Building a strong network

Sakal Times
Monday, 15 April 2019

The present digital age looks to improve work processes since the Wi-Fi is turning better on a regular basis. The development of never-ending wireless internet connections has made business accessible throughout the world.

India is now adding close to 10 million daily active internet users every month, the highest rate of addition to the internet community anywhere in the world. A wireless network is the key component to connect and communicate with people, be it sending email from a mobile phone, applying for jobs, or even maintaining track of important documents online. The present digital age looks to improve work processes since the Wi-Fi is turning better on a regular basis. The development of never-ending wireless internet connections has made business accessible throughout the world. Because of that, the demand for Wi-Fi has risen exponentially overtime. According to a report by an agency, a double-digit growth for 2019 is projected and it is estimated that the number of internet users will reach 627 million by the end of this year.    

Whether it’s for personal use or even a small business, high-performance Wi-Fi is needed, but if you are someone who really needs to combat bad Wi-Fi, here are the top 5 tips by NETGEAR — a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers for better network

FIND AND ERADICATE WI-FI DEAD SPOTS
It’s likely that some locations in your home or office will have a weaker Wi-Fi signal than others, and possibly some areas may have no signal at all (a dead spot). A full Wi-Fi site-survey will reveal these problem spots or one can also use an analytics app to locate areas with poor signal strength or crowded Wi-Fi channels. You can use this data to place a Wi-Fi mesh extender to extend signals to all areas of your home or office.

PLACE YOUR ROUTER OPTIMALLY
The placement of your Wi-Fi router can dramatically affect the strength of the coverage in different areas of the business, so the location of your router and satellites needs careful consideration. Avoid corners and windows, which will mean a large percentage of the signal is absorbed or beamed out into open space. Also, avoid placement inside cupboards, especially metal cupboards, as this will seriously reduce signal strength. Instead aim for a central placement or ceiling location, so that the signal is not obstructed or wasted in areas where your workers are not located. You can even strategically place an Orbi Satellite to provide coverage to ensure a good signal.

CREATE MULTIPLE WI-FI NETWORKS
People usually need different levels of access, so separate your Wi-Fi networks into admin (owner), and employee and guest networks. Even better, create a guest portal to offer Wi-Fi internet, without allowing them access to the rest of your network. This also provides marketing opportunities, such as immediately re-directing customers to webpages with deals or offers.

ENSURE YOUR ROUTER IS SECURE
Regularly check and update your router’s firmware to ensure your device is protected against recent vulnerabilities that could threaten your network’s security. Also, ensure your Wi-Fi networks use the stronger WPA or WPA2 security protocols and avoid the more easily hackable WEP standard.

USE THE LATEST WI-FI TECHNOLOGIES
Congestion and interference can be a major problem if all of your employees connect to a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. This is especially the case if neighbouring businesses are also using 2.4GHz networks, which may be operating on channels that overlap with the one used by your router. Upgrading to 802.11ac or better Wi-Fi, and ensuring that features such as MU-MIMO and Beam forming are enabled on your router, will lead to faster speeds and less congestion. Another benefit is that if all your staff can use the 5GHz band, then you can dedicate the more widely compatible 2.4GHz network solely for customer Wi-Fi, helping to ensure an optimal experience.

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