Wireless Future Proofing: A Simple Guide
Ever heard of Moore’s Law? It’s a computing term coined in the 70’s which predicted that the overall processing power of computers will double every couple of years. Wireless technology is no different and is constantly changing for the better, with new technology hitting the market on a weekly basis.
But is it possible to future proof your education WiFi or enterprise WiFi? With these five simple tips, you can help your wireless setup to stand your business or organisation in good stead for years to come.
802.11ac as standard
It’s estimated that soon everyone will possess at least five wireless devices – with smartphones, laptops, desktops, tablets, printers and other peripherals all using WiFi, it’s important to have a network that can handle the stress. 802.11ac has been around for a while, but it’s never too late to invest in a standard that will cope with the demands of your organisation.
A future-proof wireless network needs to not only make use of today’s frequencies, but to be adaptable for emerging frequency bands. Over the next decade, new bandwidth-intensive technologies will begin to use 568MHz of new frequencies. Can your current setup cope?
Making upgrades easy
It makes sense to keep tabs on the latest wireless trends. By choosing equipment that can be upgraded in the future, such as an Aerohive network, you’re ensuring a longer lifespan out of your networking devices.
As we touched upon earlier, the number of devices being used on your network is only going to increase. If you’re looking for longevity from your wireless network, you should be investing in gear that is going to allow for years of seamless network growth.
Some of the newest adaptive access points come with SDN, or software defined radios. This facilitates the use of both radios in an access point to operate concurrently on 5GHz, allowing you to quickly and easily reconfigure your network based on the capabilities of your client. This can be achieved with a simple mouse-click.
Want to know more about how to future proof your wireless network? Why not get in touch with a member of our team, who will be more than happy to discuss your requirements and offer technical advice on how upgrading your WiFi can improve your business.