How to achieve optimal wifi speeds in your office
In most offices today WIFI is an expected standard if not a necessity. Whilst traditional desk based computer systems almost always run via cabled Ethernet links, many other devices that are common in the workplace such as smart phones and tablets run on wireless connections. These wireless connections are not only more practical but are the only connection option on many mobile devices.
Despite the popularity of WIFI there are often many pitfalls that are found during installation. One of the most common is the reduced speeds that are often found when using WIFI.
Whilst many companies will simply put up with these lower speeds, they can actually be mitigated or even avoided altogether with simple planning.
Purchase the highest specification routers and access points
There are many different types of hardware that can be purchased in order to provide wireless coverage within an office – most modern Internet routers come with wireless capabilities built in but you can also purchase standalone wireless access points as well as enterprise wireless management systems.
All of these different types of wireless hardware also come with different specifications and will produce varying speeds once installed so it’s important to understand the different types.
The wireless standard used for WIFI Internet is IEEE 802.11 and the fastest version of that standard currently available is IEEE 802.11n which can perform up to 150MB/second which is faster than many wired connections in use today.
Access point Placement
Once you have purchased the correct hardware, the next most important consideration will be the placement of that hardware. Not only should the device be placed in a central location where it will be of equal distance from all intended access points but it should also be placed carefully to ensure there are no objects that may act as obstructions to the signal. The types of barriers you want to avoid placing a WIFI device behind include think perimeter walls, steelwork and also any other wireless devices.
In a large environment you may also consider installing multiple access points to cover a greater area and once again in very large environments where strong wireless signal is crucial managed wireless networks can be installed where a central management unit will act as a controller and disperse clients efficiently throughout the network of access points.
For more detailed information about how your office can optimize your network, please contact us.