Reaching Everywhere with Google WiFi
Google has brought the world better and faster ways to expand their reach of knowledge in the world, from powerful search tools, file archiving, email, and that hidden Breakout game in their image search feature.
One of their hardware offerings has helped people expand the reach of their home networks without a ton of complicated machinery. Google WiFi mesh networks helps users create their own expanded networks within their home or small business environment. WiFi has a long range, but it can be affected by all sorts of factors such as:
- Distance: the further the distance, the weaker the signal on the other side will be.
- Interference: Every electronic device puts out electromagnetic waves. The more devices in an area, the greater the interference which can weaken signal strength.
- Building materials: More buildings are being made with metal frames to protect against harsh weather conditions. Metal can also block signals, but consider other sources of metal. Like a kitchen with a microwave or a stainless steel refrigerator.
The problem is just where to put the devices. Rather than just scatter them randomly about and hoping for the best, we can use tools like NetSpot to show the strength of our network at each location, and use that information to best place our devices.