Why Reliable Business-Class WiFi Connections Are Hard to Find
NEWS ANALYSIS: Many WiFi products are sold to businesses and even more consumer products are used by business, but true business-class WiFi is rarer than you think.You know how annoying it is when you arrive at a business that advertises WiFi for its customers or visitors, but when you try to connect, you can't, despite a strong signal. Or, perhaps even worse, you can connect, but the connection keeps failing. Just imagine what it's like when you work in that same company and there's nothing you can do to stay connected reliably to the network. There are, of course, many reasons why you're experiencing poor connection reliability, but the root of the problem usually boils down to two things, both of which are frequently present. They are poor selection of WiFi access points and poor network design. Of the two, network design is usually the most difficult to fix if only because most people don't have the background to understand microwave radio propagation within a building. And, yes, WiFi uses microwaves. In fact, WiFi operating at 2.4GHz operates in the same frequency range as the microwave oven that you used to heat your breakfast sandwich, just not with the same intensity.
Fortunately, the selection of the right WiFi access points (APs) will frequently do away with many of the network design problems you might face if only because the right hardware may be able to compensate. What's even better is that the right selection of access points can also do away with the capacity, dropped connection and reliability problems you're experiencing. What you need are business-class WiFi access points.