For years in both our businesses and homes, we’ve connected to the internet through an internet service provider and wired computers to internet modems.

In an office, that usually means you could access the internet from you desktop PC, but that was pretty much it. If you wanted to access the internet from a laptop or smartphone, you had to find your own connection.

But then came Wi-Fi, which suddenly meant that any device in the office could have access to the internet and all that entails, from email and messaging to sharing documents. Wi-Fi is a method of accessing the Internet or a private network from your computer using radio waves rather than a physical cable

The advantages of having this freedom has made a big impact on the way many offices operate. Consider these advantages to converting your business to Wi-Fi.

Your employees can rely on Wi-Fi to increase productivity. Wi-Fi allows employees in meetings to send emails, link to content online or from a company server, or follow along with someone else’s WebEx presentation.

Wi-Fi also encourages face-to-face collaboration. Instead of being forced to work from their desks, team members can gather anywhere and work in real-time. It also allows employees to work from smartphones and tablets anywhere in the office.

Wi-Fi also allows you to add users quickly without having to reconfigure desks and get employees access to an open ISP line. Desks can be moved and new employees can be added to the network without the effort and cost required to run cables and wires.

Wi-Fi also allows you to offer internet access to your visitors and customers. Business partners or vendors will have access when attending meetings or doing project work. This can be especially important of you have poor cell phone connections in your office space.

It’s a much better situation than having a consultant or partner trying to hunt down an open ISP connection of relying on their phone to conduct work in your office.

Wi-Fi access points offer multiple Service Set Identifier (SSID) technology which can create two or more Wi-Fi channels. A business can now set up a secure, corporate Wi-Fi network and a separate, open-access guest Wi-Fi network. This avoids the need to reveal the network password to outsiders.

Depending on your business, there can also be a great benefit to offering free Wi-Fi to customers. For example, a restaurant owner could benefit from customers who can post positive reviews quickly to social media.

Apple Pay, Paypal, Google Wallet, and other mobile payments are also becoming popular with consumers with EMV requirements and you may already have noticed more and more of your customers are turning to their smartphones to pay their bill.

A Maxx Communications, we are data network specialists and can help you set up and design the right Wi-Fi setup – and security – for your business and your customers.

Isn’t it time to free yourself from ISP wires?