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Wireless WAN and LAN: Where Do You Start?

Take the Guesswork Out of Your Next Network Project

It’s the rare organization that doesn’t have a wireless network. But merely enabling wireless connectivity isn’t the same as deploying a wireless network—especially if you want one equipped for the needs of an enterprise or optimized for future growth. A modern, secure wireless network that’s user friendly and able to handle the demands of the business can make employees more productive and the enterprise more agile. It can help increase revenue, decrease costs, improve collaboration, and upgrade customer service.

But, to fully realize these benefits, careful planning is essential. And any effective planning should begin with an in-depth wireless assessment. After all, it’s hard to get to where you want to go if you don’t know where you are.On the most basic level, an assessment can tell you which Wi-Fi devices your wireless network will support and if it aligns with industry best practices. Digging a little deeper, you’ll find that an assessment can also examine the architecture, performance, and security of an existing wireless network. This helps you gain a full understanding of its strengths and weaknesses. And with all that information at the ready, customized recommendations can be made.

Cloud-based development tools, unified communications platforms, audio and videoconference calling—these types of applications have become increasingly essential for day-to-day operations, but they also put a tremendous burden on wireless networks. So knowledge of your network’s abilities is key for staying current.

Also, while wireless networks should provide easy collaboration and communication, they must also remain secure. An experienced assessment service will gauge your wireless network’s readiness for denial of service attacks, reconnaissance attacks, and rogue users. They will also recommend effective security solutions and policies.

But what about signal strength and coverage? In addition, an assessment can measure RF performance and interference levels, reveal configuration problems, and identify areas with incomplete or poor wireless coverage. Armed with this information, an enterprise can make sure all of its employees are connected equally.

Performance, security, connectivity—the stakes are too high to rely on guesswork. A wireless services vendor with experience in assessing a network’s needs relative to the enterprise’s business goals can be an invaluable partner. Cisco Systems offers wireless LAN network assessment services and unified wireless network readiness assessments to help get your business on the right track.

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