Connect from wherever to wherever with Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi or WLAN technologies are popular alternatives and supplements to wired networks. The mobility of wireless devices compared with the lightweight laptops, cell phones and other handhelds has provided an undisputable success for the Wi-Fi devices.

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So why bother with cables at all?

Performance.

Even with the latest improvement of the Wi-Fi bandwidth the performance is lagging behind that of its wired cousin, the fast Ethernet.

There are also shortcomings and restrictions the user may have to overcome. Any deviation from the optimal signal strength will trigger a substantial slowdown in the transmission speed.

Besides, Wi-Fi is highly distance sensitive. The performance will slow down significantly, not only as the distance from the laptop to the access point increases, but also obstacles in the line of sight can attenuate the strength of the signal.

However, with an optimal reception a wireless connection will provide a more than acceptable performance for most common purposes.

Reliability

Wi-Fi has a few more problems that may lower the performance. Not only can WLAN’s encounter interference problems from neighboring networks, but also microwave ovens, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, and other electronic devices generates RF waves that can degrade the signal.

A professional designer knows of all these problems and can help you to minimize them.

Security

A wireless signal travels through the air much like a light beam, and armed with a simple piece of equipment, anybody within ‘sight’ can intercept the signal. It is therefore critical that the WLAN traffic is secured with an appropriate level of encryption and that access to the configuration is guarded with strong password protection.

Let us help you make sure that nobody but you and those you invite can login.

Optimize the performance of your Wi-Fi network

  • 1. Identify the best position for the access points. Place the device in several promising locations and gauge the quality of the signal at the extremes of the range.
  • 2. Pick a central position while considering the majority of the wireless clients. If you have a blind-spot in the area you may need to invest in a repeater or an additional access point.
  • 3. Minimize the presence of physical obstructions whenever possible. Walls, cabinets, and furniture will weaken the signal to some degree along the "line of sight" between client and the access point.
  • 4. Try to eliminate reflective surfaces. A radio signal can be distorted in several different ways that will lower the quality of the signal.
  • 5. Prevent interference where possible. A lot of common appliances use the same frequency rate as the 802.11 protocols (2.4 and 5 GHz) and will generate interference is they are placed near the access point. If you need to configure two or more adjacent networks, choose channels that do not overlap, like 1, 5, 9, and 13.
  • 6. Adjusting the antennas of the access point can fine tune the performance, and in some cases a directional antenna can help overcome a problematic transmission range.

Wi-Fi can be an excellent solution to extend your network in situations where cables are out of the question.

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