How Can You Enhance Coverage of WiFi Signals in a Warehouse?

WiFi installation for a warehouse is not as easy as it is for random households. The main reason for this is that the former requires broader and stronger coverage, whereas there are no such issues involved at home.

Designing WiFi For a Warehouse

There are a lot of issues that need to be addressed, filling in a large space, avoiding black spots, etc. Let’s see how you can effectively work to create the best possible working wireless WiFi.

Wide-open space

You may think that the ample space of a warehouse is a more than perfect environment for a wireless network to work in. High ceilings, along with long aisles, should let WiFi signals travel far off with less resistance.

However, two of the WiFi technologies, namely, 802.11n and 802.11ac, are supported on signals bouncing off the multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) technology to work. In a warehouse, no interior wall and APs fixed high up on ceilings, much less the option of “multi-path,” is left. Signal also reflects, making MIMO a bit less effective.

Moreover, the high-chaired access point needs extra transmission energy; however, there is a thin difference between excess and too little power. Too less can lead to the formation of dead spots, whereas too much can create interference amongst access points on the same channel.

Access Points Placement

So, is it better to go for the ceiling as access points for your warehouse WiFi? Up to you. If you choose not to, then there will be dead zones for many devices working in the warehouse that are out of the network’s reach.

Revamp Your Warehouse WiFi Coverage

Here are some changes you can make to enhance your WiFi coverage in the warehouse.

Hardware Addition

You can add range extender machines or external antennae to enhance your wireless network’s coverage. Moreover, you can attach a repeater that can throw signals to even the farthest corners of the warehouse.

Density

During AP installation, you must know about your warehouse size along with the quantity of people working in it. Consider this, 5 individuals working at a small warehouse can easily use a single access point of WiFi without any trouble. There will be ample bandwidth to work with.

However, in a large warehouse, say more than 10 people will need an increased number of APs so that stable WiFi coverage is there and used up by everyone.

Update the Router Firmware

These makers, more often than not, tweak their software. This makes the speed better and enhances the overall performance of their routers. There is a chance to upgrade your firmware via the router’s administrative panel. If not, then download the software.

Channel Change

it is the job of the wireless access points to broadcast or spread WiFi signals to a specific channel. In case your router shares the channel with more than a single WiFi device, there may be signal issues.

Adjust Racking

Mirrors, machine walls, as well as metal racks can help network signals not reach some parts of your warehouse. Therefore, clearing the area of hindrances can aid your router and access points in an easy signal flow.

Choose the Best Placement Possible

When you choose to plan out a WiFi network for your warehouse, choose where you’d want to fix your router. Prior to installation, map a layout to mark the best points to keep the router. It is better to install all the access points at a central position which lets wireless signals flow in every direction.

To Conclude

It is of prime importance to keep these pointers in mind for a fully functional WiFi service throughout your warehouse area. You should get in touch with Ranger’s WiFi for a detailed discussion of this. Contact us at (281) 638-8835.