Do you know when (and why) your Wi-Fi network is having problems? When a software application isn't working, everyone at your company feels the pain. Whether it's an important leadership meeting, connected equipment, or mission-critical devices, your Wi-Fi network is more than just a convenience—it's essential.
When the wireless network is down, everyone's productivity suffers. Complaints start to pile up, and your team's morale plummets. If your Wi-Fi is down, you can't fix it fast enough.
What events can negatively impact your Wi-Fi network performance?
If you are experiencing problems with your wireless network, it is important to identify the root cause of the problem. Once you know the cause, you can take steps to fix it. Here are some factors that can impact wireless network performance:
Interference from other wireless networks: This is one of the most common causes of wireless performance problems. If there are other wireless networks operating in the same area, they can interfere with each other's signals. This can cause slow speeds, dropped connections, and other problems.
Physical obstructions: Walls, furniture, and other objects can block wireless signals. This can reduce the range of your wireless network and cause dead spots in your coverage area.
Signal attenuation: The signal strength of a wireless network can decrease over distance. This means that the further away you are from your wireless router, the slower your speeds will be.
Network congestion: If too many devices are connected to your wireless network at the same time, it can cause congestion. This can lead to slow speeds and dropped connections.
Updates to Wi-Fi standards: Wi-Fi standards change to adapt to changing demands, the current Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E will soon be surpassed by Wi-Fi 7 and if a network and its devices aren’t up to date it could lead to issues in network performance
Removing the barriers to determining the Wi-Fi issue(s)
Gone are the days of static network solutions, today’s networks are dynamic with change coming at a rapid pace. With so many variables at play it is often a challenge to figure out what the source of the issue is, and the reality is it might not even be a Wi-Fi network issue. Some challenges in identifying a network issue include:
There is a one-time or ongoing issue that can’t be replicated
Data was not captured during the issue or event so the true impact is not clear
Internal IT teams don’t have the expertise to truly understand the cause of the issue
How to prevent and manage Wi-Fi connectivity issues
Rather than waiting for a Wi-Fi Network issue to happen, visibility, monitoring and proactive testing can help keep your company connected. If you don’t have them already, putting systems and tools in place can help you quickly tackle any Wi-Fi network issues that arise. Some things to consider include:
Simulated wireless traffic stress-testing to detect Wi-Fi problems
Full visibility of Wi-Fi performance
24 x7 full-stack monitoring for environmental changes, immediate root cause identification, and data trends
Do you want to learn more?
Contact us to speak to a Wi-Fi networking expert at Technium or to sign up for a 30-day free trial of Technium’s Wi-Fi Assurance.