Today, we access the Internet, check emails, communicate with our peers on social media, use POS systems from our mobile phones, and even use wearable devices without ever thinking about the wireless network required to make it all possible.
If the end-user experience is poor, meaning we can’t get online or speeds are too slow, we’re likely to go elsewhere or worse, complain to the world (including the business) about how terrible the Wi-Fi is.
The quality of the end-user experience has become a mission-critical component for every business to master. It must be tracked, measured, and guaranteed to produce the highest satisfaction rates from your customers, guests and/or employees.
One of the main reasons your wireless network begins to perform poorly is that it’s out of date, or it was not designed properly.
A common component that is typically at the heart of both of those reasons are access points.
Access points, while just one part of a much larger system, plays a major role in your overall success.
However, there are many questions surrounding 802.11ac access points that need to be addressed, such as, what type of AP do you need? How many? What options do I have to purchase what I need?
In this blog post, we’d like to walk you through each one of those questions and provide you with a collection of resources to help you answer each one.
What kind of AP do I need and how many?
There are many different types of brands and types of access points available today. However, what really impacts the answer to this question is understanding how the quality of your design impacts the type and number your environment requires. In this blog, we cover the basics of how we choose the right access points for your business as well as explain what dictates how many you will need.
The system as a whole
Although we’re talking about access points, there are other components involved that play a major role in the overall performance of your APs. As we stated before, secure mobility is a system that must come together just right to achieve the optimal results. In this blog, we’re talking about the importance of your switching infrastructure and how it impacts your 802.11ac access points.
What can impact my performance?
The latest access points have a tremendous amount of advantages over their legacy predecessors, however, like those older generations of access points there are still many factors that can negatively impact the performance of your brand new 802.11ac APs. The best way to understand what some of the more common factors are is by watching this quick video below.
Using the right strategy
Ultimately, performance comes down to your ability to keep up with demand. That can be pretty tricky considering how fast technology (specifically mobile devices) is changing. If your wireless system is obsolete in 3-4 years, how do you expect to afford the necessary update to properly support your end-users?
We’ve learned a lot about networking over the last 11 years and in this blog post you'll find our top 5 takeaways and how they will impact not only your performance but how you think about purchasing Wi-Fi for your business going forward.