WiFi is one of the most prevalent internet connectivity options available today. Numerous business owners have it installed in their workspaces in order to ensure their employees are constantly connected and can get their work done without any interruption or hassle. But, as a business owner, are you aware of just how far your own WiFi signal actually reaches? It’s important to think about, especially if your office takes up a whole floor of a building, several floors, or one entire building for that matter.
You’ll want all of your employees to have access to your WiFi network. There is, however, a small chance that some of them might have trouble accessing the network from where they work, or might find themselves out of range in certain areas within your workspace. To avoid any complications regarding your office’s WiFi network, get the lowdown on what determines the strength and range of your connection.
The reach of your WIFi signal depends on the type of network you’re using. Lifewire notes how “a standard home network using one wireless router can serve a single-family dwelling, but often not much more.” If, however, you’re a business owner in need of a WiFi network that spans a greater area, then you do have other options. Lifewire mentions that “business networks with grids of access points can serve large office buildings and wireless hotspots spanning several square miles have been built in some cities.”
Of course, the exact reach of your WiFi network will determine that network’s building and maintenance costs, which is something to consider. There are also certain factors which will specifically determine your WiFi range, including aspects pertaining to your access point or router. Lifewire lists “the strength of your device transmitter” as one, as well as “the nature of physical obstructions and radio interference in the surrounding area.” The strength of your WiFi signal will definitely be lessened by any indoor obstructions, such as walls, floors and possible electrical interference from appliances.
There are ways of improving your WiFi signal. Sometimes all it takes is a simple update to your router, though your ability to get a successful upgrade depends entirely on your device model and its manufacturer. PCMag notes that “most current routers have the update process built right into the administration interface, so it’s just a matter of hitting a firmware upgrade button.” If your model is older, however, then the upgrade process might require a bit more admin, but it’s worth it if you want your WiFi to work at the optimal level.
There are various other means of ensuring the strength of your WiFi signal. Try to place your router out in the open and in a central location. If it’s hidden away in a cupboard or storage room it might compromise the strength of the signal. If you do choose to keep your router hidden then you will need to invest in WiFi boosters, which you can install in various places within your workspace, and which will help to improve your WiFi coverage.
You might consider using a mesh-based WiFi system, which involves uses numerous network devices in order to provide seamless coverage over a large area. According to the folks at MakeUseOf, “if you’ve got a large area to cover, or your existing wireless network has trouble penetrating thick walls and spanning multiple floors, you’ve got a good case for making the switch to mesh. If network signal is weak even when you’re close to the router, or you get frequent Wi-Fi dropouts where you cannot connect at all, mesh Wi-Fi will help.”
WiFi is both popular and dependable, and you’ll find your company benefits from it. Do, however, make sure your WiFi is easily accessible to everyone in your company, as you don’t want anyone to have difficulty getting their work done. Carefully consider where to place your router, and be sure to upgrade it when the need arises. Also consider investing in WiFi boosters or a mesh-based WiFi system, as these will increase the chances of better connectivity and a more cohesive work environment.