Have you ever held up your phone in an attempt to get just one more signal bar? Wi-Fi is no different. There will be some places in your home that get a strong signal. And, other places that simply don’t get one at all. Perhaps there is a concrete wall getting in the way, or just too many walls in general. Or maybe your nanny cams, microwave, or other noisy appliances are interfering with your Wi-Fi signal strength.
The reality is, the wireless spectrum is a very busy place. Especially if you live in a city like San Diego. In fact, something as simple as being on the same channel as everyone else can have a negative impact on your performance. Wi-Fi can be quite fickle. To avoid issues like blind spots and interference. Setting your home network up properly is important. This article covers all you need to know about Wi-Fi best practices.
Proper Network Set Up
Proper network setup is an important aspect of wireless performance. Most of our mobile and entertainment devices rely solely on Wi-Fi for Internet. Take a look at your kids, your colleagues, and even your parents. Everyone is consuming content wirelessly!
It is imperative that a wireless network be transparent to its end users. In other words, the network just needs to work. Every network is unique. There is no one size fits all. Things like coverage area, client devices, and traffic all play a role in defining a home network that is right for you. With this in mind, we offer some insight on Wi-Fi best practices.
Wi-Fi Best Practices: Coverage Area
For great Wi-Fi, you need even coverage. Building construction materials can cause your home to work against your wireless network. Square footage, number of floors, and the materials used to build your home can have an impact a negative on your Wi-Fi signal strength. Obstacles that might block or deteriorate signal quality like metal studs, reflective glass, brick walls, all need to be considered.
From dead zones in the far corners of your home to overall poor signal strength… you might be in a situation where your existing Wi-Fi is struggling to keep up with the demands of your household. If this is the case, you may need multiple access points as a part of your home network design. Open floors typically need fewer access points per square foot than divided areas with many rooms. A general rule of thumb: you need one access point per 1,000-1,500 square feet (per 30 client devices).
Network Requirements: Client Devices
It’s important to how many devices will be connected at any given time. As a general rule of thumb, you should be using one access point per 30 devices. Client devices include things like computers, smart phones, media devices, and so on. Both coverage area and number of devices will have an impact on performance.
Connectivity for Every Environment
Araknis offers a line of enterprise-grade switches (unmanaged, managed, and managed with PoE). They offer the connectivity needed for even the most demanding environments. Developing a product is one thing.
Designed with you in mind, these wireless access points provide industry-leading speed, coverage, and reliability. Plus, Fast Roaming capability allows for optimum performance in any environment.
The Araknis 300-series routers include dual-Gigabit WANs that can be configured to load-balancing or link failover modes. And, extensive VPN support, as well as an embedded firewall for network security are included.
Support all your network needs with a full line of professional-grade switches. With full Gigabit throughput, PoE/PoE+, and cloud management through OvrC. You can even monitor and control your network from miles away.
With the touch of a button, you can fix small problems without needing to know system complexities. Through the app, you will be able to reset any OvrC-enabled devices. And, devices connected to individual WattBox outlets or Araknis PoE ports.
Through the OvrC Home app, your can manage Wi-Fi access and filter network content with the push of a button. With easy-to-setup user profiles, parents can schedule and restrict Wi-Fi access to anyone on the network.
Sometimes the smallest system issues can cause big problems. Remote assistance means we can now investigate and fix common problems without needing to meet you at home.