With the rapid adoption of broadband, IOT and Industry 4.0 Revolution technology and applications in most corporate and enterprises, fast Internet connectivity is paramount. The critical infrastructure in ensuring connectivity is good Wi-Fi network. The proliferation of devices has taken Wi-Fi performance to a new approach. What constitute a good Wi-Fi network?
Strong Wi-Fi footprint – Wide signal coverage required
Wi-Fi capacity – The number of concurrent users and concurrent connected devices
Internet speed – How fast is the upload and download speed can users achieve?
Tackling the above requires both professional Wi-Fi design services and reliable Wi-Fi solutions.
Strong Wi-Fi Footprint
No single Wi-Fi product can overcome barriers and obstacles across all building walls and structures. To achieve optimum Wi-Fi signal coverage with the maximum footprint, wireless engineers need to ensure the followings are taken into consideration:
Antenna Design – Sectorized, panel, omni antennas deliver different signal output
Antenna Gain – It is not the higher the better!
RF Propagation – How wireless signal travels and where you want the coverage to be?
RF Interference – How noisy is the environment? RF Interferences will cause deterioration of signal
Installation and placement of Access Points location also play a very important factor in ensuring good signal penetration.
Depending on types of application the Wi-Fi Access Points are designed, Wi-Fi capacity can be critically important in some of the high user traffic environment. For example, a lecture hall with 500 hundred students connecting to the Access Point downloading online lecture streaming simultaneously or a football stadium offering free Wi-Fi services to thousands of fans.
In this case, the most important element in designing workable Wi-Fi infrastructure must include understanding the Access Point con-current users’ maximum capacity and bandwidth required per user. Load-balancing routers and local caching servers are important as well to eliminate bandwidth chocking at ISP’s network.
Today Internet Services Providers are offering more competitive packages like bandwidth-on-demand to meet users who consume bandwidth-demanding applications such as gaming, video conferencing, high-quality video surveillance over Wi-Fi networks.
As such, Wi-Fi Access Point design requires more than just good signal but processing power to bring across high-speed Internet traffic. Today, we see the release of Wi-Fi 6 certification based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard. Wi-Fi 6 technology brings not just high-speed WiFi Access Points products but also embedded other upgrades which include:
Higher throughput (speed) Access Points
Improve capacity and increased con-current connected devices
Improved power efficiency
Knowing what applications and your business Internet requirements are important to search for the right kind of Wi-Fi solutions that enables good user experiences and uninterrupted Internet connectivity. Using the correct design of Wi-Fi infrastructure, one not only saves your IT investment cost but definitely increase organization productivity with the right use of Wi-Fi technology.