Wireless Network Tips | ACM Computers, Ventura, CA

Wireless Network Tips

Is your connection dropping?
Wireless networks are based on radio signals which can be, and frequently are, subject to interference. Most common interference sources for standard 802.11B/G are other wireless devices, such as 2.4 Ghz cordless phones, microwaves, fluorescent lighting, and nearby electric motors as found in central air units common to many homes. Neighbor's wireless may also interfere, especially if many of your neighbors have their wireless routers set to the same or default channel.

Get rid of conflicting devices
The most common problem with computer WiFi is that it shares the radio band with many other devices. Cordless phones are the most common interference source. If you have cordless phones operating on 2.4 GHz, replace them with phones that use a different frequency. 5.8GHz cordless phones offer excellent performance and cost about the same as 2.4 GHz phones.

Move your wireless access point
Homes built with metal beams or foil protected insulation tend to obstruct your radio signals between your computer and access point. Installing your access point higher up will usually improve your signal strength. Relocating your access point closer to the target computer will also improve the quality of connection.

If your wireless connection drops, even when your computer is close to the access point
If your wireless connection shows problems even with the access point close to the computer, it is likely that your router needs to be inspected for problems and possibly replaced with a new unit. Computer wireless uses two-way radios that can be burnt out by strong local signals, or even years of use.

Is your network just slow?
If your router is not configured properly and security is not enabled on your wireless router, your neighbors may end up using your internet connection. Tighten up your wireless security by implementing wireless stealth mode and enabling WEP/WPA password encryption.

Commonly used channels are channel 1, 6 and 11. We can perform a wireless survey to find out what channels are in use by your neighbors and avoid using the same channels, which minimizes confused signals and interference. This will enhance your connection quality and range.