Overhaul Your Wi-Fi to Keep Your Smart Office OnlinePosted by
Laptops and tablets are incredibly powerful productivity tools for your smart office. However, they might cause you grief if they struggle to stay connected to your office wireless network.
A flaky Wi-Fi network can also cost you money if your devices are roaming back onto expensive mobile broadband rather than taking advantage of your office broadband connection.
Place it with care
The first step to improving your office Wi-Fi network is to ensure your Wi-Fi router is in a central location. Preferably, this would be up high and out in the open rather than locked away in a cupboard.
Try to keep the Wi-Fi router away from large, solid objects. These might block the signal. You’ll get the best results with a dual-band Wi-Fi network operating on both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands. The former offers faster speeds, but the latter reaches further and does a better job of punching through solid objects like walls.
While it’s possible to create separate networks on each band, some Wi-Fi routers let you run a single network across both bands. This way your devices can automatically jump between bands depending on which is offering the best signal.
Dip into the settings on your Wi-Fi router to scan for nearby Wi-Fi networks that might be using the same channel as your network. On the 2.4GHz band, switch between channels 1, 6 and 11 depending on which is the least busy. This is less of a problem on the 5GHz band as the channels are further apart.
Also consider interference that might be coming from within your office. Keep your Wi-Fi router away from other electrical gear, especially wireless equipment like cordless phone base stations. Even if they run on separate bands, they can still interfere with each other if they’re too close. The microwave oven in the kitchenette might also interfere with your 2.4GHz network.
Boost your signal
If you’re still struggling with coverage dead zones around the office, you might benefit from a Wi-Fi extender that links back to your Wi-Fi router.
Place it with care. There’s no point in placing the Wi-Fi extender in a black spot. Instead, you should place it halfway between the dead zone and your Wi-Fi router.
If interference or the layout of your office still presents a challenge, look for a Wi-Fi extender that connects back to your Wi-Fi router via an Ethernet cable, or via PowerLine AV adaptors that take advantage of your electrical wiring.
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