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outdoor wifi hotspot

We expect WiFi access everywhere these days, and not just indoors. You might want an outdoor WiFI access point to offer for customers to your café, garden centre or activity centre. If your business has a yard or outdoor area then you might need outdoor WiFi for your staff to connect to as they work. You can’t just take a normal WiFi router or extender and put it outdoors: you need a dedicated outdoor WiFI Hotspot.

Outdoor WiFi Hotspot

outdoor wifi hotspotOur outdoor WiFi hotspot is a system that allows you to offer an outdoor wireless connection to customers, clients or staff. The hardware is discreet and water-resistant. Because it is designed for outdoor use, you do not need to worry about expensive equipment being damaged through misuse. You can either create a new network or extend your existing indoor WiFi to cover your outdoor areas.

Outdoor Public WiFi

If you need a public outdoor WiFi solution then we can help to separate it from your business network. Our software management system means you can provide paid for WiFi access outdoors. Each connection can be throttled so that users all get a fair share of bandwidth and if your main connection is shared you can ensure you keep sufficient bandwidth to one side for essential business use.

Features and benefits

Why should you choose our outdoor WiFi system?

·         Ready to go – we can take care of the installation and setup for you

  • Water resistant hardware designed for use in outdoor WiFi
  • Small size for discreet installation

Digitalquill – Experts in Outdoor WiFi

Digitalquill are not just an RFID systems provider in Hull. We also offer IT support to Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and our data terminals are used by companies all over the world. For more information on outdoor WiFi, call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

 

 

ransomware

Many businesses now offer free WiFi to their customers. In fact, it is now an almost essential offering for many service companies. Customers expect to be able to connect to the internet in cafes, coffee shops and public waiting areas. If you offer WiFi to your customers, you must be aware of some potential risks. Don’t think it won’t happen to you: half of all UK businesses were subjected to attempted cyber attacks last year.

Free Wifi Security
Using free tools, we could identify every device on the network
Free Wifi Security
A hacker could easily exploit these open ports and steal your data – or worse

Free Wi-Fi: The Risk for Businesses

 

Keep your free  WiFi connection separated from your Point of Sale or payment processing systems. Otherwise, you are in breach of PCI-DSS rules, and your customers’ credit card data is at risk. If you share a connection with business systems, you could also find your customers hogging all of your bandwidth. If this happens, your main business internet connection will run slowly and impact the business.

 

We recently visited a major UK tourist attraction whose open free WiFi allowed us to scan all devices on the network. As an illustration, we scanned a printer, so we did not invade anyone’s privacy, but a hacker could have searched these devices for open ports or other vulnerabilities. They could even connect to your router and install malware. You did change the default router password to a secure alternative password when it was installed, didn’t you…?

Digitalquill – Experts in Cyber Security

If your business has, or wants to offer, your customers free WiFi, call us.

  • We can help you achieve PCI DSS compliance. This is essential if you take credit card payments.
  • We can supply, install, configure and support PCI-DSS compliant routers. We will keep business and customer networks separate, and ensure that a cap is in place to provide sufficient business bandwidth.
  • You may want to consider a backup internet connection. That way, if your fixed line internet goes down, you can continue to trade.
  • Digitalquill are security experts. We can conduct an audit of your business and identify where and how you are vulnerable to cyber attack or ransomware. We can supply the software, hardware and know-how to get your IT security policies up to scratch.

For more information call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

Free Wifi advice for business users - use a secure VPN

Free Wifi advice for business users - use a secure VPNWe know that business travellers need access to the internet when they are on the go. We all rely on Wi-Fi being available at service stations or airport lounges, cafés or on the train. While this is convenient, the risks of doing so can not be underestimated. Your internet traffic could be intercepted, or you could be tricked into accessing a fake hotspot with a name similar to the real thing. You may not know who is operating the Wi-Fi and other users could even be able to access your computer through an insecure shared connection.

Keep Your Data Safe From Snooping

There are two kinds of public Wi-Fi networks: secured and unsecured. An unsecured network operates without any security features, like passwords or logins. A secured network on the other hand requires a user to agree to terms, register an account or enter password before connecting. Both can suffer from the same risks, and you should not assume you are secure just because you paid for access or entered login details before using the network.

Dos and don’ts for using public Wi-Fi:

  • If you have the choice, connect to secured public networks in preference to unsecured (no padlock icon). If you are not able to find a secure network, proceed with caution.
  • Never access personal bank accounts, or sensitive personal data, over an unsecured public network. Even doing so on secured networks can be a bad idea: avoid accessing these accounts at all when on public WiFi.
  • Never leave your laptop, tablet, or phone unattended in a public place. Keep your screen covered or facing away from the general public to discourage ‘shoulder surfing’.
  • Don’t do your online shopping on public Wi-Fi. This could let an attacker see your name, address, bank account details, credit card number and login and password for the retailers. They could then login as you, change the address and empty your bank accounts.
  • Turn off automatic connection on your device: make sure you choose which network to connect to every time.
  • Keep an eye on your Bluetooth connectivity. Leaving it turned on in public places can pose a risk to your security as a hacker can look for open Bluetooth signals and possibly gain access to your devices.
  • You could use a proxy server (a server under your control that you connect to over the network) but these are not totally secure and do no support Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for applications such as online banking.
  • Use a virtual private network (VPN) solution. This keeps you anonymous over public WiFi. VPN services encrypt the data that you send and receive while using a public Wi-Fi hotspot and secure your information from other users.

Digitalquill Affordable Business VPN Solutions

Digitalquill can provide you with anything from a simple Encrypted VPN server which just encrypts and hides your internet activity from anyone else; right up to corporate VPN services which link remote workers back to their corporate network.

Our simple Encrypted VPN services start from as little as £10 per month and can be setup instantly upon request. They work with laptops, tablets and mobile phones. For more information call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402, email support@www.digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk for more information.

Hill Farm Newsletter Point to point Ultra Fast Internet connection installed

We posted some time ago about how we were working to provide Fibre Broadband access to a client who was not able to get a super fast internet connection for their business. We were able to beam them super fast fibre broadband from a property across the valley which has already made a huge difference to their businesses.

The client runs two businesses: The Model Centre selling model trains and other similar items and Hill Farm Cottages which are luxury self catering cottages in the North Yorkshire Moors, right next to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The Model Centre is both a shop on-site and also an e-business. A huge amount of their trade is done via their website. Managing and maintaining that website is critical for them. They can now easily upload images and videos to the site and access orders and emails from customers with ease.

Hill Farm cottages are now able to offer their guests an ultra fast internet connection, which is expected by customers and allows a connection with the outside world even when you are renting one of their cottages.

Point-to-point wireless networking

Rural Internet solution Point to Point across a valley

The job was quite complex – we used wireless point-to-point technology to deliver the internet across the valley and then on to each cottage and building on the site. The connection and network is then split into VLANs meaning that each section is on its own network. Their standard BT routers were not adequate for the task, and so Draytek routers were installed to provide a PCI DSS compliant firewall, which adds security to their system.

We were really pleased to receive their latest newsletter this week, in which they wrote about the new broadband install.

Hill Farm Newsletter Point to point Ultra Fast Internet connection installed

If you would like to have point to point internet installed so you can beam your broadband to locations that do not enjoy a fast speed but are within line of sight of one of your buildings that does, give us a call on 01482 424402 or email us at support@www.digitalquill.co.uk.

Redundant Internet Connection

Redundant Internet ConnectionWe are currently working with one of our IT support clients in Hull who have a fibre internet connection from Kingston Communications. Their business relies on this internet connection for everything from communication to stock control to order fulfilment. Without the internet, they have no business. They needed the peace of mind that if their internet were to fail they would still be able to continue operating their business – as downtime would cost them money and customer confidence.

How would you cope if your internet connection failed?

We have installed a redundant internet connection for their peace of mind. That is a second backup internet connection which will take over if the first one fails, providing a business continuity plan  in the event of an outage. The cost, at around £30 per month, is a fraction of what losing their internet connection would cost them. We have heard of businesses losing their connection when workers cut through a cable and it taking weeks for normal service to be resumed.

Even if you are outside of the Hull area in Lincolnshire of East Yorkshire and are able to choose between internet providers, it is not enough to simply sign up with two different ISPs: they all share the same cables so if one went down so would the other. We can help in this situation too with an over the air, 4G or point to point connection, just give us a call to discuss your needs.

In many cases it will be possible to use the second connection along with ‘load balancing’. This combines both of your connections for a faster download speed, and means that instead of paying for a backup internet line just for business continuity – and never using it, it forms a seamless part of your overall internet connection.

Digitalquill Backup Internet Connection

If your Hull or East Yorkshire business needs the peace of mind of a guaranteed internet connection, or you wish to arrange for a backup internet connection to be installed we can help. Call Digitalquill on 01482 424402, email office@www.digitalquill.co.uk or visit www.digitalquill.co.uk.

Point to point networking for connecting buildings wirelessly Point to point is a system that allows you to connect multiple buildings together on the same network, for example to share an internet connection – even if it is not possible to run cables between them. All you need is a clear line of sight between the two and you can connect them wirelessly together.

Point To Point Networking

Point to point is useful for remote locations and outbuildings, but can also be used within built up areas. One of our clients in Hull has two buildings no more than 5 metres apart – but they are separated by a public road which means that a cable could not be used to connect them together due to the need for permissions from the council and highways department.

As a result, they were running two internet connections – one into each building, and using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) over the internet to connect their network. While this did partially solve their problems, all of their internal network traffic was going out over the internet and back again – which caused a huge slow down. This is in addition to the extra costs of running two internet connections when they only required one.

Connecting Buildings Together on a Network – Wirelessly

We implemented a point to point system that connected the two buildings together wirelessly with an ultra-fast connection. It proved so effective that we went on to add more buildings, warehouses and storage shed to the same system. As a result they now have stock control PCs at other locations on their site, with no need to dig up roadways or invest in suspended cables.

Does your Hull business need to connect two buildings together on a network? Call Digitalquill today on 01482 424402 or email support@www.digitalquill.co.uk.