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Wi-Fi is the wireless technology used to connect computers, tablets, smartphones and other devices to the internet.

Wi-Fi is the radio signal sent from a wireless router to a nearby device, which translates the signal into data you can see and use. The device transmits a radio signal back to the router, which connects to the internet by wire or cable.

What is a Wi-Fi network?

A WiFi network is simply an internet connection that’s shared with multiple devices in a home or business via a wireless router. The router is connected directly to your internet modem and acts as a hub to broadcast the internet signal to all your Wi-Fi enabled devices. This gives you flexibility to stay connected to the internet as long as you’re within your network coverage area.

How does Wi-Fi work?

Wi-Fi uses radio waves to transmit data from your wireless router to your Wi-Fi enabled devices like your TV, smartphone, tablet and computer. Because they communicate with each other over airwaves, your devices and personal information can become vulnerable to hackers, cyber-attacks and other threats. This is especially true when you connect to a public Wi-Fi network at places like a coffee shop or airport. When possible, it’s best to connect to a wireless network that is password-protected or a personal hotspot.

Fast, secure WiFi—it’s what every business wants and needs today. Unfortunately, as technology has evolved, getting the performance and security you need has only become harder to achieve, maintain, and afford.

In the past, WiFi design involved a large emphasis on coverage, as only a select group of people used and relied on wireless to be productive—and content.

However, you will be hard pressed to find anyone—be it a guest, customer, employee, or student that doesn’t rely on wireless every day—and commonly while using multiple different devices.

With new 1:1 programs, BYOD, and new innovations like the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless systems have become a lot more complex to design, deploy and support.

Today’s wireless systems require a different set of features than they did in the past. Regardless of how big or small your business is, what industry, or how you’re planning on using your WiFi, there are certain components that every wireless network must include to guarantee both high-speed performance and air-tight security.

Let’s get started.

1. High Capacity Load Balancingscale balancing different types of mobile devices

Wireless networks were originally planned for coverage only, but with all the smartphones, tablets, laptops etc. out there–today’s wireless networks must be planned for capacity.

With the increased demand on both your wireless and wired infrastructure, you must incorporate high capacity load balancing.

This means, when one access point is overloaded, the system will actively shift users from one access point to another depending on the capacity that is available.

2. Scalability

The growth in popularity of new wireless devices will only continue to increase. Your network needs to have the ability to start small if necessary, but expand in terms of coverage and capacity as needed–without having to overhaul or build an entirely new network. Trust me, if you don’t need it now, you will need it later.

3. Network Management System

Modern day wireless networks are much more complex and may consist of hundreds or even thousands of access points, switches, firewalls, managed power and various other components.

You need to have a smarter way of managing the entire network from a centralized point. Deploying a network management system gives you that ability and so much more.

4. Role Based Access Control

graphic showing how role based access control works users to roles to permissions

Role based access control (RBAC) allows you to assign roles based on who, what, where, when and how a user or device is trying to access your network.

Once the role of the device or end-user is defined, access control policies or rules can be enforced.

5. Indoor as well as Outdoor coverage options

Although you may feel you only need indoor WiFi at first, its possible that later you might need to add outdoor coverage as well.

For example, to parking lots, courtyards, etc. It’s important that your wireless system has the capability of adding outdoor coverage, even after the fact.

6. The Ability to Measure Performance

With user expectations increasing, it’s critical that you’re continuously measuring performance from the end-users perspective. This means having the ability to see your end-users in real time, what type of devices they are using, what types of applications they are using, and the status of the different networking components that may affect the use of those devices. You should also have the ability to run proactive testing to help avoid potential problems before they happen.

7. Network Access Control

Whether you refer to it as mobile device registration or network access control, it is essential to have a secure method for registering and securing the devices that you don’t own.

Primarily, NAC controls the role of the user and enforces policies. Network access control can allow your users to register themselves to the network–a helpful feature that enhances the user experience.

8. Ability to communicate with both 2.4 GHz devices and 5 GHz devices

Baby scanners, blue tooth, microwaves, and many of today’s common use devices can interfere with users on 2.4 GHz devices–simply put, it’s a “crowded spectrum”. Since many devices still operate in that spectrum, you’ll need dual radio access points that can manage users on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz at the same time.

9. Web Content/Application Filtering

More than ever before, network security must become application aware in order to alleviate threats.

You should have application filtering in place in order to protect users from content that might contain malicious threats as well as to prevent possible performance issues.

10. Mobile Device Managementgraphic of multiple devices being managed with mobile device management

Think about how many mobile devices will be accessing your wireless network; now think about the thousands of applications you’re going to have running on those mobile devices.

How do you plan on managing all of this, especially as devices come and go from your business.

Mobile device management can provide control of how you will manage access to applications and programs. You can even remotely wipe the device if it’s lost or stolen.

11. Application Prioritization

Application prioritization is exactly what it sounds like; it’s the ability to guarantee performance levels to applications that you have selected as mission-critical.

This means your business can ensure that the applications that are most important to your operations have exactly what they need to function at a high-level, even as other less critical applications are accessing the network at the same time.

Without application prioritization there is no way to control the balance between business applications and recreational applications, and no way to ensure that your mission-critical processes and systems maintain the performance they need–in other words, it would be chaos.


Windows 11 is the latest major release of Microsoft’s Windows NT operating system, released in October 2021. It is a free upgrade to its predecessor, Windows 10 (2015), available for any Windows 10 devices that meet the new Windows 11 system requirements. Windows 11. A version of the Windows NT operating system.


Where Are Wi-Fi Passwords Stored in Windows?

A Windows PC saves the passwords of all Wi-Fi networks it connects to. These include the active Wi-Fi network and any past networks. A couple of methods make it easy to retrieve the network passwords if you forget them.

The active Wi-Fi password is stored in the Wireless Network Properties in the Control Panel. You can access Wireless Network Properties located in the Control Panel in three ways:

  • From the Control Panel
  • From the Settings app.
  • From the Run Command box.

How Do I View Wi-Fi Passwords in Windows 11?

You can find Wi-Fi adapter settings in the Control Panel. The adapter stores the password for the active connection.

  1. Select Start.

  2. Type Control Panel and select the top result.

    Control Panel in the Windows Start menu
  3. Select Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.

    Network and Internet and Network and Sharing Center in Windows Control Panel

    For easier visibility and less confusion, change the view of the Control Panel applets from View by: Category to View by: Large icons.

  4. In the Network and Sharing Center, next to Connections, select your Wi-Fi network name.

    Connections: Wi-Fi highlighted in Windows Network and Sharing Center
  5. In Wi-Fi Status, select Wireless Properties.

    Wireless Properties in Windows Wi-Fi Connections
  6. In Wireless Network Properties, select the Security tab, then select the Show characters check box. Your Wi-Fi network password is displayed in the Network security key box.

    Security and Show characters in Windows Wireless Properties

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