10 Best Practices for Wireless Failover Deployments: How Prepared Are You?

Pat Verrington

With technology continuing to evolve and improve, it’s critical that customers understand what they need for their businesses and that they direct the right questions to their vendors. When deploying a wireless failover solution – it’s important to keep in mind that offerings vary widely in functionality and price, and it will save both time and money to define your requirements prior to purchasing your solution.

To help simplify the process, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things that must be considered when deploying a wireless failover solution:

  1. Is your Business PCI Compliant?

Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance is a set of security standards developed to protect card payment information during and after a transaction. Exposing your network can result in financial disaster, so make sure your wireless failover solution is PCI compliant.

  1. Block Unnecessary Websites

A solution that helps block unnecessary web surfing can limit Internet abuse, boost security and lower bandwidth usage. This is especially true this time of year when March Madness is in full swing.

  1. Be Selective

Select only the features you need to run your business, factoring in cost and security as a priority.  Cellular Wi-Fi solutions can become expensive, so choose one that can be tailored to suit your business needs.

  1. Pick the Best Coverage – Warning, You May Need More Than One Carrier

Some partners will offer only one or two carrier options while others offer many, including global and local networks. Having access to a variety of operators through a single provider means one point of contact, the best coverage for all locations and best of all, only one partnership to manage.

  1. And Then Pick the Right Plan

Wireless Failover Solutions offer more flexibility then landline connections so get to know all the options first.

  1. Control Your Cost and Pool Your Usage

This allows you to share data amongst all your connections. Multiple locations are highly unlikely to go down simultaneously so pooled data can still be accessed, which helps reduce costs.

  1. Consider Adding an Extra Layer of Protection with a Private Network

Having a private IP address will help protect against intrusion attempts. Not all solution providers offer this, so it may come at an additional cost.

  1. Know Your Options - Wireless Router or Gateway?

Your wireless provider should be able to offer a variety of hardware solutions and configuration options to match your custom network requirements.

  1. Seriously Consider Remote Management

With multiple locations, a remote management platform can help define a single, streamlined communications platform. There may be added costs, depending on the manufacturer, but this approach will save time and money with advanced data usage reporting alongside real-time alerts.

  1. Don’t forget VoIP phones

If VoIP phones are part of your integrated system, then a wireless failover solution will require QoS dedicated bandwidth and LTE connectivity. Your solution provider should be able to offer this for an effective wireless failover solution.

Wireless Failover solutions can get complicated, so be sure to ask the right questions before making any long-term commitments. KORE Wireless Failover specialists can answer your questions and help you choose the best options - reach out to KORE today for more information: info@korewireless.com or call 877.710.KORE (5673)

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