Ways to improve Wireless Coverage and Capacity

Ways to improve Wireless Coverage and Capacity

Improving your wireless coverage and capacity is not and will never be in question, a no-brainer. It is just like not needing to question why one should have a cellphone in this time of age. Or why would one put jelly over peanut butter in a sandwich? Those kinds of questions, that doesn’t need any answering from anyone. That really goes to show how important Wi-Fis are, how much they cover in a certain place and their capacity to deliver a fast internet connection in today’s world that almost everything is integrated with technology.

A Managed IT Services Australia has laid out effective ways to improve wireless coverage and capacity for your wireless bandwidth. It has its downsides, but still a lot of upsides that will give you tons of benefits. Check them out below.

Adding Cell Sites

This is quite an expensive one but adding more cell sites will definitely amp up your wireless capacity. It may lead a company owner to add new real estate that is time-consuming and increasingly prohibitive, nevertheless it is still an effective way to increase the capacity of your wireless bandwidth.

Adding Carriers

Another effective way to add capacity for wireless bandwidth would be adding carriers (or more accurately, bandwidth). The LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard is particularly adept at utilizing increased bandwidth without increasing control channel overheads.

Improved Air Interface Capabilities

Evolving from Universal Mobile Telecommunications System or UMTS to High-Speed Downlink Packet Access or HSDPA will provide everyone well over four times the aggregate downlink capacity.

Smart Antennas

Smart antennas are antennas with smart signal processing algorithms that is used for identifying and calculating spatial signal signatures to track and locate antenna beams of mobiles. They provide the next substantial increase in throughput. They are adaptive antennas that can follow relatively slow-varying traffic patterns, having electrical tilt, beam width and azimuth control. Smart antennas are notably used for cellular system such as UMTS and LTE, to name a few.

Conduct a Wireless Site Survey

Conducting a wireless site survey to improve wireless capabilities is very underrated. Pre-deployment and post-deployment site surveys should always be performed by engineers. Pre-deployment site surveys can be predictive site polls, which will allow engineers to use floor plans to decide where access points should be deployed. There is also AP-on-a-stick site survey, a manual on-site process in which an engineer takes readings by placing the access point in different areas of the floor. Often forgotten are post-deployment site surveys which is the process of validating the predictive survey and the deployment.

Perform Spectrum Analysis

Not familiar? Well, spectrum analysis is, of course, analysis in terms of a spectrum of frequencies or related quantities to determine the properties of its source. Performing a spectrum analysis can determine if there are any sources of interference in either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz. Interference can either come from microwaves, wireless video cameras and any device that pretty much emit noise from operation. It’s also best to turn off 2.4 GHz radios nearby, because they use a high amount of noise.

Avoid co-channel Interference

Co-channel interference occurs when two or more access points provide coverage in the same area and are using the same channel. Wi-Fi is a half-duplex shared medium. When multiple access points are serving clients in the same channel, wireless communication is severely degraded. Each access point should aim to provide a planned cell size on non-overlapping channels. Having multiple access points provides optimal airtime for each client and it effectively takes away airtime each device can have.

For what its worth, everyone simply wants to have a better wireless connection. So if you’re a business owner, follow these tips and surely, you’ll be smiling and working smoothly in no time.

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