You may already have either public or private Wi-Fi installed at your business, but have you ever considered implementing both? In this blog, we will discuss why having two networks is safer and more efficient for your business.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Although public and private Wi-Fi perform the same technological functions, each offers a unique set of features. Here are just a few differences between the two:
Public Wi-fi functions similarly to how your Wi-fi functions at home, except on a much larger scale. This means public Wi-fi networks are open to anyone who can connect to them through their phone, laptop, tablet, etc. They ultimately allow access to the Internet for free. So why would you want a public Wi-fi network in your business? We’ll get into that in just a moment.
Private Wi-Fi is restricted to certain users, typically employees, and therefore has more layered security. Private Wi-fi networks are often set up for corporate communication, allowing several employees to access the network at the same time. Clients, visitors, and even employees will still have access to Wi-Fi through the public network.
WHY YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD HAVE BOTH
Having both a public and private Wi-Fi network at your business will suit the needs of everyone—your employees, your potential customers, your visitors, and your clients. Your business can add an encrypted Wi-Fi network for internal needs and a public Wi-Fi network for external purposes. What isn’t an option is not offering any Wi-Fi at all. Both employees and customers expect access to Wi-Fi in most places of business.
Below are a few more benefits to having both public and private Wi-Fi in your business:
Security & Flexibility – Your employees will likely appreciate the added layer of security that a private network brings while also having the freedom to use the public network for personal internet use.
Efficiency – Keeping internal and external Wi-Fi use separate will speed up data transfer as well. The networks will not interfere with one another, and therefore won’t impact each other’s speed. And with their own wireless private network, employees will likely be more productive.
Promotability – Now more than ever, people want to access to Wi-Fi everywhere they go. Being able to offer public Wi-Fi will give you promotional material to advertise to your customers and will likely bring in new customers as well.
Affordability – Your customers and employees will be able to save money by accessing your no-cost Wi-Fi networks. Having access to your networks will prevent them from having to use mobile minutes or mobile data.
ARE YOU CONSIDERING INSTALLING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE WI-FI AT YOUR BUSINESS?
The installation of either Wi-Fi network should be done by a professional to ensure full functionality. Customer 1st Communications has provided Wi-Fi solutions to all kinds of businesses, and we would love to help yours too! Contact us today to learn more.