How to get AMAZING WIFI! IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Have ever installed Wi-Fi in South Florida? In that case, you'd understand why it's such a pain in the rear to get complete coverage of your entire home or business, let alone the average consumer. Houses in South Florida are built tough, and by tough, we mean dense. To be able to withstand hurricane-force winds. Although radio frequencies could penetrate these materials, there is always a considerable loss each time you cross a barrier. Today's blog aims to help average consumers and professionals get better Wi-Fi coverage out of their existing wireless equipment.
In the following examples, we'll be using a one-story home.
Existing Read Out
Download a Wi-Fi analyzer tool for your iOS(iPhone) or Andriod Device(Example: Samsung Galaxy). Due to security and privacy concerns on apple devices, you're limited to their Airport Utility App from the app store. Envigo is a Ubiquiti Unifi installer, so we'll be biased for Unifi Wifiman App on Andriod. One extra step on the airport utility app is to turn on Wi-Fi scanning in settings>airport utility>toggle Wi-Fi scanning. Andriod users, you're all set out of the box.
Wi-Fi strength is measured in decibel milliwatts (dBm) a -30 dBm excellent and above -70 dBm is a weak signal. Consistent below -70 should allow for streaming. Wi-Fi signal being poor at night is a myth; the cause of this is usually more active devices around this time. To mimic this, let's go ahead and turn on some TVs and appliances around the home to get an accurate picture of what signal to expect when the airways are crowded. Visit all your rooms in your home and determine which rooms have the weakest take a screenshot of each room and label them.
Determining Placement and Channels
Did you discover some areas are weak or no signal? Would centralizing the router be practical? Placement is essential as this is where the Wi-Fi is broadcasted. Generally speaking, a higher centralized point should have the most extended reach. If moving your router is out of the question, it's time to add some access points. You can add these yourself or call Envigo to install these Wi-Fi access points professionally. We recommend using Ubiquiti's Unifi line of access points. We won't go into how to program these access points, but we will touch on a few settings that should be checked. With multiple access points, interference on the radio spectrum is a problem to avoid this; most access points have an auto feature that sometimes works well to determine the best channel for your wireless devices to communicate on. We recommend scouting the best channels and manually setting your access points to the right channels. Below, we'll post a diagram of how to select the right channels for our project home.
Superficially layout an access point with power and data in a centralized or high data traffic location. Take a reading using the apps we mentioned and determine the signal strength. Mark the area where the signal reached -70 dBm with omnidirectional access points(most in the market); you'll want to place the next access point at three-quarters of the distance you covered between the -70 dBm and superficially laid access point. Repeat these steps moving superficially laid access point to the new location as needed.
Wi-Fi is becoming more critical each day, especially during the pandemic. Our TVs now support 4k streams, which essentially eat up 4x the bandwidth amount compared to an HD stream. Great secure networks are an essential backbone of any home or business. Need help? Give us a call!
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