Building An SMB Wireless LAN: Key Decision Points

ITBusinessEdge: Building An SMB Wireless LAN: Key Decision Points

Paul Mah guides SMBs through the process of implementing a wireless LAN, focusing on key decision points such as security, network density, frequency band and how you’ll access point management.

“I wrote about common Wi-Fi misconceptions earlier this week to address common mistakes made by businesses setting up a wireless LAN (WLAN). There is no denying that deploying a WLAN for the first time can be intimidating for SMBs that may not have the relevant expertise. To help decision makers or influencers along, I’ve made a short list of key decisions that companies deploying a Wi-Fi network will eventually be confronted with.

Security and Authentication

I think it is fair to say that businesses should not even consider the use of wireless access points (AP) that do not support the WPA2 encryption standard. In fact, some vendors even offer proprietary implementations where pre-generated encryption keys are used to further enhance security, while other capabilities on the security front include the ability to detect rogue, or unapproved, APs within the company walls.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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