When it comes to the technology infrastructure running an office, the Wi-Fi that connects everyone to the internet is one of the most vital parts. A poor internet connection can cause lag time that slows everyone down and causes frustration as people wait on pages to load or files to download.
For many years there was just one way to power an office wireless network, which was through a single router connected to an internet service provider modem. That one router had to send a signal throughout the office, and the farther you were away, the weaker your signal might be.
48% of office workers surveyed blamed poor internet connection for lost working hours.
Some of the issues that businesses see in areas of their office from using only one point of connection for their office Wi-Fi include:
- Weak signal strength
- Solid walls/objects interfering with Wi-Fi signal
- “Dead zones” where there is no connection
- Signal not going as far as they’d like
- Need to purchase another ISP plan just to extend reach
The productivity lost due to poor Wi-Fi connection and similar technical issues adds up to over two weeks per year per employee. Multiplied by just 5 employees, that’s more than 10 weeks of lost work, a significant hit for any company.
Luckily, there is a better answer for office internet that solves the problem with weak signals, blocked signals, dead zones, and more. These are often referred to as “mesh” Wi-Fi networks, which are simply wireless networks that include multiple access points instead of just one.
How Does a Network with Multiple Access Points Work?
The goal behind a multiple access point network is to deliver strong, fast internet throughout your entire office or property without having problems with areas blocked by solid walls or that are too far from the main wireless router to get a good connection.
Instead of having all your office computers and other internet connected devices relying on a single router, each can connect to an access point that is strategically placed nearby.
The access points communicate with each other as well as with the base router that is connected directly to your ISPs modem. They blanket your coverage area with a web, or mesh, of internet connectivity, so every area of your property has a strong signal, without any weak spots or dead zones.
Texas I.T. Pros works with one of the most reliable mesh network products available, Ubiquiti UniFi access points. Ubiquiti is the 4th largest Enterprise Wi-Fi provider and is known for industry-leading performance and throughput speeds up to 50% faster than their competition.
Benefits of Using Wi-Fi Access Points at Your Business
When your internet speed is fast, your office is as well. We rely on that connection for so much more than just a decade ago. Most companies rely on cloud solutions for at least some of their daily workflow and it’s important to be able to smoothly connect to those platforms throughout the day.
Wi-Fi access points offer multiple advantages to offices that improve their wireless network range, speed, and experience.
Provides a Strong Signal Throughout Your Property
With a single router, the farther away you are, the weaker the signal and slower the speed. Wi-Fi access points eliminate this problem because you can deploy them throughout your building. So, instead of connecting to a router that may be several offices away, a device can connect to an access point that’s close by and have a full-strength connection.
Extend Range Easily
Do you have areas of your building, like a courtyard, where it would be nice to have internet access, but you don’t want to pay for a whole new internet line from your ISP? Instead you can simply extend Wi-Fi range by adding more access points.
Each access point is provided by a small unit that can be mounted onto a wall or ceiling. The Unify system includes unlimited scalability, allowing you to extend your network as far as you like. The base units cover up to 400 feet and there are also long-range units available that extend coverage up to 600 feet each.
Supports Dual-Band Wi-Fi
If your office uses both 5GHz band (faster with shorter range) and 2.4 GHz band (longer range), the Unifi Wi-Fi access points can support that. They allow simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi to be used for connection of multiple device types.
Take Your Wi-Fi Outdoors
You can easily add on Wi-Fi access points that are designed for outdoor use to extend your wireless connection to more areas outside your office building.
Using a mesh-style network gives you full control over exactly where internet access is available anywhere on your property. This gives you the opportunity to expand usable working environments to new areas to give your employees more flexibility in how they work.
Transition to Wi-Fi Access Points at Your Office
A better, stronger wireless network is only a call away. Texas I.T. Pros can help you upgrade to a better network and deploy Wi-Fi access points throughout your office to give you a solid signal wherever you need one.
Contact us today to get started! Call 940-239-6500 or reach out online.