Solid Communications When You Need Them
With Covid 19 lockdown and the move to more and more home working, the dependency of key employees on their home network is increasing.
Imagine your kids - upstairs gaming and facetiming their friends, your spouse is downloading music whilst watching Netflix, and you’re struggling to hear the other people on the business conference call, let alone see the presentation about the new sales opportunity that your company are launching.
While many Wi-Fi systems claim to support around 250 devices at one time, it’s not recommended that you do so. You may still be able to access the internet but you’ll likely experience poor connectivity. Because the WI-FI network is shared, as soon as you add a second device, you will get contention, which can drop the overall bandwidth by as much as 60%. If those connections are busy (online gaming, facetime or Netflix which have continual data flow requirements), you can limit the available bandwidth for your business needs to as little as 5% of the available bandwidth.
The office network is designed to deliver the performance required for office activities, with security and quality of service built in from the beginning. The infrastructure to deliver the infrastructure cost thousands and has been enhanced over the years to provide the optimum working environment. Compare that to the home, where you’re likely to be using the ISP provided router and WIFI “all in one” unit, which probably retails for around £30 and cost significantly less for the ISP to provision.
So, with two facetime users needing 700Mb of data each, typical online games needing a minimum of 2Mb per console and Netflix requiring 5Mb per HD stream, you can soon eat up all of the available bandwidth on your entry level home broadband WI-FI router.
So, what’s the solution?
We will provide a commercial grade network for your key home workers, designed to deliver a secure work environment
Enterprise grade router / firewall and access points
Site survey to provide optimum coverage for work devices
Separate WIFI and wired connections for corporate devices
Create usage policy for other users