Top 3 tips for boosting your workplace Wi-Fi

In today’s workplace, we expect fast, easily connectable, secure Wi-Fi as a given. Gone are the days of your employees being chained to their desks for 5 hours to wait for one presentation to download…right? 

Well, not quite. No matter how hard you try, providing a perfect wireless experience for your employees and guests can still seem like an impossible task.

Whether it’s that troublesome part of your office where connections keep dropping, or there’s one meeting room that can only seem to manage half the speed of everywhere else, office Wi-Fi can be tricky to set up and maintain. And boy do we know that if it’s not right, your employees are the first to let you know.

Check out our 3 quick tips below for tweaking your office wireless networking so you can keep your employees happy, connected, and productive.


EVALUATE YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE

Let’s face it, assessing your wireless network’s capabilities based on user complaints isn’t the most objective method. Instead, you should evaluate the current network infrastructure to identify any hardware issues that may be resulting in poor wireless signals.

Some common scenarios that may be negatively impacting your Wi-Fi:

  • improperly placed access points
  • outdated wireless drivers
  • broadcasting of unsupported bandwidth rates such as 802.11b

Problems can also arise from interference from neighboring Wi-Fi networks and physical obstacles such as appliances, heavy machinery, and even filing cabinets. It might sound simple, but have a look where your router is housed and give it some clear space!

 

COMPARE YOUR NETWORK REQUIREMENTS TO YOUR CURRENT OFFERING

As with any IT solution, start with your needs first. It’s important to determine the number of users and the typical type of services that will be utilizing the wireless infrastructure, such as VoIP, video, plus the different types of data traffic. 

Quick questions to ask yourself:

  • How many employees do you have?
  • Are you undergoing a growth period?
  • How about a BYOD policy?
  • Do you currently have a segregated guest Wi-Fi network?
  • Do warehouse employees use tablets?
  • Will the sales and marketing department be sending large design and video files?

A great wireless network comes from finding a solution to your problems, so make sure you catch any future requirements as early as possible.

 

IDENTIFY THE RIGHT LAYOUT

As already briefly mentioned, the layout of the physical environment is super important for your Wi-Fi setup.  The type of wall construction (e.g. drywall, concrete), closed-off areas, and hallways are all obstacles for wireless signals. 

Did you know the difference between a brick wall and drywall is equivalent to a 50% reduction in signal strength?

And it’s not just large physical objects. Microwaves, cordless landlines, and Bluetooth devices can all cause interference with wireless signals too! Same goes for other common occurrences such as mirrors, water - and even big groups of people!

Bearing all that in mind, you should spend some time working out the best layout for your wireless infrastructure – allowing you to provide the best coverage with the least dead spots and maximum capacity handling.

 

So, try those little tips and get your employees feeling happier, more productive, and connected. Let’s just hope they don’t use the better performing Wi-Fi to watch cat videos on YouTube all day…

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Read the original article from IT Weapons here: https://www.itweapons.com/office-wifi/

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