4 Compelling Reasons Why Your Wireless Network Needs an Upgrade
By Jonathan Wagstaffe - March 03, 2015
Time (and technology, as it were), waits for no man. Or network, for that matter. If your wireless network was installed a few years back, then perhaps it’s time to consider an upgrade. A good wireless network installed in 2011 may still seem adequate, but the world has changed, and your network needs to change along with it.
Four Key Reasons to Upgrade Your Network Now
1. Security Needs Have Changed
Simple password protection of your wireless network isn't going to cut it anymore. Your network is handling more connections from more places than ever before, and it's vital to be able to ascertain who is connecting to your network and their activities while connected. You also need systems that ensure they are doing what they should be doing.
Malicious actors (otherwise known as "the bad guys") get smarter every year, and more devious. The Cisco Annual Security Report discusses this in greater depth, but the key takeaway is that you need take steps to protect your network. This means ensuring your network is upgraded and has the appropriate security tools, such as NAC and next-gen firewalls, and that your security team is trained to handle threats.
2. You’re Responsible for Governance
The rules and guidelines for owning and offering a wireless network have changed dramatically as technology and connectivity has advanced. New legislations outline the responsibilities you are legally bound to uphold. Governing a wireless network can be tricky, which is why a network upgrade is key to smoothing this process. Your network should provide tools that make it easier for you to monitor activity on your wireless network, such as proper analytics tools, while cloud management can assist in data retention and allow centralised management from your smartphone.
3. It's All About Performance
If you installed your wireless network five years ago, the chances are good that a new network will be twenty times quicker than yours. In our experience, every network we’ve ever seen has been a victim of its own success, as as more and more users take advantage of the speed and convenience of wireless connectivity. Before you know it, the seemingly functional network is groaning under the pressures of ever-increasing user volumes.
Newer wireless networks are designed not only for faster and improved performance, but also to handle the growing volume of network traffic generated by mobility. Upgrading your network is key to ensuring it can keep up in a world of large traffic volumes while still offering users excellent performance.
4. Cloud Management Makes Everything Easier
Cloud management offers you the opportunity to manage your wireless network from a centralised point. Using cloud management protocols such as those offered by Cisco’s Meraki, it becomes easier to deploy, configure and manage devices connecting to your wireless network, all in real-time from a centralised dashboard. You can even manage the whole lot from your mobile phone.
Your wireless network needs to be able to perform well to be a viable asset to your company. Saving money by implementing or maintaining a cheap and cheerful network option will ultimately cost your business in the long run. Ask yourself how ready your network is for the future, and how well it’s bearing up now. If it’s less than perfect, perhaps it’s time to consider an upgrade.
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