Wireless network utilisation has exploded with the increase in multiple devices per user, BYOD and guest provisioning.
And now, many wireless providers are erroneously deploying the perceived safe option of ‘flooding’ sites with wireless access points with the intention of offering maximum coverage and quality of connection.
However, what they’re finding is deploying too many access points is as bad as having too few, meaning that user devices are left battling to connect amidst an overly congested and conflicting air space.
Common issues include users regularly getting disconnected as they move around the site, and high signal interference which hinders connectivity and speed of downloads. This makes for a poor user experience, which is obviously bad for technology learning.
Our wireless specialist explains,
“Businesses are being hoodwinked into believing that more access points equal better coverage.
Often this isn’t the case, as access point coverage overlaps and it saturates the airspace. This means user devices struggle to identify which access point is the best to connect to, thus creating conflict that delivers poor service delivery to the end user.
Of course, the greater the number of access points deployed, the greater the cost and incentive for the supplier.”
And with wireless demand continuing to rise to more than three devices per user, connectivity is a big issue with businesses finding that aging wireless networks are simply unable to meet the demands of the numerous modern devices being used and high levels of data transfer.
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Our wireless specialists offer the following advice,
“Over deployment of access points is something we’re seeing a lot of, perhaps driven by a rapid fix approach to a growing need for secure, well managed wireless connectivity.
It is essential that businesses consider their current and future requirements from a user based perspective and that wireless surveys are conducted in parallel with a long term IT strategy.
Some technologies align themselves well to future wireless expansion whereas others quite simply do not. Lots of access points do not guarantee effective delivery of wireless services.”
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