Determining if your company needs to have multiple access points in place is a question that our St. Louis IT support staff answers all the time. We know customers hate when they are sold things that they do not need so we try and make recommendations, not pressure sales. If you don’t need multiple access points, our IT support will not recommend it for your company. In case you didn’t know, access points are devices which make it possible to connect to a wired network with wireless devices.
Obviously there are a lot of factors to keep in mind when determining if your company needs multiple access points, but we will give you some of the most popular reasons we recommend them.
- Do you have a large building? Often times a wireless signal coming from one point in larger buildings will be problematic. Tecvar’s IT support recommends a controller based solution in which SSID’s (service set identifier) on all access points are the same creating a uniform network across the entire building.
- Are there many employees trying to connect to the Wi-Fi? If this is the case you may need access points to help spread the load out. High user density on an access point could cause issues with latency and dropped connections.
Just as in any case, access points do have downfalls especially when not properly configured or used for the right reasons. Common mistakes made, when deciding to get multiple access points or in configuring them are listed below.
- Access points are positioned too close together or with too strong of signals causing conflicts
- A controller based environment is not being used
- The same channel is used on overlapping connections causing conflict
- Non-enterprise access points are used in an office setting
Have more questions about how a multiple access point setup could benefit your business? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 866-TECVAR1.