How to Find and Optimize Wireless Access Points
Today's companies rely on fast, reliable Wi-Fi to function successfully, ensure employee efficiency, and satisfy the expectations of customers and guests. No company wants to hinder employee productivity or have their wireless system fail during a sales call. Poor Wi-Fi can lead to frustrated end users, damaged brand perception, and a negatively impacted bottom line.
If your company is dealing with weak or spotty Wi-Fi, then locating, mapping, and determining a plan to optimize the placement of your wireless access points (WAPs or APs) could be the solution you need.
The Important Points
WAPs make it possible for wireless devices to connect to a wired network and are an essential part of any Wi-FI system. LightBound’s service enables you to do the following:
- Ensure that all WAPs are properly installed
- Create an inventory or map of WAPs
- Discover unaccounted for WAPs or rogue (unauthorized) WAPs
- Update or install a new wireless system
- Optimize your wireless system: be able to evaluate the current network design to determine if changes to the number of WAPs or location of WAPs needs to be made
How to Locate Wireless Access Points
In order to optimize your wireless system, you must first have an accurate inventory of all WAP locations. Ideally, your company would have an accurate and up-to-date diagram, map, or list of WAPs across your building. Unfortunately, this is often not the case.
If you don't have map of WAPs, you can also search for them physically by looking around your building or site. However, this method can be inaccurate and time-consuming, especially if you have a large area to cover. Wireless APs can be tricky to find, hiding anywhere from the end of a hallway to the corner of a ceiling, and you might accidentally skip over an access point or be unable to locate one entirely.
Unless your company is small and has all its access points lined up in one spot, you’ll likely need a more accurate and efficient method. This is why you should seek an enterprise-level solution. An enterprise-level company like LightBound uses specialized heatmap technology to help companies locate and map their wireless APs accurately and efficiently.
Optimizing Wireless Access Points
What about optimizing access points once you've found them? Successful optimization requires not only knowing your current WAP inventory and layout, but being able to analyze it in-depth, find weak points, and design the best solutions moving forward, which can quickly become complicated. Troubleshooting could end up making things worse and isn't a good plan for the long haul.
Wireless solutions aren’t a matter to be taken lightly. In fact, proper WAP optimization requires specialized technology and knowledge, which is another reason why it's best to seek out a trusted enterprise-level solution. A company like LightBound has the technology and expertise necessary to find and optimize WAPs, in addition to the knowledge and skills to create the best solution for your company.
LightBound's Discovery Heatmap Solution
A homegrown approach to finding and optimizing WAPs can't come close in quality to the enterprise-level solutions available from experts. At the end of the day, your wireless system can make or break your company, meaning strong Wi-Fi is non-negotiable. That's why it's best to trust something as important as your Wi-Fi to proven enterprise-level solutions.
LightBound is equipped with the specialized knowledge, skills, and technology to efficiently and accurately locate and map WAPs in your company's building. From there, LightBound can help your company accurately determine the best design for optimized WAP placement.