It seems only logical that the best place to put the wireless networking access point (WAP) is in the direct center of your office– and this is mostly true. A physics PhD student explained a mathematical equation that determines the best WiFi router location in any structure, and it’s generally in the direct center with workarounds to fix low-coverage areas.
Here is a breakdown of factors that determine how to provide fast and secure WiFi throughout your workplace:
Obstacles to Great WiFi
Heart-Shaped Box: The easiest way to limit WiFi is with building materials that refract electromagnetic waves (think concrete). WiFi can’t project well through certain materials, which often forms the walls, floor and ceiling of office spaces.
In an ideal scenario, the office space is open, with the ability to place the router in the direct center of a circular or square shape and ample protection in all directions. The omnidirectional beams from the WAP or router will broadcast in every direction and the signal degrades with distance.
Most offices have different shapes and sizes. A personalized professional assessment is best to configure the ideal coverage to ensure customers are satisfied, workers are efficient and hackers are deterred.
Size Matters: Larger offices (including apartment complexes, hotels, warehouses, and many retail spaces and call centers) will require one or more range extenders to provide coverage full coverage. Dual-band WAP’s distributed through the physical office space will ensure strong coverage in every nook and cranny of business property.
Dueling Bands: Some devices can only broadcast or receive one wireless band. A great way to distinguish and secure certain physical areas of a workspace is to create different networks on different bands. For example, customers would connect to a 2.4GhZ, keeping employees on 900MhZ. This adds an extra layer of security and systems integration into your WiFi configuration.
Taking Heavy Loads: (Internet Service Providers) ISPs limit bandwidth by speed and data usage, and most business or enterprise plans include unlimited data volume at financial-tiered speeds. If too many people access the wireless network at once, it can get overloaded. Make sure you’re paying for enough bandwidth to support your network’s usage.
WiFi Router Tips and Tricks
Sometimes better WiFi coverage can be achieved by thinking outside-the-box. Extra-range and directional antennas change the WiFi capabilities beyond rotating the factory-installed antennas. Coax cable can be used if resources are particularly tight.
Firmware updates will generally help any electronic device– especially during this age of freemium pricing models dominating the tech sector.
Though WiFi seems like common sense, sometimes a business can overlook obvious solutions. Providing fast and secure WiFi throughout the workplace increases productivity and ROI. Be sure to buy the best you for your business