The advantages of a wireless network do come with some additional considerations that are absent in a wired network configuration.
One of the most important factors that need to be addressed when setting up a wireless network is the range of the WiFi signal. The ability of the signal to reach and adequately serve your users is the reason that a WiFi network was constructed in the first place. If the signal is weak or non-existent in portions of your intended coverage area your WiFi network needs to be tweaked. One of the primary ways to address this problem is to boost the WiFi signal.
There are several reasons that you might want or need to extend the WiFi range that you currently are achieving.
When faced with the need to extend the range of your WiFi network there are a number of options from which to choose. Some are simple and do not involve the purchase of any additional equipment. In other cases, you may need to make a financial investment to provide the WiFi range that your users require.
Here are some methods that may extend the WiFi range and coverage of your network without spending a dime.
If you have exhausted the free methods of extending your WiFi range to no avail it might be time to consider purchasing some additional equipment in order to improve your WiFi coverage. There are a number of different ways you can do this. Here are three methods from which to choose.
Making use of a quality WiFi analyzer like NetSpot can help you tune your WiFi network and determine if the signal is strong enough for your intended coverage area. Let’s take a look at how to use this powerful tool both prior to installing your wireless network and using it to optimize it once it is in place.
You should conduct a site survey using the tool before you purchase any equipment for your WiFi network. The survey can alert you to potential problem areas in your projected coverage area and help you decide on the proper equipment to serve your needs. Plunging ahead with a WiFi implementation without a site survey sets you up for issues that impact your network.
You can also use NetSpot as a troubleshooting tool to address issues encountered by WiFi networks. The app enables you to determine factors like signal strength, overlapping channels, and Internet connection speed. It can pinpoint signal-to-noise ratio problems that may need to be resolved by reconfiguring your network or moving other equipment that is interfering with its performance. Periodic analysis of your WiFi network is an important component in its maintenance and optimization.