Your employees need reliable, strong Wi-Fi. Listed below are four of the most common things that could be affecting your business’ Wi-Fi connectivity.
1. Building Materials
The type of material that your building is built with can have an impact on your wireless communication range and speed. Materials such as concrete, metal and even mirrors have the largest interference level. Wood, plaster and glass are found to have a lower interference levels.
If you think your wireless connection is being affected by your building materials, try moving the wireless device to a different spot. Wi-Fi signal strength can change drastically by moving the device by even a few feet. Alternately, Wi-Fi extenders can increase your wireless connection as well.
At SupportMyMac, we use the software Ekahau Wi-Fi Site Survey & Planner to see where potential access points could be, and where interferences are occurring.
2. Physical Structures
Things like thick walls, trees or even a fish tank can affect the Wi-Fi in your workspace. Based on your building type, things like insulation material, water pipes and air ducts can also have an impact on your wireless signal. It is important to consider where physical structures are located when you are deciding where to install the wireless device in your office space.
3. Your Business Neighbours
Is your business space close to another organization’s office, whether right next door or sharing a building? A neighbouring office’s Wi-Fi can interfere with your workspace wireless.
If there is more than one network using the same wireless channel, there will be competition for the bandwidth. Technical data doesn’t help you choose the right channel, but rather it is based on the surrounding networks in your workspace. This is thought to be one of the biggest sources of Wi-Fi interference.
4. Other Wireless Appliances
Common household wireless devices can also have an impact on your Wi-Fi due to frequency interference.
- Microwave: The closer the router is to the microwave, the higher level of network interference there will be. The older the router is the more this holds true.
- Cordless Phones: If the cordless phone operates in the 2.4 GHz spectrum, Wi-Fi interference could take place during call times.
- Power Sources: Try not to position your Wi-Fi router near the breaker box or near power lines in the wall.
- Other Wireless Devices: This can include things like wireless speakers, baby monitors and garage door openers.
Is your business Wi-Fi causing you drama? We’d love to help with #DramaFreeIT!