Why is My Wireless Network So Unreliable? [Video]

Written by Danny Mareco Danny Mareco | January 27, 2017 | Read Time: 2 mins

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Do you ever worry about the lights not working when you go to school or to the office (assuming the bill has been paid)? Odds are, no you don't, and you shouldn't have to worry about the wireless working either. So why do I keep hearing people complain about Wi-Fi quality? In this week's episode, we explain 3 common reasons why your wireless network is so unreliable.

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What's going on, everybody? My name is Danny. Welcome to "The Wi-Fi Minute." Today's topic: "Why is my wireless network so unreliable?" Okay, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock and let's go.

Number one: "My network wasn't designed for capacity."

It's relatively easy to figure out coverage or how many APs you need in a given area to provide a certain amount of signal level. However, as wireless has advanced over the years, we now need to design for capacity, and this means having context, specifically how many devices there are in a given space, the types of devices being used, the specific capabilities of those devices, and finally, the applications being used on those devices.

Number two: "My network is more than three to four years old."

Wireless is alive. Your devices and applications change, their capabilities change, the software running on your wireless platform goes out-of-date, security threats adapt. Even your physical environment can change. With everything in a constant state of evolution, you can't expect your wireless network to last forever. Today, the effective lifespan of a large-scale wireless network is three to four years.

Number three: "My network doesn't have performance monitoring."

Again, your wireless platform is not a set-it-forget-it system. You remember this guy. You need real-time visibility and a network management system that can take all the data being generated to proactively manage the performance of your network. This allows you to make adjustments, prevent problems before they happen, and speed up troubleshooting.

So, these are just three of the many possible reasons why your wireless network is unreliable. To get it right, it takes a lot of experience and skill. At SecurEdge, we think of it as both an art and a science. Down in the description, I've included a link to our Wireless Network Design Kit, which will provide you with everything you need to know before you deploy a large-scale wireless network. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them down below. Thanks for watching and we'll see you next time.

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