Some wireless networks just work.
You select the name of a wireless network from the list that comes up on your phone or laptop and hit connect, within seconds it shows that your connected, you go to you browser and then go to Google and boom its sitting there waiting for you. That’s the goal of a wireless network. In today’s market this is what consumers expect. Google for example; invests huge amounts of money in research and development so that it can return results to users within a fraction of a second because research shows that users want and expect this level of service.
To deliver this level of performance you need to forget about the wireless end of things and begin with the copper lines or the fiber connection entering the premises which is providing your internet connection. Establishing the optimal speed that the initial point within the building is primary as everything further relies on this connection to the outer internet. From that point we need to look at the connection between the internet source (structured cabling) and the device that actually broadcasts the wireless signal which is known as a wireless access point. Once those 3 components have been identified as good there will be a reliable wireless network in place.
Once you are delivering a fast, reliable and powerful WiFi network you will find that the same users and or customers are returning time and time again to use your WiFi. So the question is how can YOU benefit from this arrangement outside of having an increased return footfall?
Footfall within the locality of your business may not see or be aware that your business is in the area, a wireless network with a good range can reach customers you may never have had. Whether they become a customer or someone that is on their contact list is. Facebook is the largest social network in the world. Imagine anyone who connects to your WiFi needs to first check into your own company Facebook page? Potentially introducing every contact on their friend list to your company or on the other hand, before they access the internet the user is taken to a page with your information and the terms and conditions before being directed to your own website.
Or what about individuals who may live or work close to your premises who are abusing their privilege, with our solution its easy to view traffic details and block by device ID, you can even send them a message!
A Third Leg.
A significant issue which we encounter regularly is when a number of separate wireless networks in the same locality are broadcasting on same channel or frequency. Normally this happens when two or more access points are from the same manufacturer and are set to a default channel. Manually changing the channel can help but you may find yourself back to square one if the other device gets changed also or a further device gets installed and this doesn’t have to be just an access point, devices such as cordless telephones etc. can also cause interference. Our Cisco solution will automatically scan and change its channel to the best one available saving you the headache before it ever becomes an issue.
Whole Building WiFi.
Lets say you occupy a building with a number of floors and each floor is large. The business you own is lets say a restaurant. You need a wireless network that will give customers free internet access and you want a second separate WiFi network that’s used for the waiters devices and such. typically installing a number of wireless access points around the building will give you a number of different wireless networks that your device will connect to and disconnect from re-establishing a new connection every time they move about the building. With our system we can build a mesh network whereby your device seamlessly connects to the wireless network as you move around the building, intelligently and seamlessly connecting to the strongest signal available. The device will automatically connect to the different access points while keeping all your IP information the same giving you uninterrupted service.
WiFi Installation Companies.
A commercial wireless installation should be able to give you insight into your wireless network so that you can properly administrate and tweak the system so its not being burdened for everyone by a few problem users. Some of our systems facilitate an amazing level of information delivery which is accessible remotly from any location with an internet connection. You can easily view who is currently connected and how much data they are using, what URL’s they visit and what services they use. You can easily block a certain website or services, for example if you have a low bandwidth internet connection and multiple users you may wish to block Dropbox or P2P file sharing which can slow things up for other users.
- Cloud Based Admin - View and administrate your wireless network remotly.
- Who’s Viewing What? - See what sites are being used to shape your network.
- New or Old Users? - View when users first and last connected or if they are currently online.
- Remove Users Easily view and block any user by their hardware.
- Contact Users - Send one or more users a message.
- Graphs - view data usage per user.
- Control - block adult content.
- Blocking - block a website or web based service.
- Portion Control - limit the connection period per user.
- Reporting - Schedule automatic email reports.
- View User Location - View location heat-map via triangulation.
Power Over Ethernet (POE).
Our WiFi systems don’t need a direct electrical supply - Minimizing the need for an electrician to come and fit power in the location of the access point. We can send power and data directly to the WiFi device with a single Ethernet cable giving the access point a minimalist look. This means you can install wireless in practically any location either inside or outside without having messy cables for power.
The two solutions for having WiFi outside is either use an external grade wireless access point and data cable or install an access point in an IP (waterproof) rated enclosure again using a external grade data cable. We have a number of solutions in either category.