Too Many Devices

Access points seem to provide data to an endless stream of connected devices, and though this is somewhat true, bandwidth limitations have always been an issue in the wireless industry. Here’s a quick breakdown of how wireless technology works and how to limit connections, bandwidth, etc.

How Bandwidth Overload Degrades Network Strength

The frequency of a wireless signal can easily get congested if too many people in a given geographic area access it. While each frequency itself can handle a large volume of information, the bottleneck in speed occurs on the device level.

A wireless channel is a range of frequency on which a device transmits. Wireless channels can become congested depending on the number of devices accessing it. While each can handle a large volume of data, channels are a shared transmission medium. Not all devices transmit at peak data rates due to variances in received signal strength and signal to noise ratios. The frequency of a wireless signal can get easily congested if too many people in a given geographic area access it. While each frequency in the open air itself can handle a large volume of information, the bottleneck in speed occurs on the device level.

Those old enough to remember when everyone had 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz phones (or anyone living near a radio station) is familiar with signal interference. It’s important to note that access point interference is a different problem than channel congestion. Interference lowers your signal to noise ratio, and in turn, lowers data rates. Channel congestion occurs when there are too many devices operating on the same channel and the majority of air time becomes occupied by beacon and broadcast frames.

Boosting and Monitoring Wireless Connections

Enterprise network solutions from companies like Cisco allow for all network traffic to be monitored, but DIY businesses on a budget can opt to install a consumer-grade network to gather data themselves.

The ability to gather the data is only one part of the puzzle-– having a trained staff and processes to monitor, collect and analyze both the data and the network can be costly. However, businesses of all sizes find the greatest success in outsourcing these types of network solutions to third-party vendors.

Monitoring networks  and big data analysis is used to keep networks healthy. It allows businesses to be able to continue serving customers’ needs and deliver satisfaction. Don’t be afraid to utilize the resources available to your business.

If you have questions regarding network hardware and software solutions, contact our wireless network and access point experts for more information.