We have all had issues with WIFI at some point in our use of technology. From attempting to connect to a Wireless Printer or bring up video streaming service on our smart TV.
In a professional warehouse setting, having all your wireless business devices able to connect one to another is extremely important, in a warehouse environment dependent on connective to maintain accountability of materials or wireless temperature monitoring.
Resolving issues such as loss of connectivity or signal interference are crucial to business operations. There are three places issues typically come from. The Router, Antenna, and issues with the warehouse itself.
Let us talk about the router, or better referred to as the access point. The way wireless devices access computers and other wireless devices.
First, updating the firmware on both the wireless adapter in the computer and the access point can resolve some of the small problems that arise in the life of the device.
Second, setting the power levels on high does not always resolve poor coverage or network speeds. Considering the size of a warehouse you may not want something connecting to the far side of the warehouse when there is an access point closer to the device. Managing coverage and balancing power can be helpful.
Third, most WIFI networks are set to use the 2.4GHz radio spectrum that uses only three channels 1, 6 and 11. That way they do not interfere with each other. Having three different access point need to be on separate channels to avoid interference.
Fourth, understanding how many access points are needed is important. Having too many or too few can be just as detrimental to performance. Having the right number of the access point can be determined by using a wireless network design. There are companies that handle this for you and implement that design.
Understanding Antenna issues can be the simplest way to resolve some issues. Through the antenna, the WIFI signal is able to reach out and connect devices.
Consider the type of antenna whether directional antenna made for focusing the signal in one direction or Omni-directional antennas for coverage in all directions. Placement is the top concern. Omni-directional antennas are like a bubble of coverage you need to consider keeping connected devices within the bubble to get coverage.
With Directional Antenna you need to make sure that the antenna is pointing at the devices. Some access point has more than one antenna it’s important to make sure the antennas are aligned in a way not to overlap or have gaps in signal coverage.
Another consideration is the warehouse itself, with some warehouse equipment like Forklifts and stock pickers often have wireless devices and these devices are placed in the same metal cage as the operator and the signal has nowhere to go or able to reach the access point. Adding an antenna outside of metal cages will allow connective with access to the wireless signal. Also, the materials being stored within the warehouse can hinder the signal getting to and from the access point and devices.
Crucial business operations Issues can be resolved such as loss of connectivity or signal interference by considering the three places issues typically come from. The Router, Antenna, and with the warehouse itself. It’s important to consider wireless network design with the operation of your wireless network and be able to use that design to maintain connectivity and performance so your business can thrive.