Not long ago, wireless internet access, or “Wi-Fi”, was a nice perk. Today, it’s a business necessity. Pretty much every organization has it. But there are some big differences between the Wi-Fi you know and the managed Wireless LAN solutions of the future.
FairPoint Communications’ Managed Wireless LAN solutions provide a robust, reliable and secure business Wi-Fi signal for a single office, a building or even an entire campus of buildings and outdoor spaces. Using a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you’re able to access the Internet at the same speeds as if you were working from a wired desktop. Go to the warehouse, the lunch room, a conference room – your wireless Internet connection is always ready and always fast.
With a cloud-based solution, businesses can turn to FairPoint to handle the day-to-day management of their wireless LAN. This centralized management is cost-efficient for customers without the in-house resources or expertise, and ensures any issues can be resolved quickly. Plus, stateful firewalls at wireless endpoints enhance security while 802.11ac compatibility ensures support for gigabit speeds. That’s up to triple the capacity of older networks – for more users, more devices and more content!
These business reasons are often cited for considering a cloud-based, managed wireless LAN solution:
As more and more employees and business patrons use their connected devices from the office or while shopping or waiting for service, wireless mobility that supports high-bandwidth requirements is crucial. Many schools are turning to wireless networks to support digital curriculum requirements. And property managers for condos and business parks now see excellent wireless internet connectivity for their tenants as a differentiator from their competitors.
Whether you’re a small business with one location and one access point or an enterprise with hundreds of locations and many access points per location, FairPoint’s Managed Wireless LAN solution provides a scalable network for connectivity anytime, anywhere, and from any device.
Prime candidates for managed wireless networks have one or more of these things in common:
|Flexibility||Cloud-based management and control
Choice of managed or on-premises solutions that support BYOD and offer campus-wide coverage
|Performance||99.99% uptime guarantee
Wireless access points
Server-based virtual controller
|Top-Tier Support||Remote and on-site surveys
Proactive 24/7 monitoring
24/7 help desk support – only vendor in market to offer
Priority technical support response times
Equipment repair or replacement on newest models
Next Business Day or 4-hour Advanced Hardware Replacement
24/7 monitoring of network, hosted cloud management infrastructure, alerts, and access to priority tech support
Configuration back up to the cloud
Remote design and configuration assistance
Test and turn-up of new or add-on network elements
|Advanced Reporting||Multi-level reporting with detailed usage statistics to the access point level
Custom dashboards with at-a-glance view of system/network health
|Security||Secure architecture that detects and prevents malicious threats from entering the network
Comprehensive user authentication options
Support for multiple encryption protocols
Not sure if a Managed Wireless LAN solution is right for your business? Here are some of the biggest differences between a Traditional Wi-Fi deployment and FairPoint’s Managed Wireless LAN.
|Traditional Wi-Fi||Managed Wireless LAN|
|Large number of wireless access points controlled via one single point of failure — a hardware-based controller.||Designed to remove the single point of failure with redundancy built into a cloud architecture.|
|Devices pass radio frequency yet don’t tend to have intelligence built into the device.||Designed to scale and be future-proof with firmware upgradeable wireless access points rather than requiring forklift upgrades every 3-5 years.|
|Was a convenience built into the existing network that over time became more robust, yet often lacked analytics||Not a convenience but rather an extension of the LAN to bypass cabling of the entire infrastructure.|
|Data pass-through is only as good as the technology, which has to be updated every 3-5 years.||Wireless access points often have a built-in firewall to provide protection throughout instead of through a controller.|
|All intelligence is built into the single point of failure device, which often is limited to a single site per controller. Data and management functions go through the same device.||Separation of data and control planes through a cloud-based controller leads to more efficient streams.|
Contact us for a free technology evaluation and we’ll help you determine if FairPoint’s Managed Wireless LAN is right for you.
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