Is a guest network right for your business?…

Wi-Fi is available just about anywhere today, giving people the freedom they have come expect when connecting. To add to this Wi-Fi networks have become so reliable that now many business have opted out of wired networks altogether.

However, there could still be times that you don’t want a particular network you are using within your business to be slowed down by usage of others or indeed having any susceptibility to security breaches. This is why we recommend that small business owners should consider creating a Wi-Fi guest network.

A guest network uses a different SSID from the wireless network that you and your employees access. It’s designed specif-ically to provide visitors with Internet access while keeping your main Wi-Fi network separate and secure.

So here we look at 3 reasons why perhaps your business should consider a guest Wi-Fi network:

Security & Privacy
The main advantage of having a guest network within your premises is because of the increased security it provides. Split-ting the network by having a guest network will mean that you can control who has access to your business’ network of computers, servers, storage devices & printers. This is security that should not be overlooked! Advanced Trojans and mal-ware can use a persons laptop or mobile device to attack machines on your network.

Setting up a guest wireless network for visitors lets you keep your primary network’s security password secret. This is an important factor given that as a small business you are likely to rely on a static SSID for internal users, otherwise once the password is out there, you’ll need to change it again to ensure the integrity of your network.

Security of a wireless transmission is primarily related to a type of encryption, you’ll be aware that the length and com-plexity of the password is another key influencer and many Wi-Fi access points have increasingly complex passwords be-ing used. So as you can imagine, attempting to key in a 25-character passphrase correctly every time a visitor wanted to use the network or you having to change this password regularly would be very frustrating.

However, it is much easier to key in an 8 or 10-character code, which is what could be attached to the guest network and due the segregation of your networks would keep risks to a minimum. For better security, change the passphrase for the guest network regularly, print the latest code on slips of paper, and then hand them out to your authorised guests as re-quired.

A guest Wi-Fi network will allow you to restrict the Internet resources available to visitors. Instead of allocating guests the same priority in bandwidth, it makes sense to restrict the guest network to a speed that offers reasonable access without affecting the network performance available to your employees.

It is important to note that not all Wi-Fi access points support the capability to deploy more than one network, though this shouldn’t be problem with an ICOM SW business Wi-Fi network solution.

To help businesses realise the benefits of Fibre Broadband & Guest Networks, throughout September we are offering FREE Installation of Fibre Broadband for your business, so if you’d like to find out more about this offer or ICOM itself, then please contact us today on 01626 772222.

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