Arranging Wireless Computers

Arranging Wireless Computers Greatest signal gain

There are some issues to consider when, positioning computers on a wireless home or business network.

Arranging wireless computersOne is the distance between wireless systems, the other is potential sources of interference with the wireless radio signals.

Proper antenna configuration is a critical factor in maximizing radio range. As a general guide, range increases (higher is better) in proportion to antenna height.

Interference will always be present, your signal has to fight through interference, reducing your throughput.

Jupiter Research reports 67% percent of all residential Wi-Fi problems are linked to interfering devices, such as cordless phones, baby monitors, and microwave ovens, bluetooth, wireless video cameras, outdoor microwave links, wireless game controllers etc.

Irrespective of any other measure used, the location and configuration of all antennas should be carefully calculated to maximize coverage where it is necessary and minimize the signal where it is not wanted. 

Move the wireless router or antenna to a different location – higher is always better when arranging wireless computers.

Wireless distances can be tricky

When arranging wireless computers, although there are usually ways to extend distance when using signal boosters and multiple wireless routers or access points.

Wi-Fi networking can work through most walls and other building structures, but the range is much better in open spaces.

  • The range of wireless adapters outdoors can be up to 1500 feet (457 meters)
  • Indoors at up to 300 feet (91 meters)

Ranges – Under ideal circumstances without interference

When arranging wireless computers. The indoor range is the most sensitive and really depends on the structural elements of your home.

Range of a wireless system is based more on the frequency, then the band that it operates in vs. the standard that it uses.

Which Will Have The Best Range

Although makers of 802.11a equipment might disagree, the 5GHz frequency that 802.11a wireless equipment operates in results in a shorter range than 802.11b or g,n  products when used in the typical residential environment.

802.11b and g,n-based equipment operates in the lower-frequency 2.4GHz frequency band, which suffers from less signal reduction when passing through the walls and ceilings of your home.

802.11b and 802.11n,g’s range advantages will tend to be neutralized if your wireless LAN is set up in an “open field” environment that has no obstructions between the Access Points and clients.

Interference with home wireless devices

Large amounts of metals in the walls can be a problem for example heating-air conditioning-metal lath, especially older homes.

Wireless networks broadcast on the same 2.4Ghz frequency as cordless phones and microwave ovens.

Arranging wireless computersThese devices are not supposed to interfere with each other, but occasionally they might, so try and keep your computers away from the devices

(ex: microwave ovens, cordless phones) this is especially true for base stations.

The 802.11a equipment, and especially the dual band A and G products, is appealing in cases where there is potential conflicts, specifically.

if you are heavily dependent on 2.4GHz cordless phones, and most of the cordless phones use this range.

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