In the modern world, it is becoming nearly impossible to function without access to wireless internet. An important application of wireless technologies is security systems, which are effective monitoring solutions that do not require a cable to connect, giving the freedom to install them in any place of a commercial property. However, in order for these physical security platforms to function, it is imperative that the Wi-Fi connection has also outstanding performance.
The following are some of the best strategies that can be implemented to avoid obstructions and interference, augment speed, and optimize the security of a business.
1. Find the best location to boost speed and range of signal
- There should be clear space between the router and the security device that will be connected. If possible, there should not be any obstruction that could potentially block the signal: no walls, no ceilings, no cupboards.
- Choose a central location that can allow the router to send the Wi-Fi signal out in all directions and reach the entirety of the premises.
- Avoid windows as half of the signal would be directed outside.
- Don’t place the router on the floor since that will send the signal straight through the floor. This also applies if placed on the ceiling.
- Metal and electrical interference can weaken the Wi-Fi signal, therefore avoid positioning the router near electrical equipment such as monitors, TVs, and lamps.
2. Increase coverage by choosing the ideal channel
It is always a good idea to update your firmware and hardware. In addition, since interference is a troubling issue, choose the communication channel that is less congested, especially in densely populated areas, where businesses are surrounded by other buildings and each of them has their own Wi-Fi networks interfering with each other.
Although most routers will choose a passage by default, taking into account signal congestion will help you avoid using channels being utilized by neighboring wireless networks. This is a best practice that should be done once in a while as crowdedness can change over time.
3. Protect your Wi-Fi connection
Often, having a weak password or an open network can attract unwanted guests, reducing the speed and potency of the Wi-Fi connection. A good administrator interface may provide you with a traffic analyzer tool to identify the amount of data each device is using. In case an intruder is found, it can be easily removed or blocked.
4. The power of Wi-Fi extenders — or another router.
Using a second router as a repeater can help reach Wi-Fi dead spots in the premises. In a similar way, a Wi-Fi extender or booster also takes the original signal and repeats it to extend its coverage to previously unreachable parts of the building.
5. Be strategic about the bandwidth
As there is limited access to data per second, being strategic about what is consuming the bandwidth is vital. In that respect, consider the one factor that can drastically affect consumption: users. In order to control who can access your network make your Wi-Fi password strong and encrypt it to keep unauthorized users off your network.
Best practices need sometimes to be supplemented with more technical solutions to optimize the efficacy of commercial Wi-Fi and ensure a fast and reliable connection to the security systems of your business every day.