There is little doubt that the digital age has made everyone more mobile, with wireless connectivity now arguably the most popular method of getting online.
The technology has brought about a range of advantages for businesses of all sizes, including flexible working; a trend that has brought an end to the traditional way of working where employees are often chained to their desks.
Whether it's from home, in another office, or even on the move, wireless connectivity has allowed employees to effectively work from anywhere, which in turn helps to enhance the morale and efficiency of a company's workforce.
Wi-Fi playing a crucial role
Creating an office that is hospitable to such a way of working is subsequently no longer a luxury but a necessity for many modern businesses, meaning getting it right is often crucial.
In today's era of everything becoming more internet-based, a reliable, high-quality connection is more important than ever.
Mistakes to avoid
Yet despite many business leaders finding themselves in agreement over the benefits of Wi-Fi, mistakes are still made.
One of the most common errors crops up at the first step, with many smaller businesses opting for entry-level wireless routers when setting up their network.
This is always a potential mistake as it limits the growth of a business. A consumer-grade router can easily become overloaded when high-throughput appliances such as NAS or IP cameras get added into the system.
If your Wi-Fi set-up is unable to handle these applications, it is almost pointless to install them in the first place.
Adding these demanding devices is an inevitable part of growing your business. As too is the addition of more mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
It is therefore always important to ensure there are multiple access points available in order to ease the strain on your network.
Access points should always be strategically placed in order to reduce the risk of any disruption.
Breaks in service can prove hugely costly to the productivity of a workforce, which in turn can cost a business time and money. It also reflects badly on a company's clients if they are constantly having to deal with communication breakdowns during that crucial video conference or if Wi-Fi downtime holds back that presentation for potential investors.
Expansion and successful wireless infrastructure effectively go hand in hand.
We want Wi-Fi!
However, it's not just employees and clients that often demand a good-quality wireless connection. Customers are increasingly seeing Wi-Fi as being an important part of the service they receive.
This especially true of hotels, with wireless internet now the most in-demand amenity for guests, many of whom are eager to feel as close to home as possible, while also bringing an ever-increasing number of mobile devices on their travels.
A survey carried out by hotels.com earlier this year found that 49 per cent of business travellers saw Wi-Fi as being a key part of their choice of hotel.
Given that online ratings carry more clout than ever, word of poor and unreliable Wi-Fi can quickly spread and cause damage to the reputation of your business; a situation that nobody wants in this current climate.