For many years there was just one way to power a building’s 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 building, and the farther you were away, the weaker your signal might be. A poor internet connection causes lag time which slows everyone down and causes frustration as people wait on pages to load or files to download.
48% of workers surveyed blamed poor internet connection for lost working hours.
Some of the issues that facilities see in areas of their office from using only one point of connection for their building’s 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 WiFi 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.
Wireless access points are better for buildings because of their broad transmission range, high users access, and stronger signal sending and receiving capabilities.
Wireless APs also have a better safety performance, which is essential for any business.
Facilities which have WAP devices installed have experienced the the following benefits.
- Strong signal coverage throughout the building (inside/outside)
- Easily extend the range of the Wi-Fi router
- Increase the number of potential users
- Large transmission range
- Useful for extending the wireless range of an existing network
- Flexible installation