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Top 8 Reasons Your Place Business Needs a Managed WiFi Provider in Today IT Environment

1. A managed WiFi solution is cost-effective

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Enterprise-grade WiFi equipment is expensive, and even more so for those using it improperly. Cut the cost of your managed WiFi solution by placing it in the care of professionals. After all, leaving WiFi to your ill-equipped IT department will only require you to enlist the help of a third party provider to assess, fix and maybe even replace your current system. For example, enterprise WiFi typically requires annual licensing and support. If your IT provider doesn’t understand the manufacturer’s requirements or just chooses to ignore them, you may face the added expense of trying to reinstate services for access points that have been turned off due to missed payments.

Cost of ownership is transparent and significantly decreased when you outsource to a third party managed WiFi provider. In-depth industry knowledge enables a managed WiFi provider to offer the best pricing for long-term licenses and support and other cost-effective options that your IT team just may not be aware of.

2. Operate at peak productivity with a managed WiFi solution

Properly installing and maintaining a WiFi system is like cleaning: when you do it, no one notices. When you don’t, it’s quite obvious. Indeed, a bungled managed WiFi solution not only costs hundreds to correct but inhibits revenue generation. Not being able to connect to the Internet hinders your entire team and requires hours of third-party support and planning across multiple internal departments in order to fix issues that might be relatively simple for a specialist to resolve.

Trusting a company like, Made By WiFi, to deliver a managed WiFi solution will free up your operations team as well as your IT personnel to focus on other pressing business matters. You’ll find that when the WiFi works, employees follow suit.

3. Increase security over your internal network

You’ve read the headlines. External and internal data leaks regularly devastate the most successful businesses. Very often, these leaks are due to poor, or even non-existent, security configurations. Many fail to realize that network security goes far beyond assigning logins and providing access to authorized users. There are a myriad of configuration options within the network that can separate user traffic from other functions. You just need the right equipment and the right team.

Selecting the proper switches, gateways, controllers and access points is just as important to the configuration of your managed WiFi system as their application. This is why a competent managed WiFi provider begins the installation process with an in-depth discovery phase. Made By WiFi learns how clients use wireless networks as well as which users need access to particular functions before we engineer managed WiFi solutions to meet specific needs.

4. Achieve full transparency with in-depth monitoring and reporting

We get to know you and our managed WiFi solution helps you get to know your network’s users. Access detailed reports on-demand and glean insight into your network utilization, uplink performance and other metrics that empower you to make more informed decisions on business operations.

Unlike older wireless equipment, new enterprise grade systems allow you to manage all of your access points from a single controller. This is incredibly useful as your managed WiFi provider can oversee the wireless performance at all of your business locations from a single, easy-to-read interface. Additional network management tools, like firewalls and gateway controllers, allow for even deeper reporting. Gain a better understanding of which business applications and users consume the most bandwidth. Even evaluate the overall performance of your Internet service provider. Perhaps you don’t have enough bandwidth or maybe you’re paying for too much. Most traditional IT providers don’t really know how to determine this, but a managed WiFi provider, like Made By WiFi, has the tools and knowledge to figure it out.

5. Scale successfully as your business grows

If you’re reading this, you recognize a need to adapt to shifting times and technology and you’re looking to take the most cost-effective, efficient route. You’re a savvy business owner, expect to expand. As you open and staff new offices, you’ll need new technology like desktops, phones and wireless network infrastructure. It used to be that you had to purchase completely separate systems as you couldn’t control two or more locations through the same interface, but now you can. Managed WiFi solutions typically include access points that can be regulated by a unified management system. Enterprise grade wireless manufacturers, like Ruckus Wireless or Aerohive, offer license-based cloud and onsite controllers that can manage hundreds of access points through a single interface, from anywhere in the world.

Your managed WiFi provider will be able to group your access points by location and can apply unique policies to each based on the requirements of that office. There are no hidden costs and you can easily budget for years ahead, without spending much time on logistics.

6. Leverage informed decisions to manage WiFi system upgrades

If you purchase new wireless access points today, you’ll likely get 5 good years of use out of them. After 5 years, changes in bandwidth pricing, heightened wireless standards and the proliferation of new mobile devices and laptops might require you to purchase new access points or make changes to your other network infrastructure. Businesses deal with technology upgrades based on their own individual needs, but not every businesses has the proper resources or access to consultation to make the most informed decisions every time. This results in wasted investments,lost profits and ultimately prolongs inefficient operations. A managed WiFi solution can help you avoid this.

Your new commercial WiFi system will also need to be regularly maintenanced as new upgrades that increase the security and performance of your network are released. It’s important to apply these upgrades at the right times and to have older configurations backed-up in case something goes wrong. Your managed WiFi provider will oversee this entire process and guarantee that you won’t experience any downtime or hiccups.

7. Improve the user experience for everyone at your office

Your end goal is not to worry about WiFi. In fact you don’t want to think about it at all. WiFi should simply work and that’s what your managed WiFi provider can achieve. Beyond that, your entire WiFi experience can be customized to your liking. Bandwidth throttling and content filtering are just some of the features you can use to control how much bandwidth is used on your network as well as which websites employees can visit on the job.

Beyond all that Darth Vader style network control, you can use your network as an advertising tool with the help of custom designed splash pages. Splash pages are perfect for retail businesses or other commercial spaces with highly transient customer bases, like banks or malls. The branded splash page will greet all of the users accessing your network, making it prime real estate for advertising your products and services. Clients will appreciate this type of marketing and technical ingenuity. Your brand can only benefit from it.

8. Have immediate access to technical support for your managed WiFi solution

As far as wireless technology has come, we’re the first to admit that it isn’t always perfect. Sometimes two devices decide not to play nicely anymore and an access point occasionally fries out. Without the help of a managed WiFi provider, you are left with devices that can’t connect and work that can’t be performed resulting in downtime that’s as damaging to your company’s bottom line as it is to office morale. A managed WiFI provider gives you someone to call in a worst case scenario. Just as insurance may seem like an unnecessary expense when things are status quo, you are glad to have it when you need it.

It’s not all reactive work. One of the biggest benefits of a managed WiFi solution is the annual wireless site survey. The wireless site survey is your managed WiFi provider’s yearly chance to review the network’s performance in real time and make custom configurations to improve it. The wireless site survey is completed during business hours and does not require any downtime. It is especially useful in high density environments, in which hundreds of devices are supported using a single WiFi system as well as in offices where seating arrangements regularly change.

Every Business Can Benefit From A Managed WiFi Solution

Any business that sees WiFi as an essential element of its day-to-day operations should explore a managed WiFi solution. Solutions are affordable and can be customized for any business’ unique requirements. If you’re interested in learning more about a managed WiFi solution, contact us for a free wireless network consultation. (218)297-0992 or [email protected]

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Benefits of a Fully Managed WiFi Solution

 

It’s 2018 and, really, it should come as no surprise to you that free WiFi has moved beyond the world of luxury extras and is now an essential part of any hospitality package.

Whether you’re a hotel, large venue, apartment block or any other business with a customer-service element, integrated guest WiFi produces not only immense goodwill from your customer base, but also presents a tremendous opportunity to drive loyalty, generate advanced analytics and boost sales of key products.

WiFi is vital, then, but establishing, maintaining and updating an effective WiFi network isn’t something that can be done half-heatedly – it’s a significant commitment, one which demands expertise at every turn.

We know that not every business has that expertise to hand though, which is why we’re proud to offer the Managed Solutions – our end-to-end solution which encompasses each key stage of a successful WiFi implementation.

Fully managed, it’s the effortless way to bring the gift of guest WiFi to both your customers and your bottom line. Here are just a few of the huge benefits offered by our fully managed WiFi solution:

Advanced project planning

The biggest issue for any guest WiFi implementation is coverage. After all, a WiFi solution which couples spotty coverage with slow speeds is a recipe for disgruntled customers.

The Airangel Managed Solution includes every aspect of advanced project planning. Our team visit your site to better understand your requirements and perform analysis prior to installation, testing for wall density, checking for potential demand hotspots and performing wireless surveys to ensure that the installation produces incredible, consistent results day after day and year on year.

Effortless configuration

Once installed, we provide clients with a pre-configured cloud-managed router which can be accessed from anywhere, at any time.

It enables our customers, plus members of our support team, to manage every aspect of the guest WiFi experience from a simple yet powerful central hub. In addition, you’ll enjoy detailed reports on the performance of your network.

24/7 support

Nothing under the sun is perfect, but with our 24/7 monitoring, support and assistance, it’ll certainly feel like it is.

It begins with 24/7 cloud-based network monitoring of your network and includes support from our highly skilled Customer Support Team. We’re there when you need us, and with round-the-clock assistance for any issue you have, regardless of how large or small it may seem.

We’re keenly aware of just how important fully functional, high-speed wireless internet is for the success of modern businesses so we don’t make you wait for help when you need it with all work completed within pre-agreed SLAs, for ease of mind.

Automatic security

Security is essential in a world where hacks and attacks are commonplace on the internet. It’s why we offer Web Shield, our in-house security system. Web Shield is consistently updated to the very latest security protocols, patching any potential vulnerabilities which may arise from your system for advanced malware protection.

It’s a must for business clients and a vital source of reassurance for every guest, taken care of quietly and efficiently by our advanced network.

To learn more about our fully managed guest WiFi solution, get in touch with us today and discover how we can help bring amazing WiFi to your customers.

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Why Free WiFi is Needed in the 4G Era

 

Less than two years ago, a report from the National Infrastructure Commission identified 53 countries with better 4G connections than the UK, including nations like Panama, Albania, Peru and Romania.

It was a damning blow for a rollout of the next-gen mobile internet standard which had proven slow, inconsistent and disappointing.

Today, however, things could hardly be more different. According to the latest analysis from OpenSignal, 4G availability has expanded massively with the UK’s largest network, EE, offering 4G coverage of 86.62% with O2 and Vodafone not far behind.

In terms of speed too, 4G has dramatically improved its standing, with EE’s 4G download speeds hitting an average of 29.02Mbps, as of April 2018.

Whilst improved mobile internet is good for everyone, it’s raising serious questions around the need for guest WiFi in the 4G era. With 5G just around the corner too, are the days of free WiFi coming to an end?

The answer, of course, is no. Here’s why we think free WiFi will remain relevant for decades to come:

Data limits

Whilst the speed and availability of 4G networks have increased, enabling hi-resolution streaming of music and video, there’s one thing which hasn’t increased – the average amount of monthly data we enjoy.

With many contracts locked at less than 5GB of data per month, it’s simply not possible for many customers to rely exclusively on their mobile data.

Free WiFi, therefore, offers customers the chance to rest their data. For businesses, that means customers on your network and more opportunity to interact with branded, high-quality guest WiFi.

Advanced in-room hospitality features

Increasingly, the hospitality sector is turning towards advanced in-room entertainment as a differentiator in a crowded, tough marketplace.

That’s meant superior connectivity between the electronics that customers bring to hotels and the in-room entertainment options that are available. Specifically, we’ve seen significant growth with Google Chromecast enabled devices, which allow customers to ‘cast’ any media from their smart devices to in-room screens instantly.

Features like this demand WiFi to function, making guest WiFi and the hotel home experience an essential element of the hospitality experience.

Increased bandwidth

Any network will slow down as more users come online, but mobile networks are especially susceptible to slow down during peak hours – as anyone who’s attempted to use their 4G signal at a sports ground will tell you.

Guest WiFi, by limiting the number of potential users to those within the structure, doesn’t suffer from the same issues. Even better, by using our cloud-based administration panel, managing the health of your network is fast and simple.

Guest WiFi is Faster than 4G

4G has made great strides in average download speed and whilst it’s made up ground compared to average ‘home’ download speeds, the fact remains that guest WiFi can be (and often is) significantly faster than 4G connections.

With an average home broadband speed of 46.2Mbpps as of May 2018, guest WiFi has the potential to be significantly faster and more usable than 4G, keeping it an essential part of the modern technological world.

 

Source: airangel.com

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Premium Restaurant / Bar Wi-Fi Installation and Service

 

Paul Bunyan Technologies can install a Secure and reliable Guest Wi-Fi Solution in your Restaurant or Bar for your Guest.

We offer the latest technology in Wi-Fi. We offer many different features such as Cloud Base Management Portal, Facebook Check-In, and 24/7 Monitoring and Support.


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Having a clean and organized network is key to having a high-performance and functional network. 

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