5 New Year’s Resolutions for Every SMB

As we (thankfully) close the books on 2021, it’s time to think about how best to promote business growth in the new year. In this post, we offer up five battled-tested network technologies and strategies that can bring more speed and agility to most small- or medium-sized businesses (SMB), perhaps even while lowering costs.

Consider them your IT New Year’s resolutions.

1. Investigate Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi networks are now business-critical, with employees and customers alike expecting fast, reliable connections wherever they are – and from whatever device they’re using. That’s the challenge Wi-Fi 6 is designed to address.

Originally known as 802.11ax, Wi-Fi 6 includes features that both reduce contention for bandwidth among devices and allow for up to eight devices to transmit simultaneously, each on a dedicated channel. It supports speeds up to 10G bps (thanks to 1024 QAM) and reduces congestion by allowing inactive devices to remain inactive for longer vs. previous iterations of 802.11. Wi-Fi 6 compatible access points enable networks to handle varying types of traffic more efficiently – from streaming HD video to shorter packets for voice and data – without sacrificing performance for any of them.

2. Explore IoT technology

Since W-Fi 6 compatible networking technology reduces competition for bandwidth, it has become increasingly critical to support both IoT applications and multiple high-bandwidth devices on a single network.

IoT applications that apply to SMBs include perimeter cameras and asset control systems to help detect and prevent building intrusions and resulting losses. Other use cases include sensors for inventory and asset tracking.

3. Shore up cyber security defenses

As we become more connected via IoT devices and other technologies, however, we also open up to new cyber threats. While a proper security architecture includes many elements, a good place to start is with the concept of Zero Trust. As its name implies, Zero Trust assumes all network users and devices are hostile and must be thoroughly vetted before being allowed to join the network and access business resources.

The good news is many of the crucial Zero Trust elements can…