Functional internet and connectivity is crucial for the daily operations of a modern business. Accessing website resources without issue means management and workers can perform tasks without interruption, along with several other benefits.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at WANs, or “wireless access networks” to discuss those mentioned benefits. A WAN system is ideal for multi-site connectivity and expanding internet needs, while centralized on the same network. If your company has multiple locations which need to access the same network, WAN systems are a great business option.
Here are just a few huge benefits when utilizing WAN over LAN for bigger networks.
1. Remote Access
Allowing works to access company network infrastructure from off-site can be hugely beneficial. This flexible option cuts down on time commuting and allows various members of the workforce to address projects from convenient locations, where traditionally they would need to take the slower option.
One of the biggest advantages to WAN is its size. As mentioned, WAN fits multiple locations into one centralized network and can easily expand with secure connections to include more users. In many cases, especially thanks to cloud computing, these expanding resources are virtualized.
3. Improved Firewalls
WANs are capable of utilizing adaptive firewalls to better assess the security of a network. They can control more detailed aspects of who connects to the network, such as limiting device types and restricting MAC addresses to create a larger layer of security.
4. Cost Reduction
A wireless network does not have to rely on physical infrastructure as heavily as LAN. Along with its scaling ability, businesses pay much less for resources when expanding their network, as the requirements are less.
5. Improved Resource Sharing
WAN can allow users to access the same programs, files and projects from a single login. Traditionally, unique installs are required for individual systems, but wireless and virtualized processes mean the entire network has access to resources without those logins.
Files and projects are also easier to access as users can work on them in real time, while flexibility share updates, changes, and additions at more efficient speeds.
6. Information Access
Thanks to WAN, all information is current and updated for every user. In some cases, traditional connections mean other individuals on a network are working with outdated models. This is a red flag and can lead to significant productivity problems, whereas WAN eliminates the issue with current data.
7. Location Expansion
While we have emphasized the flexibility of WAN for multiple sites, the truth is it allows for nearly limitless expansion. Provided your company has the resources and workforce, you are not limited by physical restraints and may expand as required.
A small business will have no issues utilizing LAN connections. However, as other companies rapidly expand, their need for larger, faster infrastructure grows. WAN can fill this need as a flexible option, complete with cutting edge security, speed, and virtualized options. If you’re still curious about using a WAN system, give Stratosphere Networks a call at (877)599-3999 or fill out a contact form to speak with an IT professional about how a WAN system might benefit your business specifically.