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Wireless Access Point: Everything You Need to Know for Your Business

In today’s fast-paced environment, optimal internet functionality is vital for the survival of your business.

If you are experiencing loss of productivity due to dropped connections, it’s time to install a wireless access point (WAP).

Find out how you can go about installing a WAP to increase productivity and ensure the success of your business.

Basic wireless access points

A wireless access point is a device which transmits information among devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.   It does this by creating a wireless area network (WLAN) in your building and projecting a Wi-Fi signal to a specific area.

This has several benefits for your business. These are low-cost Internet sharing services and mobility of connected devices.  Unfortunately, a stand-alone access point can have its drawbacks too. These access points often have limited coverage. Transmission can be unreliable too, especially through solid objects such as walls.

This is particularly true in the case of WAP’s designed for home use.

Business-grade access points

To cope with the high connectivity demands of the business environment, it is a good idea to install an access point to a wired router, switch or hub with an Ethernet cable. These access points can be set up anywhere that you can run these cables.

The latest models are compatible with Ethernet plus so that one cable can deliver both data as well as electric power to your device.

Captive Portal and an Access Control list may also feature in the newer models. These allow you to protect sensitive information by limiting guest access and managing users.

A Clustering feature ensures that your IT administrator can view and manage your entire Wi-Fi network from a single point.

Another way to create an access point for your business is to use a router to extend the wireless exposure around your premises.

Routers

A router is a device that joins computers together via a network of structured cabling. Usually, routers come with a basic firewall to protect your system from internet threats.  Wireless routers are equipped to function as an access point as well.

When selecting a suitable wireless router for your business, you have a few options:

  • VPN Firewall Router – can be used to set up a secure internal network of devices.  This is called a Virtual Private Network (VPN).  All information transmitted by means of a VPN is secure and private from the outside world.
  • UTM Gateway – Another type of firewall, a UTM gateway uses content filtering to protect your network. Spam, malware, and intrusion are blocked before they can infiltrate your systems.
  • Broadband Routers – These must be used in conjunction with a separate Wi-Fi access point.
  • Core Router – Core routers connect several computers in a building (Local Area Network). The devices on the LAN can share information but need a separate Wi-Fi access point to use the internet.

How to choose the best wireless access point for your business

All this technical jargon can be overwhelming. The easiest way to set up a wireless access point for your business is to get in touch with the experts.

Call us for all the advice you need with regard to IT solutions and get your business internet up and running in a flash.

5 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Video Security

Criminals are known for being sneaky. Being smart? Not so much.

Video security can help deter criminal threats. It can help to hand out proper punishment to wrongdoers. Sometimes, footage can even help bring killers to justice.

Keep reading to find out 5 reasons that you should have surveillance in your business.

5 Reasons You Need Video Security

1. Reduce Shrinkage and Theft

75% of employees steal. While you’ll never eliminate internal shrinkage, cameras will certainly, well, shrink it!

Being monitored will also increase productivity as workers are less likely to slack if they know they’re being watched.

While the occasional junkie or other desperate-for-cash types might not care about video, the majority of people would rather not be in jail.

Well displayed cameras paired with well-hidden ones can be a great combination for determent and catching people with sticky fingers.

2. Help With Legal Disputes

It’s hard to ignore what you can see with your own eyes. Most juries agree. So will most anyone working for an insurance company. Having video security could reduce your insurance rates. Possession of the necessary footage to back up your claim can make it nearly irrefutable.

People can lie. Technology has a harder time being deceitful.

Sexual harassment case or lawsuit? Cameras with audio can clear that mess up quickly.

3. Security Cameras Can Save You Money

A security team may or may not be required for your business.

Using a small army of cameras to fulfill your surveillance needs enables the eyes in the sky to catch nearly everything.

This purchase can be a large investment but the ROI over time is invaluable.

Thanks to modern technology, cameras can be used with mobile devices. A small, efficient security team can handle most situations with a mobile surveillance set-up.

4. Customers Feel Safer if They See Cameras in Place

Do you have a large parking lot? Is your business open in the evenings and/or at night?

This is the kind of setting that is perfect for congregators. Don’t let a few unruly high school kids deter your evening business.

With proper video security and a few trespassing tickets, you can handle this situation and others like it easily and without confrontation.

5. Protect Restricted Areas

If you have a restricted space where someone needs to be “buzzed in” or access is only allowed for certain individuals, installing cameras can help monitor these areas.

Keeping your assets and sensitive tech or documents under a constant surveillance will give investors and clients the reassurance they need to continue doing business with you.

A System for Every Situation

The most important decision that you have as a business owner is picking out what type of system you need.

Outdoor security requires a different type of camera than indoor. Large areas require a different set-up than small ones. There are many options available.

The tech may be an investment but so is the firm you hire.

Some outfits only do the installation. The quality groups will also offer monitoring services.

Research the needs of your business before deciding on a security package.

If you have anything to add to this post, leave a comment below to tell us about your video security experiences. We would love to hear from you!