A while ago I stayed in a small hotel that, had virtually all the problems of ‘small hotel wi-fi’ (including unresponsive one-device-per-room hotspot and lack of support outside of business hours. How many people stay at the hotel inside the business hours?). This is very typical of a WLAN installation made by a small local jack-of-all-trades shop. Unfortunately, I see this issue way too often, especially in SMB deployments. I hope this article will help some of the SMB integrators and their clients.
Everyone nowadays buys ‘super-fast’ 802.11n or 802.11ac APs, but not everyone manages to get super-fast connection with them. In this article we’ll discuss the not-so-obvious or often overlooked nuances that can substantially improve (or impair) the Wi-Fi connection. Everything below is applicable both to small home networks with off-the-shelf consumer-grade routers using stock and advanced (DD-WRT, etc) firmware, as well as to enterprise-grade gear and networks. Thus, to keep it simple, I will be using the home WLAN as an example, since even the most advanced admins and most proficient engineers still live in residential areas with high neighbour AP density, and everyone wants fast and reliable Wi-Fi. (more…)