devices, you can quickly run into issues. Meshing can work well in homes or small offices but it doesn’t support the capacity or throughput needed by most warehouses.

Turn up the power

Increasing the transmit power of your access points may seem like an easy way to improve coverage. However, Wi-Fi is a two-way conversation, and your devices also need to talk louder to send that signal back. In most battery-powered devices, this is not an option.

Use wider channel widths

Using wider channels enables higher data rates, making it appealing for many users. However, there is a limited amount of spectrum to use, and as a result, wider channels can often cause interference.

Usually, these ‘solutions’ are akin to placing a plaster on an open-heart wound, and in some cases, may create more problems than they solve! You’re then left with a more convoluted IT infrastructure that’s harder to monitor, harder to manage, and with more things to break down or go wrong. In short, you’ve compromised the integrity of your network so that it is unlikely to offer even, reliable performance in all areas you need it to.

At Redway Networks, we take a different approach to designing networks. Every warehouse is different, and as a result, we tailor each design to our customer’s needs. We consider the layout of the building, the materials inside, what devices are in use, how many and what future plans the business has for Wi-Fi usage. To deliver a successful design that will last for years, we utilise industry-leading tools such as Ekahau, giving us the ability to plan signal strength, data rates and mitigate interference. Once a network is in place, we always conduct a verification survey to verify our design and optimise performance. This gives us the ability to get your network working from day one.

With extensive experience in the logistics and manufacturing sector, we understand the challenges warehouse environments face when it comes to connectivity. We also know how to future-proof your business for the future of supply chains through networks that can adopt emerging tech such as machine learning, automation, real-time analytics and hyper-agile connectivity.

If you’d like to talk to us about your wireless network, get in touch with our Warehouse WiFi engineers today.

In the last 24 hours, the Wi-Fi alliance has announced a series of new Wi-Fi vulnerabilities. This attack is on the Wi-Fi protocol itself, meaning all Wi-Fi devices are affected, both APs and users. This marks a significant opportunity for cyber-attacks, so understanding the risks and the remedies is key. Our summary below sheds light on the announcement and answer the questions on everyone’s minds.

What is it?

The vulnerabilities have been named FragAttacks; the vulnerabilities exploit design flaws in the Wi-Fi protocol and implementation flaws in Wi-Fi products.

This was discovered by Dr. Mathy Vanhoef (New York University Abu Dhabi), and more detailed information about the vulnerabilities can be found here.

Are my devices affected?

Yes, this affects all Wi-Fi versions and works against all security suites WEP, WPA, WPA2, and WAP3. This means that all Wi-Fi devices are affected.

Is my network at risk?

The likelihood of an attack is using these vulnerabilities is very low; there are no known available tools to complete an attack. It would take a skilled hacker to launch an attack; in addition to this, the hacker would need to be in range of your Wi-Fi network.

When will a patch be ready?

What if a patch isn’t ready?

Steps can be taken to mitigate some attacks, such as:

If you are concerned about the WiFi Alliance’s latest announcement on FragAttacks and you would like to know more about which devices are affected, if your network at risk, or when product patches will be ready, get in touch with us to see how we can help.

We frequently come across schools, businesses and organisations who are well aware of Cisco Meraki, but are unaware of its competitiveness against its industry peers. As a Gartner Magic Quadrant company, Meraki solutions come with the kind of superior experience you’d expect from a leader in networking and wireless technologies, but contrary to assumptions this does not mean exclusionary pricing or policies.

Below we answer the most frequently asked questions when it comes to Meraki licences, pricing, total cost of ownership (TCO) and security.

What options are there for licences with Meraki?

Meraki offer 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 year terms, which include the total cost of ownership during these timeframes. One reason we highly recommend Meraki particularly to UK schools is because they only pay for 5 years when taking out a 10 year licence.

What does a Meraki license include?

A Meraki licence incorporates many line items you would see in other solutions wrapped into one, including:

How does Meraki compare in terms of affordability?

Why should I choose Meraki over a less expensive consumer grade solution?

Is Meraki secure?

Yes! Only configuration information passes through the cloud and all user data stays on the local network. If the internet connection goes down, the local area network (LAN) will stay up and running and you will still be able to access shared printers, files, etc. Configuration changes will just be queued until connection is restored (though changing configurations is usually not a priority when the internet is down).

What is on a Meraki BOM?

Each piece of hardware requires a license. For example, if you purchase 10 wireless access points, you will need 10 licenses.

What support will I get?

If you’d like to speak to us about a Meraki wireless solution, please get in touch with us so we can advise.

As experts in WiFi for schools, Redway Networks partners with a number of vendors to offer cloud-based wireless solutions with education environments in mind. We always focus on offering vendor-neutral, independent advice on each so that you can make the right choice for your school, academy or college, but it’s also important to consider that each partner has particular strengths.

One example is Cisco Meraki, who we often recommend to schools, academies and colleges for a number of reasons. Below our summary is Meraki’s video on why their solutions are aimed at the UK education sector.

Cloud security

Superior licence

High capacity/density

Agile management

Full stack solution

Video: Meraki for Education in the U.K.

Today marks 12 months since the simple instruction to “stay home, save lives, and protect the NHS” caused a huge shift in the way we live; the COVID-19 pandemic sent millions of employees home to work, learn and socialise within their own 4 walls, and staying connected to the outside world beyond our household became entirely reliant on the internet.

Wireless connectivity has been so vital during this time that digital inclusion charity Good Things Foundation has recommended that the internet be classified as an essential utility, alongside electricity, water and heating. We would argue that enterprise connectivity has always been crucial, but that COVID-19 has shone a light on just how vital a part of modern day living, learning and working it is.

So what changes in perspectives and priorities have taken place in the world of WiFi in the last 12 months as a direct result of the pandemic?

Increase in Global Bandwidth & Speed

At the start of the pandemic, global internet traffic was predicted to rise by 28% but in reality it was almost double at 47% according to Telegeography. In March 2020, the UK’s major internet service and mobile providers agreed to temporarily remove data allowance caps on fixed line broadband services and added free extras to customers’ plans following discussions with the government.

Global internet bandwidth rose by 35% to meet the increase in demand, a substantial increase over the previous year’s modest 26%, showing the acute awareness that keeping the world connected digitally was vital for minimising disruption.

When reviewing the last year, speeds in the UK have increased. According to the internet speed testing giant Ookla, upload and download speeds in the UK have actually increased (and stayed elevated) since March 2020.

WiFi Means Safety

For those without adequate connectivity and security, COVID put them at higher risk of misinformation, fraud and cyber scams. The ability to book health appointments online, including vaccination jabs, put those with WiFi and connected devices such as smartphones, laptops and PCs at a significant advantage, particularly the elderly. This has caused a wave of learning within this societal bracket; 95% of adults in the UK have used the internet in the last 3 months according to ONS, meaning a significant number have been forced to become connected for the first time.

Connectivity = Continuity

Incorporating agility, capacity and BYOD into network models has been a growing focus for many years, but many organisations had not progressively adopted these factors into their IT infrastructure. The need to suddenly support remote working, video meetings, a huge rise in the number of devices connected to the network, and ensure business-wide security was a huge obstacle that caused business disruption and backlogs in work. COVID forced those lagging behind the curve to adapt in a hurry, and a year on most are in a position to offer employees a level of ongoing flexibility that did not exist in 2019.

Closing the Digital Divide

Since March 2020, wireless connectivity has been the backbone for delivering education throughout multiple lockdowns and widespread social and professional isolation. The importance of learning continuity for children, teens, and young adults meant that a close eye was kept on student experience and results, which shone a light on the ‘digital divide’.

60% of private schools and 37% of state schools in the most affluent areas already had an online platform in place to receive students’ work, meaning they were largely prepared for the shift to remote learning and teaching. This was compared with just 23% amongst the most deprived schools, showing that children from more disadvantaged backgrounds saw the biggest negative impact to their learning due to a lack of access to adequate devices such as laptops, tablets, and adequate Wi-Fi, in addition to teachers being less accustomed to digital learning and the use of EdTech. Hundreds of thousands of devices have been distributed to these students over the last 12 months, with significant grants and bursaries being given to schools to fund these improvements, but the divide remains to be closed.

Stretching the Security Blanket

With the sudden adoption of digitally working, learning and living came an explosion in terms of the number of devices connected to business networks. Security and privacy concerns sky-rocketed as every source, smartphone, portal and PC became a hacking target, and protecting businesses from cyber-attacks became a more prominent part of new network projects.

Although the initial peak in protecting business data has largely been and gone over the last 12 months, keeping your security up to date against the latest risks will remain an elevated priority in line with the elevated risks of larger and more agile networks.

Pandemic Proof Network Management

Over the last year, IT teams across the country have been under extreme pressure to deliver higher performance to more devices with less visibility. For businesses less ready for agile working, getting the workforce online and able to do their jobs remotely was a huge initial struggle. As with security, the shift has largely been made a year on, but if the size and scope of networks is set to remain ‘as is’ post COVID, managing and monitoring networks will be both more time consuming and more complex.

Uniformity across devices is less easy to ensure, and its harder to fix problems and respond to troubleshooting questions if your network isn’t cloud-based and cloud-managed. Network management will need to allow total visibility from anytime, anywhere, and will progressively need to be able to adopt AI, machine learning and other emerging technologies.

All this explains why investing in wireless connectivity is booming, and rightly so. Businesses want networks that can support the future – whatever it has to throw at us. “Business Wi-Fi isn’t a luxury or a nice-to-have anymore. The devices connecting to our networks, ranging from personal phones and laptops to connected machinery and handheld scanners, are Wi-Fi-first and many times Wi-Fi-only”. says Ekahau, the leaders in WiFi survey and design software.

For further reading, our partner Ekahau just published their latest white paper, titled “The Global State of WiFi”, which takes a long, hard, holistic view of the shape of things to come in the world of wireless.