Radio signals of which Wi-Fi operates on may seem like simple things, though are very complex due to the effects of so many environmental impacts (be that human-made or nature), radio waves also behave in very different ways depending on their frequency.
Here is a couple of tips:
- Do not run your WAPs at full power (that goes for any brand). Run them at 50% to 75%. Running at full potential is like screaming into a microphone, you distort the signal plus it makes everything work harder. We usually find a single WAP running at lower power levels often performs better. Going for distance with a higher power level is not the best idea.
- In the Peplink WAPs we also adjust the allowable signal limits, most people are not aware that the worst performing device connected to your WAP can drag down the entire WAP.
- Get a professionally done Wi-Fi Survey/assessment of the location.
When you are using external antennas on any of the WAP, there is a large amount involved in correctly choosing an antenna system that will deliver the most suitable outcomes for your applications.
Most wireless (be that cellular/mobile or Wi-Fi) antenna system for MIMO work best with an out of phase antenna array (+/- 45 Degrees of the vertical), meaning you can have a very tightly packed antenna with exceptional performance. The cabling system needs to be 50 Ohm impedance (not 75 Ohm as used for Terrestrial TV & most MATV systems). The quality of the cable system can make just as significant impact as a quality antenna; we run over 50-meter cable runs for some of our clients and get excellent results as we supply a professionally designed fit for purpose solutions.
We suggest that you contact your local Authorised Peplink Partner for specialised assistance.
Your local Certified Peplink Partner can help you with a copy of the Antenna Selection Guide for Peplink Partners, this is a detailed guide and is only available to the Peplink Partners so to ensure that you get help in working through it to get the most suitable antenna solution to your application.
Remember that the majority of these systems are MIMO (Multi-In, Multi-Out), so you must ensure you use antennas and cabling that are suitable for the application.
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