At Storm Internet, we understand that in the fast-paced world of business, staying ahead of the curve is essential. That’s why we are excited to introduce our webinar series, carefully curated to address the specific needs and challenges of our commercial customers. These webinars are designed to provide you with invaluable insights and expertise on topics that matter most in today’s digital landscape. Join us as we delve into a world of technology, innovation, and solutions that can help your business thrive.
In our first online webinar, we discussed the basics of Wi-Fi technology, Wi-Fi standards, and some key considerations for improving your connections. In this blog, we will delve deeper into these topics and provide valuable insights to help you enhance your Wi-Fi experience.
Wi-Fi, based on the IEEE 802.11 standard, has evolved over the years to provide faster and more reliable wireless connections. Here are some of the Wi-Fi standards you should be aware of:
- Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n): Operates on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.
- Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac): Utilizes the 5GHz frequency band for improved performance.
- Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax): Operates on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, offering higher efficiency.
- Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax): Like Wi-Fi 6 but includes the 6GHz band for even better performance.
- Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be): Operates on 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz bands, promising enhanced capabilities.
Understanding these standards can help you choose the right equipment and optimize your network for better performance.
YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary):
Courtesy of tomsguide.com
When it comes to Wi-Fi performance, various factors can influence the actual speed and coverage you experience. The distance from your router or access point plays a significant role. Here is an example of expected speeds at different distances for Wi-Fi 7 and Wi-Fi 6E:
|TP- Link Deco BE85 (Wi-Fi 7)
|TP – Link Deco XE75 (Wi-Fi 6E)
|522. 1 Mbps
These numbers illustrate the importance of proximity to your Wi-Fi equipment for optimal performance.
New TLA’s (Three Letter Acronyms):
Here are some important TLA’s that you should be familiar with in the world of Wi-Fi technology:
- MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output): MIMO improves Wi-Fi by allowing multiple antennas to send and receive data simultaneously. MU MIMO (Multi-User MIMO) extends this to serve multiple devices at once.
- MLO (MultiLink Operation): A feature in Wi-Fi 7 that aggregates data transfer across multiple frequency bands, optimizing network performance.
- TDD (Time Division Duplex): TDD divides spectrum into time slots for flexible data transmission, useful when data needs vary.
- Beamforming: A signal processing technique in 802.11ac that focuses signals on receiving devices, reducing interference, and enhancing data quality and speed.
Stay informed about upcoming Wi-Fi technologies that can further enhance your connectivity:
- 802.11az: Fine Timing Measurement for precise positioning.
- 802.11bd: Enables vehicle-to-vehicle communication and smart vehicle applications.
- 802.11ah: Offers low-power, longer-range capabilities.
- 802.11ad: Provides high throughput at 60GHz but with limited range.
- 802.11ay: Next gen 60GHz Wi-Fi with improved range and reliability.
These advancements may impact on your business operations in the future, so keep an eye on them.
Securing your Wi-Fi network is paramount. Here are some fundamental security measures you can make:
- Change the SSID (Service Set Identifier) from the default name.
- Set a strong network password.
- Utilize a Guest Network for non-priority devices.
- Change the Admin Password for your router.
- Implement access control lists by MAC address for added security.
Consider advanced security protocols like WEP, WPA, and WPA2 (AES). Depending on your needs, you may also want to explore the use of a VPN for added protection.
Manage your network more effectively by implementing parental controls. Restrict access by user or device, set time limits, and filter age-appropriate content. This ensures a safer online environment for everyone.
Wi-Fi Is A Shared Resource:
Understand the demands of your Wi-Fi network. Consider the number of devices connecting, the type of traffic they generate, and potential sources of interference. Ensure your internet connection supports your router’s capabilities.
About Speed Tests:
Conducting speed tests accurately is vital. Connect directly to your modem/router using an Ethernet cable and use a reliable speed-testing app. Consider your specific bandwidth requirements for various applications and devices.
Incorporating smart technologies into your workspace can boost efficiency and savings. Think about building management systems, security, HVAC, and the importance of a robust internet connection to support these features.
How Storm Can Help Improve Your Wi-Fi Connection:
Storm Internet offers professional Wi-Fi surveys to assess the current state of your wireless network. We will identify dead zones, interference sources, and coverage gaps, providing valuable insights to optimize your Wi-Fi setup.
Provision and Configuration:
Our experts can provision and configure your routers and access points to ensure they are running at their best performance. This includes setting up security protocols and optimizing settings for your specific needs.
Access Point Design:
Storm’s team can help design the ideal layout for your access points, ensuring even coverage throughout your business space. This thoughtful placement can eliminate signal weak spots and provide a seamless Wi-Fi experience for your employees and customers.
If you are looking to enhance your Wi-Fi connectivity reach out to us at info@Storm.ca. Our team is ready to assist you in achieving a faster, more dependable, and secure wireless network for your business.
In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, optimizing your Wi-Fi network is a continuous journey. By staying informed about standards, security measures, and emerging technologies, you can ensure that your business stays connected, efficient, and secure. Remember, a well-managed Wi-Fi network is the backbone of a successful modern business.