Signal reception may vary, depending on how far you are to routers and the presence of any physical barriers (e.g. wall material, water pipes). Other networks in adjoining offices or neighbours may also compete with yours. Signal interference coming from office equipment like microwaves can also disrupt connections.
To prevent signal disruption, do the following:
- Get the right router — Routers can either broadcast on 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequencies. WiFi connections on 2.4 GHz routers can go through walls and other obstructions, while connections on 5 GHz routers can slow down or be blocked easily.
- Set up strategic router points — This will depend on your office size. Small offices or small storefronts can work with 5 GHz routers, as you likely won’t have any obstructions. However, if you have a large office or store with several floors, then a 2.4 GHz router will work best. Avoid placing them next to walls or areas where there are multiple obstructions.
- Use more routers — It’s also possible to have more than one router, especially for large spaces with unusual layouts.
- Managed WiFi — Consider working with an ISP with a managed WiFi service. They can use specialised software to help you map out the right layout for maximum efficiency in internet use. They can also tell you how many routers you need, identify areas with high internet usage, and pinpoint any possible dead spots. They can then configure these access points, so every location in your office will have good coverage.