When you visit a local coffee shop, there’s a high probability today that they offer free Wi-Fi to their customers, paying or not. Why? People are likely to stay longer, purchase more and return. For hotels travelers may only book if they know they’ll have Wi-Fi access. Offering guests wireless access can be beneficial to your business as well, providing business partners, contractors and visitors a reliable internet connection. You invest in their connectivity in order to build trust and more business.
How can you safely provide this? Follow these best practices for providing guest Wi-Fi access from your business:
Don’t allow direct access to your private network
Broadcast a separate wireless access name for your guests
Configure access with a WEP or WPA key you provide guests
Use the guest feature on your current hardware or purchase new hardware specifically for this access
Define a business process for monitoring and administering access
When properly configured, this can be an important tool for helping the people you do business with.
It’s all a part of establishing the right IT foundation. Your business needs a great IT strategy, too, and we can help you succeed in this. Contact us to review or create your IT roadmap.