Design Your Staff’s Wi-Fi for WFH
With the coronavirus spreading in more than 160 countries, CDC the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said that the public should prepare for an extended coronavirus pandemic in the US. It’s time to discuss the near-term business requirements of what we need to do during the Corona Virus events around us.
Things to Consider:
- Office Space reconfiguration moving people further apart and changing the work between “teams” where groups of workers only come in on specific days.
- Cleaning and protecting our Wi-Fi devices while avoiding harm to the equipment.
- What can be done now while our offices are closed, design, update and more.
- Enabling more video conferencing options and online meetings.
Building proposals and obtaining approvals during this time are critical to restarting the whole process of restructuring WiFi infrastructure. People are going to return to their offices and things will have to change. Be ahead of the curve. I have been talking to other Wi-Fi experts and discussing what our plans should look like for 2020 considering the news to collaborate while all of us are working from home and keep up the pace with our productivity. We have the following new technologies to consider.
Wi-Fi 6 Fresh for end user devices and Access Points.
Increased RTLS usage and updated 2020 design methodologies to consider. Especially in hospitals and now for the elderly in general. Improved Wireless Experience products (client simulation and hardware sensors) to deploy. We can do one of two things. Shut down and work from home and be reactive to our users’ Or Start designing and building our Wi-Fi workload for when this is over or at least under more control that we can pick up again with our work. The most important point to consider over here is to plan and design now. We will have improved productivity and jump start into well-developed projects in place so when we return to the office, we can kick off all those projects we could never get to.
Office Space reconfiguration – if you have a recent survey team like eTribeca, they can review these and make recommendations on the impact of Wi-Fi as you move desks and people around. It maybe you have to perform a full survey again or utilize a predictive but only a professional wireless company can successfully advise the best cause of action. Extending Wireless to the home as a business use. Companies will find a lot of issues from work at home where Wi-Fi is not managed. eTribeca has tools to assist identifying the issues on the consumer Wi-Fi network and assisting the remote users to resolve Wi-Fi network outages. Otherwise they may not be as productive or have increased downtime while working at home. This can take the strain off your help desk teams and improve tele working as an option even after this current epidemic.
Start talking to your wireless providers about upgrades and improved designs. Think about survey onsite as an option and cable deployment if access is still an option. End users are often a restriction to getting new things done. Pushing for Afterhours work sometimes or aggravated by planed downtime.
Being in the industry since 1997, we have worked on critical projects with continuous shift in technology. Our engineers deploy around the country and can scale to most client’s needs.
Let’s work together to stay safe during the Coronavirus crisis and be prepared for the time when it is under control.