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Securing Your Medical Practice WiFi To Protect Patient Records

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 28, 2014 6:00:00 AM

A hospital, clinic, or other healthcare provider is going to face some specific challenges when implementing a new WiFi system. While proper data protection is necessary in all areas of business, the medical field specifically has a number of additional regulations over how data is handled.

Since, of course, your patients' medical histories are among the most highly confidential records in circulation, extra care is needed to keep them safe on a network with public access. Failure to do so wouldn't just harm the patients, it would also bring down substantial financial penalties on your operation.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, BYOD, Secure Wi-Fi Solutions

4 Ways To Deliver Superior Guest Experiences With Hospitality WiFi

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 27, 2014 6:00:00 AM

When you add WiFi to your hotel or other hospitality business, people take notice, fast. Whether a business offers WiFi is becoming one of the single most important deciding factors when a customer is comparing offerings.

If your hotel isn't offering a WiFi service, guests are probably going elsewhere.

Of course, well-begun is only half done. Simply having WiFi isn't enough - it needs to provide a great user experience. These are are the areas where we most frequently see hotels struggle, in terms of setting up a WiFi service their guests embrace.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Secure Wi-Fi Solutions

5 Ways To Guard Your Guests From Hotel WiFi Security Risks

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 26, 2014 5:00:00 AM

When you advertise WiFi at your hotel or other hospitality organization, there are certain expectations your guests will carry away from that message.  One, of course, is that the WiFi will be there and be relatively reliable.  The other is that they'll be kept safe and secure while connected to your systems.

Network security at a hotel truly is an issue that affects all people at that hotel:  Yourself, your staff, and your guests.  Any sort of intrusion or systems breach that affects people or data can ultimately end up bringing large and costly liabilities upon you.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Secure Wireless Network

How To Choose In-House vs. Outsourced Hotel WiFi Management

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 21, 2014 6:00:00 AM

So, your hotel has decided to implement WiFi?  It's a good decision, which will both increase productivity among your workers, as well as attracting a lot of new mobile-focused visitors.  WiFi availability is now one of the biggest draws in the hospitality industry, and a major deciding factor in a lot of consumer decisions.

A hotel looking to adopt WiFi has two basic choices for installing the system:  Handling it on-site and keeping administration in-house, or using cloud management - either in house or hiring an offsite WiFi management firm to take care of the day-to-day operations.

Which is right for your hotel?  Let's take a look...

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wifi Antenna

What Guests Want Out Of Your Hotel Wireless Network

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 20, 2014 6:00:00 AM

The explosion of mobile devices and on-the-go Internet has happened faster than just about anyone was expecting. In the last five years, mobile devices have caught on worldwide. Already this year, mobile browsing surpassed desktop browsing in terms of pageviews.

Further, consumers are definitely deciding on destinations based on WiFi availability and a great hotel wireless network. According to a 2013 study, more than a third of hotel visitors claim "free WiFi" is their #1 deciding factor in any situation. Among business customers, that goes up to over 50%. And two-thirds said it's the amenity they'd most like to see standard in hotels - that's twice as many as those who said "free breakfast."

Yes, your guests apparently want WiFi more than food.

(B.F. Skinner would be proud.)

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wifi Antenna, Wi-Fi Signal Strength

Show Me The Money: How To Cash in on Wi-Fi Access

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 19, 2014 6:00:00 AM

There are a lot of great business-related reasons to add Wi-Fi access to your facilities, but one element a lot of people don't consider is the potential for WiFi to drive revenue!

WiFi doesn't have to "merely" be a draw to get people in the door. There are numerous ways you can use it to directly drive revenues, boost business, and even get more data to focus other customer efforts.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wifi Antenna, Wi-Fi Signal Strength

The Hottest 2014 Trends in VoIP Every Business Owner Should Know

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 14, 2014 6:00:00 AM

These days, Voice-over-IP is really the tip of the iceberg. "Pure" services are expanding, alongside a range of other communications options that use similar or overlapping technologies.

The short version is, VoIP-based systems are becoming the backbone for entirely new kinds of software-powered communications. Your choices today will have huge effect on all your communications in years to come.

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Topics: VoIP, Phone Systems

WiFi To Overtake Wired Traffic By 2018 - Is Your Business Prepared?

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 13, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Cisco recently released a new study on trends in networking, with a focus on where we'll be by 2018.   The results were a bit surprising, if only by highlight just how fast technology is now moving today... and how quickly it's being adopted.

Just to hit a few highlights from their report:

  • By 2018, more online traffic will move over WiFi than over wired networks.
  • Continued usage of traditional wired networks will likely fall to <40%.
  • HD Video will overtake SD Video in usage.
  • In fact, nearly 80% of IP traffic will be video.
  • The PC will cease to be the most common content consumption device.
  • The Internet will grow 3-4x, and move more than 1.5 zettabytes of data worldwide.

So, basically, Cisco is predicting another near-total revolution in computing being complete by the end of the decade - and they have a lot of data backing up these trends.  This should be of concern to anyone tasked with managing their business's IT budget for the next few years.

Assuming Cisco is right on their predictions - and they're usually real close - what does this mean for your business?  There are a lot of implications.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Secure Wireless Network

What Are The Most Secure Hotel WiFi Systems Available?

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 12, 2014 6:00:00 AM

These days, installing WiFi in a hotel is becoming more of a necessity than an option.  Visitors are coming to almost-universally prefer hotels which offer at least basic free WiFi, and will choose based on availability.  Further, WiFi can boost the productivity of your staff, along with bringing plenty of new monetization opportunities.

There are a lot of reasons to install a new WiFi system, but of course, security is going to be a concern.  The more you expand your network, the more security matters.

So how do you install WiFi that benefits both employees and guests, while still keeping your internal systems safe?  We've got some ideas!

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Topics: Secure Wireless Network, Wi-Fi Signal Strength

How Much Does Hotel WiFi Installation Cost?

Posted by John Ciarlone on Aug 7, 2014 6:00:00 AM

One of the first things any hotel wants to know about a WiFi installation is how much it will cost.  This is often a tricker question than is immediately apparent, because there's no such thing as "one size fits all" WiFi, at least not yet.  A good WiFi deployment is going to be personalized for a business, which mean exact estimates are hard to give without a full consultation. 

The simplest network architecture these days is virtualized.  In such a setup, such as one using the Bluesocket standard, the WiFi Access Points (APs) themselves are effectively all a location needs.  There's no need for an expensive central server or controller.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Secure Wireless Network, Wifi Antenna

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