With the advancement of technology and innovation in modern society, we identify an ever growing need for WiFi and become reliant on this prominent technology.
While out on field, we have seen a recent trend in Wi-Fi networks sparking an interest into why businesses are making these common mistakes when installing Wi-FI for their employees.
More Access Points = Better Signal...?
There seems to be a common misinterpretation that adding the additional access points will provide faster speeds and will help mitigate issues that have arisen from your employees or boss.
Be wary when having purchased your additional Wireless Access Points from your vendor to fix them coverage holes around the office. Why you ask? because we want to turn our attention to the quality of the signal being sent, even though signal strength may be sufficient. Each wireless access point radiates differently with different types of patterns, gain and power output.
Channels, power levels, neighboring networks, interference and other key influences also need to be taken into account before throwing down the dollars, to produce a user friendly WiFi environment.
The best advice is always to seek professional services from specialists such as a Wireless Site Survey, design or consulting.
Interference can defiantly produce detrimental effects to the the current Wireless network. Slow throughput, consistent drop outs and roaming issues can all stem from interference issues.
By allowing a wireless specialist onsite, a spectrum analysis can be performed. This software essentially detects interference being displayed in both 2.4 - 5Ghz bands including Radar signals.
Incorrect placement develops all sort of issues with Wireless Networks. This key step is commonly missed and creates issues such as loss of signal, poor roaming ability and slow throughput capabilities.
For an existing wireless network, A wireless passive / active site site survey can help provide visual representation of coverage and quality of the signal, while determining further optimization needs. Be sure to consult with the client and gather feedback from any underlining issues and troubleshoot accordingly.
For new installations, there are many various steps and algorithm's which should be assessed to determine correct design structure for a new Wireless Network. These include expected clients count (including BYOD devices) , type of deployment (high density, Data, Voice or RTLS ) , type of client devices expected (barcode scanners, laptops or phones), budget and future considerations.
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