Network Infrastructure

A reliable network infrastructure is critical for the implementation of a BYOD solution. The network infrastructure has to cover both wired and wireless, and needs to be both manageable and reliable.
Your wireless network is going to be the primary connection method for your BYOD solution, and is clearly a key component. One of the major considerations for a BYOD solution must be that it must support ‘All’ or at least ‘Virtually All’ device types, and this has to be a key consideration when selecting a both a wireless vendor, and the solution, consider the following:

  • Wireless Frequency; 2.4Ghz v’s 5Ghz or Dual Radios.
  • Standards; 802.11 A, B, G, AN, GN, AC.
  • Backward Compatibility; can it support AC and A and AN simultaneously, and treat each device at its native connection speed.
  • Channel Width; the greater the channel width the more available bandwidth, does it support clients connecting that cant connect at the higher channel width.
  • Device Density; How many concurrent devices will each AP support.
  • Network Access Control; Does the wireless solution either provide a method to control access, or integrate with a third party solution which does.
We also need to consider the different network requirements of different device groups, and therefore need to be able to design and build a network infrastructure to support those needs. This needs to extend into the wired network infrastructure, as we need to consider controlling access to both the internet and to local services usually connected via an existing wired network. To achieve this we need to consider the following technologies:

  • VLANs; this can be used to separate traffic running across the same network infrastructure.
  • Layer 3 Routing; Required to route traffic between the VLANs.
  • Access Control Lists or Internal Firewall Rules; Required to Limit Access between the VLANs.
This diagram demonstrates a typical topology diagram for a simple BYOD Solution. Please click to expand the image.
Typical BYOD Setup

BYOD Solution elements:

  • Network Infrastructure; that supports the connection of both corporate and personal devices.
  • Control & Visibility; to define a policy of what devices can connect and by who, to enforce the policy, and enable reporting on the connected devices.
  • Security; to ensure that connected devices can only access the resources they should be able to access, both internally and externally.
  • Productivity; to provide solutions than enable the BYOD devices to be used for a constructive means.
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