An important client connection: the WiFi guest network

An important client connection: the WiFi guest network

You can provide an impressive, efficient work environment for clients who visit your office by setting up a WiFi network just for them.

Benefits of a guest network

  • Gives your office guests secure Internet access
  • Keeps your own business WiFi network private and separate
  • Lets your guests access their documents and data without having to rely on cellular connections
  • Saves your meetings from being sidetracked by poor connections
  • Showcases your professionalism and client focus

How to get started

  • Check with your Internet provider to find out if your service can accommodate a guest network.
  • Review the instructions for your WiFi router to see if it offers a guest network option, and if so, how to set it up. If you have misplaced your user manual, you can probably find it online.
  • If you do not currently have a guest network option, many wireless routers are available with easy set-up. The cost ranges from $70 to $200. Shop online or in stores for guest network-enabled WiFi routers.
  • Try Apple’s AirPort Extreme or the Linksys E2500.

Be creative with your network name and password

  • Your guest network name can help promote your business brand. For example, “yourbusinessname_guest.”
  • The password to the network can also promote your business. It should be simple and memorable. More secure passwords include a mix of letters and numbers, as well as upper- and lower-case letters.
  • If you are in a congested office environment, choose a name for your guest network that is easily identified as yours.