Every company needs quick load times and complete coverage within their wireless networks.
Nowadays, an average employee uses up to 3.5 devices for work. This number is projected to grow in the future.
So, what happens when our networks aren’t receiving such optimal coverage? How about when they are unable to maintain the capacity of wireless connectors?
For your employees to thrive, you need to have a reliable wireless network. Fortunately, it’s easy.
Read on to learn 5 simple steps you can take to improve your wireless infrastructure.
1. Conduct Spectrum Analysis
Certain items within or nearby your building can cause an interference in wireless frequencies. A microwave in the break room or a wireless video camera may intrude on your wireless infrastructure.
To eliminate this risk, hire an engineer to conduct a spectrum analysis. They will pinpoint objects and other obstructions that can disrupt 2.4 and 5 GHz networks.
They will likely use a spectrum analyzer to size the office area, as well as directional antennas. These tools will help accurately locate the interference.
2. Plot for Access Points
Depending on the nature of your business, higher accessibility may be more necessary in certain areas than others.
That’s why you should communicate with your installer about what devices will be used. Also, you should discuss the frequency of their use.
The engineer can then recommend where and how many access points should be deployed. If you aren’t receiving the coverage you need, it may be a sign of low access points.
3. Avoid Overlapping Channels
Conversely, you don’t want to deploy too many access points as it causes a decline of performance by slowing your network down.
When 2 or more channels overlap in the same area, co-channel interference occurs. Co-channel interference causes users to experience much slower load times.
When installing, ensure the points are deployed appropriately to cover their allotted area.
4. Pre- and Post- Site Surveys
Before and after the installation, your area site needs to be analyzed. This survey will determine any performance risk or error.
Unlike the spectrum analysis, a post-site survey oversees the overall capability. If there is an error with coverage, access points, or capacity, it would be found here.
A pre-site survey needs to be conducted so analysts can identify any potential issues with installation. It also assists with determining the access points for deployment.
5. Avoid 2.4 GHz (If Appropriate)
Too many 2.4 GHz radios can lead to too much noise within the network. If you experience too much congestion, we recommend shutting down your 2.4 GHz.
However, depending on the devices you use, shutting off the 2.4 GHz may not be the best solution. If they’ve been primarily operating on 2.4 GHz, it would have little effect on other radios.
You should inquire with your service provider if you suspect there is an overlap in your network. They will help you determine if it’s appropriate to shut down radios.
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