Cost & complexity
A common complaint about Wi-Fi we’ve heard, specifically around the corporate wireless LAN, is that it is disproportionately expensive, and difficult to manage, compared to its wired equivalent. IT teams often have to install and maintain expensive AP controller units on-site, not to mention a separate security & access control system. In many cases, a staff member will need to spend time each day managing the ‘allowed’ list, perhaps even manually monitoring for intruders!
Remember that on top of this you have inherent complexity of how the access points and controllers interact with the rest of the LAN. There’s a risk that a team without a network specialist may be reluctant to make changes to the system at all.
The Cisco Meraki method
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Follow the 3 steps below for stress-free Wi-Fi:
- Deploy Cisco Meraki wireless APs – these will automatically create a seamless Wi-Fi mesh, with no need for WLAN controllers or specialist knowledge. Plug each one straight into the wired LAN for maximum bandwidth utilisation, or simply power them up within range of each other to seamlessly extend your network to uncabled areas.
- Install Cisco Meraki Systems Manager – allowing visibility & control over all hosts in your network, this can be auto-installed onto your wireless-enabled devices by the wireless APs you just deployed! You can now also track your devices’ location all over the world, and easily control which apps, services, and networks they can use.
- Configure authentication & encryption – with a few clicks, add Cisco Meraki WPA2-Enterprise authentication to your Wi-Fi. This stops any device not in enrolled in your Systems Manager from joining your wireless LAN, and protects legitimate data from Wi-Fi ‘snooping’.
Don’t worry if you have visitors with their own handhelds and notebooks though – the Meraki system also allows for ‘Guests’, providing Internet access through the access point mesh without ever touching the corporate network. Again, this is configured entirely on the Meraki admin portal, meaning no additional network engineering on the LAN. You can even delegate control over guest user accounts to reception staff, further reducing the administrative burden!
Remember that the unique cloud-managed nature of Cisco Meraki products means you can securely monitor and manage your Wi-Fi from anywhere with Internet and a web browser – and now even from a smartphone app! Add to this the single, easy to use ‘pane of glass’ style administrator portal, and it becomes even more support-friendly. However, don’t just take our word for it – click the button below for a no-obligation free trial and consultation with a network professional.