WiFi Overcrowding Dos & Don'ts

WiFi etiquette can keep you on good terms with your neighbors and ensure your users have the best wireless signal possible.

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When designing and supporting WiFi networks in shared buildings or office parks, wireless overcrowding can become a major issue.

Since WiFi operates on unlicensed spectrum, your neighbor has just as much right to their WiFi as you do. That's why it's important to understand dos and don'ts that will help you operate your WiFi more effectively, while being a good neighbor at the same time.

Do: Perform a WiFi site survey
A WiFi site survey can not only help to eliminate any wireless dead spaces within your office walls, they also help to prevent leaks beyond your physical space. All too often you find that WiFi bleeds out into common areas, parking lots, and other tenants physical space. So for security reasons and simple common courtesy, make sure you limit the amount of wireless signal that gets projected beyond your physical office boundaries. This is where access point placement, antenna type, and power settings come into play.

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About the Author(s)

Andrew Froehlich, President, West Gate Networks

President, West Gate Networks

As a highly experienced network architect and trusted IT consultant with worldwide contacts, particularly in the United States and Southeast Asia, Andrew Froehlich has nearly two decades of experience and possesses multiple industry certifications in the field of enterprise networking. Froehlich has participated in the design and maintenance of networks for State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, Chicago-area schools and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is the founder and president of Loveland, Colo.-based West Gate Networks, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and data center build outs. The author of two Cisco certification study guides published by Sybex, he is a regular contributor to multiple enterprise IT related websites and trade journals with insights into rapidly changing developments in the IT industry.

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