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Can a mesh system fix wifi problems in the office?


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Can a mesh system fix wifi problems in the office?

At Chorus, we work hard to ensure our fibre network delivers congestion free, fast broadband for Kiwis. The reality though is that the actual speed and performance of the broadband service you get is dependent on a whole range of factors including your wifi or in-office network.

Business premises that are particularly vulnerable to wifi issues are ones that are spacious, are made with materials such as concrete, bricks or metal or have a complicated layout. But don’t worry if you fall into this category, a wifi mesh technology is available to boost your problamatic office wifi coverage and improve your chances of seamless internet regardless of where you are in your workplace.

What is a office mesh wireless network and how does it work?

Mesh systems usually consist of one device that is designated as the main router that connects directly to your router. From there, nodes (also referred to as satellite modules) are placed throughout your space to pass on your wifi signal. (Note, generally each node will require an electrical outlet to power it).

For most businesses one, or two mesh nodes should do the trick for most properties. However, you do have the option of buying more of them depending on your needs. In a nutshell, the nodes farthest from the router deliver a strong office-wide wifi signal as they are talking to other nodes and not relying on one-on-one connectivity with your router.

How to choose the right mesh system for office building

As you start your research you will find that wireless range extenders are cheaper but as with many instances in life - you get what you pay for, and you will likely get a better result with a mesh system. Coverage is going to vary from brand-to-brand so do your homework and don’t be afraid to rely on sales representatives for advice.

Things like flooring, certain electrical appliances, machinery, walls, cement and more can affect your wifi. Depending on the size of your space, you can start small with one or two nodes and go from there. Some of the more common systems are Google Nest, Netgear Orbi and TP Link Deco which cost anywhere from $380 to $1000 depending on the number of nodes you get initially.

How does set-up work for a mesh wifi system for your office?

Most systems will require you to download an app before you start the installation process and to register with it. Once you have done that, the app should offer you a step-by-step process to get your mesh router up and running so just follow the instructions. The base unit will need to be connected to the fibre ONT or your existing router using an ethernet cable. The satellites do not need to be physically connected to the base unit and can be positioned around the property as required. Be mindful where you place them, as they should be out in the open and not hidden away inside a cupboard or cabinet.

As a general guide, set your second node roughly halfway between the router and your dead zone. Try your best to keep each node under 10 metres from each other and place them off of the floor and next to an outlet. Most mesh system’s app will have the capability to do a signal test. If the signal is too weak - chances are, you have placed them too far apart. Move them closer and then give the test another go to see if that improves things.

Make sure to connect all your devices to the new wifi network once you’ve got the mesh system up and running. It’s important to make sure any old wifi networks are disabled to prevent them from causing interference 

What are the benefits of a mesh system for your business?

  • You only have to buy what you need

Mesh systems are flexible in the sense that you can quickly and easily change the size of your network of nodes depending on your needs.

  • Low maintenance

Once you’ve set it up, you can forget about it.

  • Easy to install

Setting up mesh is really straight forward, most of the setup is usually done through an app by following simple instructions.

  • Faster broadband

Wifi mesh vastly improves your wifi signal, which leads to better speed. This means your whole business can enjoy high-performance broadband.

When do you need to call in a professional for your mesh wifi system for your office?

While buying and setting up a wifi mesh system is great for small commercial properties, you may need to seek the help of a professional if your business premise is particularly large or complex, such as an industrial complex or warehouse, large office building, etc. The right mesh network allows places such as warehouses to interconnect workers better, run applications, allow for video streaming, CCTV, and telemetry for equipment. The experts can assess your unique needs and then calculate a set-up and cost estimate which saves time, money and frustration.

No matter whether you are big or small, investing in the right network will enhance your Internet connectivity, making your business more efficient and your staff happier.

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