Your wireless connection is akin to a main freeway system. You rely on it to be there day in and day out, and often don’t think much about it, unless something goes wrong, like a roadblock that stops you in your tracks.
When your Wi-Fi goes down, it impacts everyone in your office and can put your productivity at a standstill.
Yet, as important as that network connection is, many companies just resign themselves the fact that their single office router is going to have issues from time to time. These can include things like:
- Traffic overload, slowing everyone down
- Signal interference
- Dead or weak zones where it’s hard to get a reliable signal
These issues are common when everyone in an office is connecting from a single access point. The problems with using one router are additionally compounded by the fact that offices are adding more smart devices to their network all the time.
127 new devices are connected to the internet every second.
To keep up with all those new devices and demands on business networks wireless equipment has evolved. Networks have gone from being supported by a single access point router to using multiple points of access.
Should you consider upgrading to a multi-access point wireless network? We’ll go through how they work and the benefits in speed and connectivity.
How Does a Mesh Network Work?
Multi-access point networks are also called mesh networks due to the web of signals they create throughout a building.
Mesh networks use multiple nodes, or units, that you place strategically throughout your office. Each one is typically the size of a soda can or small coffee thermos.
Each of these nodes acts as a “mini-router” that allows your users to connect to them. Thus, employees can connect to the nearest node, rather than everyone needing to connect to a single router that could be quite far from their desk.
These nodes not only communicate with your devices, they also communicate with each other. One of the nodes is connected to your modem, and it transmits the internet connection to all the other access points.
Benefits of Using Wi-Fi with Multiple Access Points
Small and large businesses alike can benefit from upgrading to a multi-access point network. Here’s why.
No Slowdowns Due to Overload
One problem that many offices see is that if too many users are using too much bandwidth at the same time, everyone’s connection slows down.
Using a mesh network, speeds up your internet connections because you have several nodes that are sharing the load and facilitating speed for each user. If one node begins to get overloaded, another picks up the slack and users can be routed to a free node to keep their connection speed consistent.
Easily Increase Coverage
Many wireless access point systems allow you an unlimited ability to add new nodes to increase the range of your wireless signal. Each node will typically have a range of 300 to 600 feet.
This type of system is much more flexible than a single router Wi-Fi and reduces the cost to expand your network as you grow.
Get Wi-Fi Outside
Would you like to give your team the ability to access the internet from an outside patio? What about extending a signal through a courtyard between two of your buildings?
A mesh network gives you much more control over where your wireless network reaches. You can take advantage of nodes designed to be used outdoors to send your signal wherever you wish.
Eliminate Barriers, Dead Zones & Weak Spots
A single router signal can have multiple failure points. If there are solid block walls or heavy furniture, it can block a signal or reduce its strength. If you have an office that’s far from your main router, it can be left out of coverage completely.
Using multi-access points eliminates all these issues because there is not just one signal, there are multiple signals coming from each node and going between them. This creates a web of Wi-Fi that goes around barriers and delivers a strong connection, even to the far corners of your office.
When you use a single router for your internet connection, you have a single point of failure. If that router goes offline, your office is down and your business at a standstill.
When you’re using multiple access points, if one of them goes down, the others will still be there filling the gap. This mitigates downtime and enables your team to stay connected while the down unit is addressed.
Keep Your Business Running Smoothly with Help from RCOR
Keeping your business running smoothly requires a robust and reliable wireless network. RCOR can help you build and maintain an infrastructure that gives you the support you need.
Contact us today to schedule a network consultation. Call 919-263-5570 or contact us online.