Let's make sure you get the best WiFi signal strength in your establishment. Here are some of the key factors to consider, with recommendations for each.
1. Choose a good location
The performance of your Access Point (AP) is greatly affected by where you place it.
- Put it in a centrally located area, ideally on a wall mount on the ceiling or a high shelf. Radio waves travel down and laterally.
- Test the signal strength throughout your establishment. It may be necessary to relocate your AP by using a longer network cable.
Pro Tip: Think of placing your Access Point in the same way as installing a light bulb. APs give off Radio Frequency (RF) which WiFi is transmitted in, just like a light bulb gives off light. When you are under or next to an AP, you will get the strongest signal, just like being underneath a light bulb provides the brightest light.
2. Use the right amount of APs
- Each AP should cover about 2000 sq ft in any direction. If your space is larger, you may want to consider adding more for proper coverage.
- If you have multiple floors, you may need an AP for each level. To purchase additional APs, please contact support by clicking "Submit a Request" at the top of this article.
3. Minimize obstructions
- Range increases with fewer walls in the way.
- Avoid placing APs near devices that emit radio interference, like cordless phones and microwaves.
4. Have sufficient bandwidth
- We recommend having a minimum of 10 Mbps and upgrading as needed. A good rule of thumb is to have 1 AP and 30-50 Mbps per every 50 guests in store.