Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers are well known for advertising “long range wireless” or “with our system you’ll need the fewest number of access points” or “our access point can cover 10,000 sq. ft.” Or whatever the latest marketing lingo is to tell you that you’ll need less of their equipment than anyone else’s. To me, this is like the drug commercials on TV that advertise to help you with a problem, but the known side effect is that it may cause another problem that is much worse (even death!). Before you rush out to buy some wireless access points for your warehouse, it’s important to read the fine print, or this case, understand the side effects of the poor wireless design.
Outdoor wifi networks, while not new are becoming more and more in demand. I’m not here to scare anyone away from the importance or deployment of an outdoor wireless network, but it does take some different kind of thinking to be successful. Just throwing up some access points, antennas, turning on the signal and letting people connect doesn’t cut it. I mean, don’t get me wrong at it’s most simplest form this might be true, but in reality, is the tip of a very big iceberg.
These days just having wifi isn’t good enough, you have to have “good” and “reliable” wifi. It’s almost become universally expected to have top-notch wifi performance at all times, no matter where you are, no matter what the device. Half the battle is creating a robust network, the other half is continuously optimizing your network for the best possible performance. This can be easier said than done, especially in an increasingly mobile, app-centric world.
Last Friday the new iPhone 6 was released and like millions of lucky iPhone lovers I was able to get my hands on one. Apple packed so many amazing features into this latest iPhone and to me none more important than it’s 802.11ac compatibility.
A particularly hot topic we’re constantly talking about at SecurEdge is wifi performance. Everyone, even long time IT professionals have had to deal with wireless performance issues, the challenge comes in when you have to diagnose those problems. The simple fact, is that with the explosion of mobile devices our networks have become increasingly complex, not only in their design but in the devices and applications they are supposed to support. So, when it comes to designing your network for optimal performance or diagnosing current performance issues, it’s difficult to know where to begin.