5 Tips for Programming a WLAN Security Setting

A wireless network offers a myriad of benefits to small businesses that are not only limited to reducing costs. From facilitating connections to both wired and wireless devices to instant access to the Internet from anywhere in the office, the perks of utilizing WLAN are plenty. Setting up a wireless LAN is also easier and less expensive than a wired connection, which explains why so many businesses are fans of this technology.

Despite the advantages, the security of a wireless network is something to take seriously. Because of all the network equipment including Wireless Routers and access points along with dozens of relevant configurations, even a slight slip up of a configuration may lead to a massive breach of security.
Five tips for programming a WLAN security setting
To ensure complete safety of the wireless network, one can make certain changes to their WLAN configuration. By following these simple yet overlooked steps, any business can improve the level of security of their network:

1. Change all Usernames and Passwords

Believe it or not, one of the most common reasons of network security breach happens due to people forgetting to modify the default username and password. The SSID (Service Set Identifier) by default often happens to be the name of the service provider and a preset password which is “password”. Hackers are aware that users often forget to change the SSID setting from default, and so get easy access to the network configuration. It’s important that …

The Basics of a Small Business WLAN

The way desktop computing is going, wireless communication is almost a natural assumption, but it still is really a leap forward from the typical office network administration. Fortunately, for small businesses, a wireless local area network or (WLAN) is both easier and cheaper to set up than traditional network administration, which makes it very tempting for bootstrap startups. Unfortunately, there are also key risks that need to be addressed as well (traffic management, security, data integrity in transit, bandwidth and speed).
Again, WLANs are a godsend to small businesses on a budget, just as much as cloud computing if not more. So, no surprise, many small companies have immediately adapted the idea, constructing their first computer networks on the backbone of wireless routers around the office and a few resource servers taking in and outputting everything through air signals versus Ethernet cabling. However, as soon as a few more than two or three heavy users hit the network the limitations become apparent; wireless routing can’t handle big throughput without serious bandwidth accommodations.

The addition of access points, new employees, more floors and distance and even physical building barriers all add to an increasing amount of signal resistance and slowing things down. Some of this can be circumvented for a while with configuration and placement of more routers and boosters, but after awhile it becomes a full-time job just trying to keep the ship running at every user node.
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6 Tips to Improve WLAN Security

Businesses today are increasingly concerned about the security of their company data and information.  This concern continues to grow considering the demands of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the mobile workforce accessing company information from seemingly anywhere. However, with the right safety precautions in place within the wireless WLAN infrastructure, businesses can rest assured their private company information stays just that, private.

Here are some important steps you can take to ensure optimum security:
Tip #1: Set Administrator Controls
The router or access point on your network should require an administrator password to modify or change any settings. Changing to a custom password should be the first step after setting up a new WLAN infrastructure. Never leave the equipment on the default password setting.
Tip #2: Keep the SSID Private
A Service Set Identifier (SSID) is usually automatically broadcasted with the networks name for anyone trying to access area wireless networks. Although it may seem like a convenient way for everyone to identify your network to gain access, it puts your organization at risk for unauthorized guests to get on it. Turning off the SSID makes it invisible to neighboring businesses and guests.
Tip #3: Turn Off Remote Administration Abilities
Routers have remote administration controls that can be used with just an internet connection. Although a convenient way to gain access to the network offsite, it should be used only with specifically identified IP addresses to prevent unauthorized access. Another good tip is to keep …