While considering how you can improve your business’ Wi-Fi coverage, it is easy to think that acquiring new equipment will solve all your wireless issues. To some extent, it’s true a new Wi-Fi extender or mesh router will offer better coverage in a large business premises. However, the very first question you should ask yourself is whether you are really getting all the performance from your current router.
In most cases, the best way to get rid of dead spots for better connectivity is not adding new equipment. Rather change the position of the router you already have. The wireless router is a wireless access point with a basic network router that uses radio waves to give you and your clients a connection. Brushing up on radio signal basics will help you eliminate some of the most common causes of poor coverage and bad signal.
Below is an essential guide for finding the best spot for the router and getting the widest coverage possible. Eliminating possible interference sources and finding an optimal position for the device will surely help bring the best performance out of your new or old Wi-Fi router.
Find a Central Location
A radio signal broadcasts like ripples in water with your router right in the middle and its coverage radiating outward. If you have placed the router in a far corner of your business premises, you are cutting down on available usable Wi-Fi by up to a massive half. Furthermore, the signal tends to get stronger the closer you get to the router. So, consider reducing the distance between your router and connecting devices.
A centrally placed router is one way of reducing the amount of coverage area wasted as well as distance between it and connecting devices. You should also consider what areas of your business you want to get Wi-Fi coverage. Include them as you determine the central location. Furthermore, using tools such as a router traffic monitor will help reduce signal interference.
Placing it in a Higher Position
It is deceptively two-dimensional visualizing a Wi-Fi signal radiating outward like ripples on a pond. In reality, router signals not only radiate out horizontally, but vertically as well.
Placing the router at a higher position allows more signal to cover areas where your Wi-Fi is actually needed with fewer objects obstructing the signal. If you are not sure how to do this, place your router on high shelves, mount it high on a central wall, or even on the ceiling.
If your business covers multiple stories, consider how you will get the different floors covered adequately. For instance, in a two-story building, the best position is close to your first floor’s ceiling or near the floor on the second for better coverage both down and upstairs.
Some of the materials likely to reduce your Wi-Fi coverage capability are concrete, glass and wood. Additionally, metal should be avoided as much as possible. Whether it is a steel desk or a wire-shelving unit in the corner, huge metal objects reflect and absorb your signal – creating dead zones in the process. A Wi-Fi router placed right next to a metal body in your office can create a dead zone that extends a whole section of your workplace.
Plus, placing your router next to a fish tank will negatively affect wireless performance. Instead, keep the router a few feet from large water bodies.
Just as any IT professional will tell you, the tips above are just the tip of the iceberg. Your router comes with additional features that would help make your network perform even better, including Quality of Service (QoS) for prioritizing network traffic.