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“We’re going to need a bigger network”

Posted by Patrick Groot Nuelend

April 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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There's an iconic moment in the film Jaws. For the first time, police chief Martin Brody sees the giant shark he's hunting. He turns to Captain Quint and says “You're going to need a bigger boat”.

Confronted with the voracious appetite of bandwidth-hungry customers and employees, IT administrators and network engineers could be forgiven for harbouring a similar sense of foreboding.

There are already more mobile devices than people in the world1. And 90% of these devices are Wi-Fi-enabled2. Whether it’s a hotel guest, shopper or driver making a delivery, people expect to connect to your network with ease – and get reliable performance.

Fail to provide it and you risk losing business.

So how do you make sure your network is ready for a deluge of devices? Getting on board with the right technology is certainly key. Only up-to-date 802.11ac WLAN solutions – like those from Zebra – will provide the coverage modern businesses need to succeed. A Zebra Wi-Fi network is easy to extend, from a single access point to 25,000. So you can increase your capacity to cope, even when multiple devices are consuming data at an alarming rate.

The next step is making sure you make the most of the tools at your disposal.

A bigger boat would certainly have served Chief Brody well. But he would still have had to use the features on it skilfully to overcome Jaws. The network equivalent is configuration. Zebra Wi-Fi is designed for mobile connectivity. There are plenty of ways you can fine tune it to optimise your network for mobile devices. You might be adjusting data rate controls to manage traffic better. Or you could be using it to recognise operating systems and display correctly-sized web pages. But ultimately, you’re giving users better experiences.

To help you deploy a WLAN for today’s mobile devices, we’ve created a technical brief for network engineers. It outlines issues and gives tips on how to configure your network (spoiler alert: this brief gets pretty techy, pretty quickly).

Organisations are only going to become more reliant on mobile devices to communicate with customers and colleagues. Pay attention to your infrastructure and how it’s configured, and you’ll stay one step ahead. Ignore it, and it could come back to bite you.

1 GSMA Intelligence
2 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vala-afshar/50-incredible-wifi-tech-s_b_4775837.html