Picking a wi-fi option for your house to stream Netflix and look at Facebook is a tough decision, but what if you must connect 80 devices to it and need those devices to roam from classroom to classroom or office to office? Picking a wi-fi option is sort of like trying to choose between a Lexus and a BMW. Tons of options and features that all sound great, but how do you know what will be the best?
My name is Josh Peldo and I’ve been with DRN and ReadiTech for 11 years. I’ve been helping businesses and schools with their technology needs for the past seven years. If you’re looking for a new wi-fi option for your business or school, let me help you pick between that Lexus or BMW.
In my experience with schools and businesses I’ve worked with many different vendors: Cisco, Ruckus, Aruba, Fortinet, D-Link, Ubiquiti, and many others. The one vendor that has risen to the top for me in the last three years is by far and away the Cisco Meraki. The hardware has been solid and the best feature they offer is the cloud controller: no licensing issues, no controller firmware issues and best of all, a no-hassle portal to see all your devices and reports. Meraki offers many different models of access points, network switches, routers, and even cameras.
As far as wi-fi choices go, I feel like the Meraki offers you the most reliable, easy to use, and feature rich options. A very popular feature has been content filtering. Businesses or schools can offer a highly secure admin network alongside a public/guest network that is not only isolated from the admin network, but will also filter adult content and any other customizable content you wish to block. Other easy to set up and easy to customize features puts this wi-fi option on top of my list. If you are still not sold on the Meraki, call our office at 701-344-5000 and request a demo. I’d be happy to give you a test drive!
Josh Peldo – Network Analyst