WiFi installation is a relatively straightforward process that is required to deliver speedy internet across your entire premises quickly and affordably.
To define the term, WiFi describes the use of wireless technology to supply internet access throughout a business or residential building. Unlike wired networks that provide internet access via a series of ethernet cables, WiFi networks broadcast data through the air. Installation can be achieved quickly and with limited disruption to business operations. Read on to find out more about the benefits of wireless and how WiFi installation works.
What are the benefits of WiFi installation?
Installing a wireless network in your business property has many benefits for your organization. The standout advantage of WiFi installation is that you require very few cables to connect the required equipment.
But there are several other benefits to consider as well, most notably, increasing the mobility of staff and allowing them to work more freely — even in outdoor communal areas if the coverage extends this far.
Staff can use devices interchangeably at any location within range of the signal, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. This empowers your workforce to function more collaboratively and flexibly, and in turn, boosts productivity across your entire business.
Where can you install WiFi?
The nature of WiFi means it suits all kinds of business premises and industry sectors. The technology can be deployed in the smallest of offices and even in large, multi-story office blocks that accommodate hundreds or even thousands of people.
There is no real limit to the size of the premises that you can install WiFi in. Other commercial businesses using WiFi might include hotels, retail outlets, restaurants, bars, shopping centers, and a host of similar establishments.
Aside from offices and commercial businesses, WiFi can also benefit schools, hospitals, and other public sector buildings. Various types of industrial and manufacturing sites are also suitable for wireless internet installation.
As well as being ideally suited for business use, WiFi is equally advantageous for home office environments. If you’re a home worker and require internet access to support your remote work, WiFi is arguably the most convenient and affordable method.
What equipment do you need to set up a WiFi connection?
Setting up a WiFi connection requires several pieces of equipment. The quantity of equipment will vary depending on the size and layout of your premises, and the complexity of your intended network. The most common equipment includes:
A wireless router acts as the gateway between your internet connection and any devices on your network. It sends data signals to any device you wish to connect to the internet. Routers often include a number of ports, should you also wish to connect a device using a wired ethernet cable.
An ethernet cable, often simply referred to as a network cable, allows you to connect devices via ethernet ports. Even if you intend to mainly use WiFi connectivity, ethernet cables can be highly versatile. You may need to connect your router to your incoming internet connection along with a network printer or storage device. Or you may want the option to hard-wire devices from time to time.
A WiFi card or WiFi adapter allows you to connect a computer or laptop to a WiFi network using the USB or card slot. Although nowadays most devices include wireless capability as standard, there may be occasions when a WiFi adapter is required (especially if you operate a desktop PC).
WiFi extenders, also called repeaters or boosters, extend the range of your WiFi signal. If you own a large property or want to enhance the signal to reach outdoor areas, extenders may be necessary. This is especially true if the design of your property obstructs the signal.
How to set up a WiFi router
Setting up a WiFi router and basic WiFi network only takes a few minutes once you have the infrastructure in place, but there are a number of steps to consider during the process. These are outlined below:
- Step 1 — Power your WiFi router by connecting it to an electrical plug socket and then hook up your modem to the “WAN” port using an ethernet cable. “LAN” ports on the router allow you to connect devices directly via ethernet.
- Step 2 — Connect a device (e.g. a laptop) to your router using an ethernet cable and use a web browser or the supplied software to configure the router’s settings. Details of how to do this should be supplied in the router instructions.
- Step 3 — During the router configuration, set up a new WiFi network by choosing a suitable name along with a secure WiFi password. This is important to prevent unauthorized access. The password should include a mixture of lower case, upper case, and numbers or special characters to maximize security.
- Step 4 — The last step involves testing the connection. You may need to turn your modem off and on again before the test begins. Try connecting another device, such as a smartphone, to your WiFi network. You will obtain an IP address for each connected device, often automatically by DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). Be sure to change your WiFi password from time to time to keep security as robust as possible.
How long does it take for WiFi to work after installation?
After installing the hardware and configuring the router settings, WiFi should be ready to work almost immediately. Your devices should detect the wireless signal, enabling you to connect with the required username and password.
Are you ready to set up your wireless network?
WiFi has several advantages over traditional wired networks, especially for businesses who want to work flexibly and with as much freedom as possible.
Since it is simple to install and affordable, WiFi networks can be set up quickly in all kinds of environments, from small home offices to large corporate buildings. The key benefit is that you can connect multiple devices without the requirement for lengthy cabling, which can also be a safety hazard. If you operate a business in any industry and want to discover the advantages of a professional WiFi setup, get in touch with The Network Installers today for a consultation and demonstration.