Businesses of all shapes and sizes will be all-too-familiar with the problem of ensuring a uniform Wi-Fi signal wherever it’s needed. Black spots are often grudgingly tolerated, but in most cases, at the expense of operational efficiency and, increasingly, to the detriment of employee, guest or customer experience.
Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), from restaurants, to bars, to garden centres – in fact, any company whose employees or customers rely on instant web
access – cannot afford to fall behind competitors who provide better coverage.
This applies to both inside and outside spaces (think groups of friends wanting to swap images in pub gardens, or green-fingered garden-centre customers wanting to Google information on a plant they’d like to buy).
And let’s not forget employees needing instant web access to carry out their daily tasks… businesses who operate on multiple floors within a building, for example. They quickly find that frustration caused by ‘signal failure’ isn’t the sole preserve of train companies! Black spots in their building lead to downtime and poor efficiency and, as a consequence, productivity suffers.
Many businesses have tried to simply add wireless repeaters to help boost signal. The obvious problem with this is that repeaters simply continue to route all signals to the main router which is connected to the internet via a single data path, such as a fibre-optic cable. Ultimately, this is no more than a sticking plaster solution that can be undermined by things like reinforced concrete, electrical appliances, and even mirrors (a surprising source of electromagnetic interference).
Mesh networking to the rescue!
Or, to be more specific, NETGEAR’s Orbi Pro. This is NETGEAR’s answer for small businesses that demand wall-to-wall-to-floor-to-ceiling Wi-Fi coverage. Orbi Pro is designed to ensure that employee and guest Wi-Fi devices can enjoy seamless connectivity throughout your business.
From reception areas to storage rooms, to break-out and meeting spaces, the Orbi Pro Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi System (SRK60) extends coverage up to 10,000 square feet with high-performance AC3000 (3Gbps) Wi-Fi. So, as more devices connect to your Wi-Fi, the innovative Orbi Pro helps deliver super-fast connectivity.
So how does it work?
NETGEAR-patented FastLane3 Technology provides a dedicated Tri-Band Wi-Fi connection between its Router and Satellite to maximise connection speeds for large file streaming across multiple devices. Orbi Pro allows you to create three distinct Wi-Fi networks, so everyone stays connected and data remains secure. Typically, these networks would be:
- Admin (for mission-critical business use)
- Employee – BYOD (bring your own device) and hotdesking use
- Guest and visitor access
Each network has its own, clearly defined SSID (service set identifier – aka, network name) with traffic separation to define three dedicated, secure and completely isolated Wi-Fi networks. Whilst SSID management can be easily carried out via the Orbi app for instant set-up.
Add-ons with added benefits
If you need to use the Ethernet ports on the Router and the Satellite to connect your Point of Sale, printer, IP phones, digital billboard and more, the Orbi Pro Satellite (SRS60) will add up to 2,500 square feet of coverage to the Orbi Pro Wi-Fi System (limited to 3 Satellite).
Add-on Orbi Outdoor Satellite
And when it comes to expanding outdoor coverage, an Orbi Outdoor Satellite will enable you or your customers to stay connected outdoors, rain or shine with the only weather-resistant outdoor Wi-Fi mesh system. You can enjoy uninterrupted video streaming on mobile devices or play music to pub garden speakers.
Make a seamless transition
Orbi Pro will dovetail with your current business internet service provider right out of the box – no need to replace equipment. And, usefully, NETGEAR will not require you to sign up for an account in order to use the Orbi Pro system. Simply plug in and follow the instructions on your computer or use the NETGEAR Orbi app on your mobile device.
Get up to speed quickly
Many SMBs don’t have a dedicated IT expert on the payroll, NETGEAR has made certain that the system is effortless to install, making any business owner or manager an instant IT professional!
The Orbi Pro system is designed to be mounted anywhere. There are multiple mounting options – including desk, wall, and ceiling-hung mounting. And, conveniently, all brackets and fittings are provided to give you maximum flexibility.
Orbi Pro in action – A case study
Dough Society is a London based, 100% vegan, handmade doughnut and coffee shop. After two years of operating out of the East London food market scene, Dough Society looked to expand and open London’s first all-vegan coffee and doughnut shop.
Like many startups, the connectivity demands from the business grew, along with that of their customers. To improve the in-store customer experience, they wanted to provide better Wi-Fi via a scalable solution that can expand as their business grows.
The Orbi Pro AC3000 Tri-band Wi-Fi system allowed them to manage a large number of devices on their network at one time, but also to quickly separate business equipment on a separate, secure network connection while allowing their customers to enjoy Wi-Fi in the café.
Lauren, Owner of Dough Society, commented, “Setting up dedicated networks and guest Wi-Fi would have cost money and take time. With the support of NETGEAR, the Orbi Pro allows us to have up to 3 dedicated SSIDs which can be managed via the Orbi App, allowing us to continue on setting up and running the shop. People love to stick around when there is high-speed Wi-Fi. That’s because mobile data costs them money and, for us, being able to offer people a free way to stay connected is great. This has the added benefit of people staying longer, so they inevitably spend a little more in store on coffee and food to keep their spot.”
Find out more about NETGEAR’s Orbi Pro by contacting us on 0371 973 3000.