Why Wireless Networks Fail

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Dueling Access Points

    Dueling Access Points

    Access points—such as those set up through auto-configuration settings—can interfere with each other. Make sure your network design positions these points correctly.

By 2017, there will be five connected devices for every Internet user, according to industry projections. This puts a lot of pressure on IT teams setting up WiFi networks that provide outstanding performance and uninterrupted availability. Rising to the challenge, however, doesn't always involve an expensive IT upgrade. In fact, WiFi network capabilities are often greatly influenced by non-tech considerations, such as building design. Fortunately, you don't need a degree in architecture to prevent major issues, as Randstad Technologies has come up with a list of top reasons why WiFi networks fail, along with best practices for avoiding these problems. The following slides were adapted from Randstad's list of potential problems and solutions. They range from conflicting access points to frequency overload to towering ceiling heights to obstructions as small as a leaf on a tree. When investigating a disruption, you may even discover that the office kitchen's microwave—or the nearby dishwasher or refrigerator—is the culprit.

This article was originally published on 2015-03-11
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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