Pros and Cons of Smart WiFi

You've heard about Smart WiFi but it with so much jargon it can be hard to understand. Take a look at our simple breakdown of what Smart WiFi is here.

Richard Weddle

19/12/2018

Smart Wi-Fi means a lot of things to different people. For some, it’s a given, for others, it’s a wish. The good news is that Smart Wi-Fi is a reality in today’s technology market. To help you get your head around what Smart Wi-Fi is, how it works and what to do with it, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you on your way.

What is Smart Wi-Fi?

Imagine you’re sat at your desk and the Wi-Fi slows down or – even worse – comes to a grinding halt. Just as you were in the middle of an important download, or a heated instant messaging session between split offices. You now have to log a ticket with IT, wait a while and probably lose patience and head for the nearest coffee shop. Think again. With Smart Wi-Fi, your router is automatically scanning frequencies to ensure you are connected to the best connection available.

If you are familiar with SD-WAN, the principles are the same. SD-WAN will proactively identify and mitigate risk by shifting your internet onto a different physical connection. Smart Wi-Fi finds the best frequency for the internet connection it is plugged into.

How does Smart Wi-Fi differ to normal Wi-Fi?

Your current router, at home or in your office, does a variety of jobs. The one most relevant to you is beaming the internet out to all your connected devices. A standard wireless router will do just that. You can surf the internet and keep connected to your business critical apps.

A Smart Wi-Fi router provides interaction with mobile applications and devices. Being constantly connected enables apps to react to issues and enhance your Wi-Fi experience in automated, intelligent ways.

Pros

Smart Wi-Fi can:

  • Change router settings; wireless signals beam out over several channels and frequencies, Smart Wi-Fi will ensure you’re connected to the best one
  • Monitor network devices; a constant stream of data and messages back and forth to monitor devices on the network
  • Restrict access to certain websites; malicious or particularly bandwidth-heavy site access can be restricted

Cons

Smart Wi-Fi  can’t:

  • Detect unforeseen circumstances; if you’re plugged into an internet connection that goes down suddenly, you will need a backup or failover solution in place
  • Filter bandwidth; if you need more bandwidth for certain tasks, like streaming or uploading, you will use more bandwidth but you will still be sharing the connection with everyone else connected
  • Double as wireless repeaters; wireless blackspots are annoying in the home or business, Smart Wi-Fi routers do generally have more antennas for extra coverage though

Smart Routers

No two smart routers are the same. Finding the right smart router for you is completely dependent on your Wi-Fi requirements. You can be as simple or complex as you like in these requirements as the technology is totally scalable. As standard, the following features and benefits are seen in most Smart Wi-Fi packages:

  • Next generation security; predictable blocking and content filtering
  • Easy access via smartphone apps
  • Simple, familiar user interface; you no longer need a computer science degree to manage devices and connections
  • One-click setup for home and business Smart appliances
  • Proactive device monitoring with built-in controls and instructions

Unless you can provide a private connection per user in your business, you should be thinking about switching to Smart Wi-Fi. Pleasing everybody in business is difficult. It is a lot easier to provide your employees and visitors with a consistent Wi-Fi experience in your offices today. And that’s a great starting point for pleasing everybody.

To find out the available Smart Wi-Fi options for your business, visit our network services page or give us a call on 0191 511 1000. Talk to us, we’re Nice.

Talk to us
we're nice.