Five Ways to Optimize Enterprise Wi-Fi

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Make Sure Your Network Is Application Aware

Even with all the aforementioned optimizations, Wi-Fi networks can still get congested. Mobile devices are voracious consumers and producers of network traffic these days. Therefore, a major way to ensure things run smoothly on your network is to single out the mission-critical applications, giving them priority, while throttling or blocking non-mission-critical applications that just eat bandwidth.

A great example of this comes in the form of file sync applications like DropBox, Box, iCloud and others. These applications are constantly uploading and downloading data, taking as much of the pipe as they can get. At the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics, the top four bandwidth hogs were file sync apps, unbeknownst to the users creating the traffic. Without the ability to recognize this traffic and throttle it, the network would have failed during the event.

Ultimately, this all comes down to good Wi-Fi network design, which is much different in the 802.11ac, 5GHz, multi-mobile-device-per-user world we live in now than it was just a few short years ago. Designing for flexibility in radio count and band usage, making sure each device gets the best possible experience, and ensuring actual performance through the use of an application-aware policy engine, is critical for the success of Wi-Fi networks today.

Companies rely on Wi-Fi now more than ever to drive operations and ultimately business growth. Whether it is collaborating with colleagues or clients, managing customer success, or accessing any number of business applications and services on the market, companies recognize that when the Internet lags, the business lags.

Therefore, reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi is of utmost importance to companies, as it enables employee productivity. But not all companies understand the ins and outs necessary to make this a reality. Today, enterprises must consider a number of new factors if they hope to deploy reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi networks that meet spikes in traffic and mobile usage. In this slideshow, Dirk Gates, founder of Xirrus, provides five tips to optimize your enterprise Wi-Fi network.


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