5 things you need to know before you move to 802.11ac WiFi

Deploying the latest Gigabit speed 802.11ac WiFi to an ever increasing number of devices and demanding users, isn't as simple as you might think. There are a number of pitfalls.

Here are 5 things you need to consider before you start.

  1. 802.11ac only operates in the 5Ghz frequency range. This is a higher frequency than mobile phones and 2.4Ghz 802.11n which means it is more susceptible to walls, windows and people reducing the signal strength and quality. So it's essential to plan appropriately.
  2. To get 1.3Gb throughput you need an 80Mhz channel and 3 antennas on the access points and your device.  Generally laptops have 3 antennas, tablets 2 antennas and smartphone 1 antenna:  more antennas provides more bandwidth.
  3. There are only 5 available 80Mhz Channels in the UK, so channel planning with most wireless solutions is essential.  Be aware that 4 of these channels operate in the same frequency as weather, military and commercial radar, and using these channels can lead to users being dumped off your network unexpectedly.
  4. You can’t plan away co-channel interference as your environment is continually changing, so you need to look at a more innovative solution to this age-old WiFi problem.
  5. Ensure your coverage is at –55dbm if you want your users to always get the maximum 802.11ac experience.

WiFi is now the primary method of connectivity for most devices, so it critical you get this right.

We have the technical know-how to ensure your users have an incredible wireless experience.  Contact us to find out more.

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