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How to Set Up a Business-Grade Wi-Fi Network

Setting up a robust Wi-Fi network for your business doesn't have to be a nerve-wrecking experience. CIO.com looks at seven key factors you need to consider, including access points, frequency bands, network management and the forthcoming 802.11ac standard. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend means the number of smartphones and tablets are making their way onto corporate networks will only rise. An increasing number of these devices, including the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 tablets, are Wi-Fi only; this inevitably puts a strain on existing Wi-Fi networks. For businesses that are either (very) late to the Wi-Fi bandwagon or looking to overhaul an anarchic wireless infrastructure, here are several important points to consider. Get Business-Grade Access Points There's a big disparity between the cost of consumer access points (AP) with business-centric models from leading brands such as Aruba, Cisco and Ruckus Wireless. Confused by what may appear to be similar specif