Customers, partners, and vendors expect Wi-Fi access when they’re visiting your office. This is why having guest Wi-Fi access is common for most companies. But setting it up the wrong way can create a frustrating experience for people looking to connect to the internet. In some cases, it can even leave your company exposed to cyberattacks. Here’s how to do it right.
Never give guests access to your primary Wi-Fi
Anyone with a little technical know-how can potentially access everything on your company network, including confidential data. In addition, if your visitors' devices have been compromised, they can transmit malware to your entire network.
Ways to create secondary guest Wi-Fi
If your router comes with built-in guest Wi-Fi support, you can use it to create a separate “virtual” network. In conclusion, this means guests will have access to the internet without directly connecting to your company’s primary network.
If your router doesn’t support multiple Wi-Fi networks, you can implement a separate wireless access point. Those points bypass the rest of your network and connect directly to the internet, thus preventing any outside access.
Guest Wi-Fi Tips
Keep in mind that guest Wi-Fi uses your ISP connection, so limit bandwidth usage on the guest network. Visitors streaming videos can slow down your internet connection, which can affect the productivity of your employees. With that in mind, you can have employees use the guest Wi-Fi to minimize company bandwidth use.
Remember, your Wi-Fi should only provide outsiders with internet access, nothing more. While the proper setup isn’t rocket science, it can be a tedious process. Having said that, just give us a call today!
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