In view of the digital transformation scenario in which we live, more and more companies need to implement resources to meet their respective technological needs.
In this respect, an adequate infrastructure is essential for the continuity of the operation of any company, especially the data network, which plays an essential role in the respective operation of the company.
When we talk about a wired data network, users connect their own devices directly to the network and, through this connection, get the connectivity they need.
Obviously, the network infrastructure must be adherent, with up-to-date maintenance, as well as the equipment that composes it.
However, many companies are gradually adopting the Wi-Fi network model, in order to allow users to no longer need to physically connect while in the office.
With this in mind, how is it possible to currently implement an appropriate Wi-Fi network that can serve your employees?
This is the topic we will discuss in this article.
MIGRATION TO WI-FI NETWORK
Initially, it is important to understand that there must be a prior planning that directs what will be the strategy that the company will adopt in this matter. In summary, let’s look at:
The company will aim to completely discontinue the use of physical connection by employees to the local network. Employees would only use the wireless network. In this option, the company must check in advance the amount of equipment that will be rendered useless.
The company will aim to partially discontinue the use of physical connection by employees to the local network. Some certain collaborators would start to use only the wireless network. In this option, the company must previously identify the amount of network equipment needed to meet the operation that will still use the physical network, as well as identify the amount of equipment needed to meet such demand.
Given that we have in the previous scope, it is important that there are all the necessary variables in the planning so that the project can be designed and implemented correctly.
PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE WI-FI NETWORK
Let’s look at some of these, and their respective importance, below:
Required range coverage
In Wi-Fi network projects, it is essential to define what the range coverage will be to serve the users. In this aspect, it is important to identify which standard will be adopted for each area.
Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that it is very important that your company thinks of a “site survey”, that is, before putting a possible implementation of a Wi-Fi network into practice, carry out a comprehensive analysis of the environment, with the performance of connectivity tests, in order to identify if the mapping performed is consistent with reality and avoid the overlapping of channels.
Data link consumption
It is essential that your company have a complete management of data traffic consumption on your Wi-Fi networks. This information should indicate what types of applications are being used by users, as well as their respective consumption. Once the technical team has this information, you will be able to identify whether it will be necessary to review any access policy.
Another important point corresponding to this topic, is that the information about the data network traffic on Wi-Fi networks, also allows the technical team to check if the traffic priorities are being correctly adhered to. Example: It is possible to identify if traffic priority is being given to a certain department that needs to interact with the client, as opposed to a network connection aimed at a visitor area.
Security of connections
Undoubtedly, the topic of Security is paramount when it comes to data networks, especially when we talk about Wi-Fi networks. Regardless of whether users connect via a wired or wireless network, as they connect to the company’s private network, they should only be allowed access if they have the appropriate authorization.
In this case, the company must also have an internal structure that makes the necessary security mechanisms available to provide a secure connection for each employee who enters the company’s network through a Wi-Fi connection.
Also in this aspect, it is important to map all the devices that will connect to the company’s services, in order to prevent any other device from having access to the company’s internal systems.
Another point, which should be noted, are the places where Wi-Fi network equipment will be installed. These locations must have prior protection, allowing no user to have access to the equipment directly. This aims to preserve not only “unauthorized” access within the organization itself, but also to prevent an external user from having easy access to the hardware.
It is essential that the IT technical team is up-to-date with courses and training aimed at bringing technical knowledge about the infrastructure that will be implemented. This aims to ensure faster technical support for employees, as well as more efficient technical management, which provides an optimization of all contracted resources.
In addition to these points that we have seen in this article, there are several others that must be observed in an individual and thorough analysis when planning a Wi-Fi network project. Therefore, a complete preliminary study is necessary, which will provide insight into which options are best for the project.
However, in order for a network infrastructure to be implemented and maintained correctly it is necessary to have a complete mapping of all network traffic, always aiming at better optimization of existing resources.
There is no doubt about the importance of investing in network management. Thus, it is noticeable that these good practices bring not only benefits to the visibility of the infrastructure, but also a way to ensure crucial information for increasingly assertive planning and strategies.
With this in mind, Telcomanager, Latin America’s leader in the network management software industry, since 2002 in the market with a unique and innovative methodology, provides intelligent solutions for monitoring data in order to provide complete visibility to the customer’s infrastructure, allowing your company to follow the main aspects of its network.
Posted in 06/28/2022