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WAP: What are Wireless AP’s and Why Do They Matter?

Want to present your brand positively and professionally? Your company’s internet connection matters. The key to satisfied customers and productive employees in your office building is a fast, reliable internet connection.  

Think about the last time you worked at a location with a poor internet connection. You probably had trouble getting anything done, and frustration likely ensued. If you could have left the location to work somewhere else, you probably did.

Now imagine that the location has a reliable and strong internet connection. You work comfortably and productively in the space, appreciating how nice it is to have a reliable, fast connection. Well-installed WAPs, or wireless access points, can help provide the latter, positive experience.

What Are WAPs (Wireless Access Points)?

Growing companies rely on excellent wireless internet connection to function. An essential part of a successful wireless system is a hardware device called a WAP, or wireless access point, which makes it possible for wireless devices to connect to a wired network.  

A home network might only need one WAP, but companies typically require multiple WAPs throughout their office area, connecting each client wirelessly to the network. A proper installation of WAPs ensures a successful Wi-Fi connection. WAPs are often called access points (APs) in order to avoid confusion with wireless application protocols.  

Why Do You Need Enterprise-Level WAPs as a Management Company, Landlord, or Building Owner?

Enterprise-Level WAPs provide the following features and benefits:

  • Scales your Wi-Fi connection to a larger number of clients  
  • Enables local Wi-Fi networks to connect to other wired networks
  • Scales your network to larger distances
  • Creates reliable wireless internet access across your building or space
  • Improves your bottom line and brand perception through improved end-user satisfaction, efficiency, and productivity

In all, enterprise-level WAPs allow your company to offer the best wireless internet connection for your users, improving their experience, and benefiting your company.

Installing WAPs in Your Office or Space

How many WAPs does your office need? Where is the optimal location to place them? If all the decisions involved feels a bit overwhelming, you’re not alone. Figuring out how and where to place routers across a space for the most reliable signal can prove to be a complex challenge. Thankfully, LightBound is well-equipped with the tools and knowledge to help.

As part of LightBound’s full Cloud Portfolio, we can supply the right number of WAPs and help determine the best locations to set them up across your office space. Contact LightBound today to get started or ask any questions you might have about wireless access points.

How to Destroy Your Business By Not Having a DRaaS Provider

What if your business was losing more than $5,000 per minute? For a few hours? What about a few days? This is the estimated cost of critical applications being down or outages due to disaster, according to the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey (2014). Data-loss disasters aren’t a rarity, with more than one-third of respondents having lost one or more critical applications, VMs, or critical data for hours within the past year of the survey.

Historically, most of us think that disasters are primarily due to natural disasters like like fires, floods, or tornadoes. While mother nature is partly to blame, virtual and logical disasters are more common today, including hackers, security exposures, and major network outages that disconnect employees and customers from infrastructure and applications.

Unfortunately, many businesses remain vulnerable to disaster, with 3 out of 4 at risk of failing to “make the grade for Disaster Recovery Preparedness.” The cost is lost business, damaged reputations, and lost resources diverted to disaster recovery. Take a look at three real-life disasters, illustrating the devastating costs that could have been prevented with a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) provider.

1. Delta Backup Failure Takes a Toll on Air Line’s Reputation and Bottom Line

Major American airline, Delta, faced a nightmare when a critical control module at their Technology Command Center malfunctioned. The surge to the transformer and loss of power forced them to halt flights on August 8, 2016. Though power was restored quickly, “critical systems and network equipment didn’t switch over to backups.” Thousands of passengers were left stranded and “#Delta” trended on Twitter because disgruntled customers spread negative publicity. A DRaaS solution would have significantly reduced the downtime, financial loss, and damage to Delta’s reputation as a reliable airline.

2. Company’s Lack of Backup Means Devastating Data Loss

In another instance, a company’s junior software developer “instantly overwrote the company’s production servers with an incorrect command during his onboarding.” When he shared his story on Reddit after being fired, users pointed out that the company was at fault for failing to back up their databases or having security measures in place to prevent something like this from being a possibility. In an instant, this company experienced a devastating data loss that could have been quickly and easily recovered with a DRaaS provider.

3. Ransomware Leads to Costly Downtime for Vulnerable Businesses

In May of this year, a ransomware attack known as WannaCry, affected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, with victims including hospitals, banks, telecommunications companies and warehouses. WannaCry held computer data hostage until a ransom was paid. Yet, the biggest hit to targets of this attack wasn’t necessarily the ransom, but the downtime caused by the attack. With DRaaS, downtime from WannaCry would have been significantly lower and the ransoms could have been ignored.

How Can Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Help?

With DRaaS solutions, it’s affordable, achievable, and fast to recover data losses from a disaster. “DRaaS uses a cloud provider’s computers, networking and storage to act as the target site for replication and recovery of your company’s critical data and applications,” explains Zerto. DRaaS solutions provide data recovery in minutes, where one-fourth of businesses lose most or all of their datacenter for hours, or even days.

Protecting Your Business’ Reputation and Bottom Line With LightBound

Basic backup procedures can help you recover data when disaster strikes, but it is significantly slower than the minutes-long recovery time achievable with DRaaS solutions. With the negative effects of downtime on your brand’s bottom line, every second that it takes to recover counts.

LightBound’s DRaaS solution helps make disaster recovery affordable, achievable, and fast. Contact us today to find out how LightBound can protect your business with DRaaS solutions.

View the full “Total Cost of Downtime For Your Business” LightBound infographic on our website. 

What’s All The Fuss About Fiber Internet And Why Does It Matter?

Meet John Jones.

John could be anyone. Your best friend, your neighbor, a relative, your boss, or a co-worker. Above all, he’s someone you think has it all going on. He’s up on the latest trends and he’s got it all together. He’s a techno-gadget guy, and he is the one person who makes you feel like you need to “keep up with the Joneses.”

If you are a buyer of technology or a gadget-lover, you undoubtedly know someone like John and have experienced the feeling of wanting something, even though you may not even know what it is – or why you want it. You’re not sure what it is, but John has it, so you gotta have it!

Problem is, if you don’t really know what “IT” is, or how to differentiate between the options, “IT” is kinda difficult to shop for, eh? Read more

LightBound Is Now HIPAA Compliant

In today’s digital age, most companies store sensitive information, including sensitive patient information or health records. As such, the data center storing your valuable information must be HIPAA compliant. But what does that mean for you? Here, we’ll review what HIPAA is and why you should make sure your data center is compliant with today’s regulations. Read more

Buy? Build? Rent? Which DataCenter Option Is Best For You?

Your information technology (IT) infrastructure is, undoubtedly, a critical part of your business. In order to store that infrastructure, you’re likely going to end up using a datacenter. Selecting the right datacenter option is essential – considering it will house most or all of your most important data and applications.

Now, when looking at your business needs, you should also consider whether to buy an existing facility, build your own, or rent usage from a datacenter provider. In other words, what makes the most sense – invest in building a dedicated center, purchase a center or lease space from a data center provider? Here are some of the major factors to consider when making this decision. Read more