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Business WiFi Surveys: How to Ensure Optimal Coverage and Speed

In our interconnected world, a sudden loss of internet connectivity can quickly disrupt operations, leading to a flood of complaints from employees, users, or clients. Persistent drops and delays not only cause frustration but also impede workflow. Recognizing this, it’s crucial to conduct a Wi-Fi survey to pinpoint the root cause of such issues.

A wireless site survey is essential for preempting coverage problems. It involves a thorough examination of the existing network setup to identify any weaknesses and gather data for optimising coverage.

The basics of a Business WiFi survey

Think of a WiFi survey as similar to a comprehensive health assessment for your wireless network. It’s a meticulous procedure employing specialised tools and software to gauge aspects such as signal strength, coverage areas, interference sources, and data transfer rates. This thorough examination equips network administrators with invaluable insights, enabling them to identify any potential issues and devise tailored solutions to provide a consistent, fast, and reliable connectivity across the network.

 

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What is involved in a Business Wi-fi survey to achieve the best coverage and speed?

Planning

When it comes to optimising your WiFi network, our expert team is committed to ensuring every aspect of your connectivity needs is met. During our consultation process, we take a dive into the specifics of your environment, by asking about your space’s layout and any architectural features that might affect WiFi signals.

Furthermore, we’re eager to understand how your workplace uses its WiFi network. Whether it’s for critical video conferencing sessions, seamless file sharing among team members, or supporting numerous devices in a busy office. Armed with this knowledge, we’ll tailor solutions to create a reliable and efficient WiFi infrastructure that seamlessly supports your business operations.

Data collection

During the data collection phase, your WiFi expert meticulously analyses key metrics, critical for assessing your network’s performance. These include signal strength (which indicates the quality of the WiFi signal) coverage patterns (which reveal how well the signal spreads across your space) and potential sources of interference, such as neighbouring WiFi networks or physical obstructions. Then, they’ll be able to identify areas where the signal is weak or inconsistent. These areas, often referred to as ‘dead zones,’ pose a challenge for connectivity and may require targeted improvements to ensure seamless coverage throughout your space.To streamline this process, your WiFi expert will use advanced WiFi survey software to capture real-time data and generate visual representations of the WiFi environment.

Wifi Survey Analysis and implementation

 After completing the data collection phase, our expert conducts a thorough analysis of the acquired data. They carefully review heatmap visualisations and graphs illustrating signal strength, extracting valuable insights that reveal underlying patterns and trends in your WiFi environment. With this comprehensive understanding, they craft a customised strategy to optimise your network, which may involve refining access point placements, adjusting channel settings, or improving frequency bands.

Validation

Following the implementation of the recommended solution, your expert initiates a comprehensive post-deployment validation survey. During this phase, they diligently assess key performance metrics beyond signal strength, such as data transfer rates and network stability, to gauge the solution’s effectiveness. They’ll also actively seek out any lingering issues or challenges that may persist, such as inadequate signal coverage or instances of interference that were not fully resolved.

Final word

In the modern digital landscape, where connectivity is crucial for both productivity and communication, having a robust and optimized WiFi network is more important than ever. Whether you’re operating in a bustling office environment or managing a dynamic home setup, DW WiFi stands ready to ensure that every corner of your space is covered. Our goal is to unlock the full potential of your wireless network, enabling you to stay connected no matter where you are.

Author :David Woodall

David is the Owner and Director of DW Wi-Fi, specialist in successful Wi-Fi deployments into a range of environments. Working alongside software providers to help deploy Wi-Fi into their end user customer sites. Extensive years of experience with a range of Wi-Fi systems.

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