What is Managed Wi-Fi?

More importantly, why would you need it or want it?

WiFi is becoming critical to most businesses.  Sadly, most businesses are still using equipment that was designed for business use.  The few that are using commerical-grade equipment rarely have it properly installed, configured, or maintained.

It works

Ally WiFi is a managed WiFi system that starts with a professional site survey and a design that includes a heat map showing coverage and interference levels.  Your WiFi network will provide optimal signal strength, seamless roaming between access points, the best possible security, and fast speeds.  We use the lastest WiFi technology available and speed is only limited by your hardware budget.  No dead spots.  No slow speeds.  No gaps in security and is designed to comply with HIPAA and PCI standards.

It saves you money

We have eliminated the need, and cost, for an on-site WiFi controller.  We also save you money because our hardware does not require license fees on equipment.  This is a huge advantage and cost savings over Netgear, Cisco, or Rukkus.

It’s easy to manage, for you and us.

Our online portal, AllyWiFi.com,  manages every aspect of the WiFi network.  A cloud solution is not only less expensive and less complicated, but it easily allows our staff and client administrators to remotely monitor, manage, update, and troubleshoot their wireless network.  Push updated firmware to all access points and all locations with one-click, or choose to upgrade devices or sites one at a time.  Each install includes a design where you can visualize your access point placement, which makes troubleshooting and signal adjustments much easier.

It’s secure

We implement the latest encryption technology, but we don’t stop there.  Most vendors do, and it can cost you big time.  We ensure your business network is always separate from the guest network.

It’s fast

Signal strength is not everything and certainly doesn’t correlate directly with fast speed and good performance.  In fact, while important, signal strength is often the least important factor.  Interference from other access points, interference from other WiFi networks, network backhaul limitations, RF interference, and overall design of each access point are all critical to performance considerations.

The bottom line

Any vendor can get you a strong signal.  There are lots of great hardware options out there as well.  The biggest advantage of partnering with Ally Communication for your WiFi solutions is our knowledge, experience, and network design process.  We use specialized software to map and plan your network that takes into consideration the type and thickness of walls, doors, ceilings, and floors.  We are confident that we provide the best value in the industry and you’ll get more performance for your dollar with us than anyone else.

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AllyWiFi.com

Access your managed WiFi network to check for capacity, signal issues, update firmware, and more!

Top Benefits of Managed Wi-Fi and Common WiFi issues

Top Benefits:

  1. Admin Portal – AllyWifi.com
  2. Easily keep firmware current with One-Button Firmware updates
  3. Diagnostics – check for rogue access points, signal interference, offline access points, and signal issues
  4. Adjust every possible setting of your access points, either by group or individually
  5. Access a visual map of your WiFi network
  6. Easily add additional access points
  7. Control security with VLANs, L2 isolation, and more
  8. Captive Portal – Enable by SSID/network, Splash page, Web page redirect, use for advertising, legal agreements, and more
  9. Bandwidth management settings available per network and user – Keep a guest or even an employee from slowing down your network
  10. Fast Roaming – WiFi devices always connect to the closest and fastest access point and do not drop real-time connections such as VoIP calls, video calls, etc.

Most Common issues we resolve:

  1. Signal interference – Caused by everything from nearby WiFi networks, printers with WiFi direct printing, ISP gateways with WiFi, and access points using auto channel selection. This slows down the WiFi and while easy for us to find and resolve, we find it almost every new client office.
  2. Security issues – Guest networks sometimes are wide open, don’t isolate guests from the internal network, and don’t isolate guests from each other.  We always ensure that your network is isolated from the guest network, but also we isolate each guest to protect them from each other.  This prevents the spread of malicious software and hacking.
  3. Bandwidth issues – Without the proper hardware and configurations, a single WiFi user can use 100% of your available bandwidth.  This is not something non-commercial WiFi equipment can prevent.
  4. Roaming doesn’t work well – Devices connected to WiFi are “sticky”.  Once they connect to an access point, they won’t look for a better connection until the signal gets to a specific low level.   This is caused by turning all of your access points up to the highest transmit power, improper placement, and having the same channel as neighboring access points.
  5. Out of date firmware – Many times over the years we’ve seen updates to the security protocols of WiFi networks.  Without updating your firmware, your network is still vulnerable and not using the latest security.
  6. No ability to troubleshoot issues – Your WiFi is slow but you don’t know why.  You can’t check individual device connection levels, access point capacity, device data usage, rogue access points, co-channel interference, and more.  Without managed WiFi, it’s you could spend more than the cost of a good network just tracking down issues.
  7. No cloud visibility – Besides being nearly impossible to troubleshoot, you need to be on the local LAN to change the settings of non-managed WiFi networks.

 

Check out our blog post for a more in-depth look at managed WiFi.