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Wi-Fi Challenges for Large Homes

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Most of us would love to have a large home. It would be a dream come true for
many, just think about it: seven bedrooms, a kitchen you want to live in and
countless lounge suites. But no one ever thinks about the challenges of living in
such luxury, especially when it comes to the Internet. With so many rooms, it is hard
to tell which rooms to cover and if you have a big family, perhaps you want the
whole house connected as that would be ideal but this does come with its
obstacles.

Large houses have big areas of space that gives the signal a hard time, especially
with the number of gadgets that each user may have in their possession. If a
house has a family of 7, for example, and each member has a mobile phone, a
tablet and a laptop, that makes it 21 gadgets that all want to be connected at the
same time.

More Challenges

Thick Walls
Most large homes that were built before the 20 th century have thick walls as they were built to last. These usually have separate rooms as opposed to the modern open space design of today. Heavy brick or concrete walls can considerably reduce the WIFI signal strength. Concrete and steel walls are particularly difficult for a signal to pass through. These structures will weaken or at times completely prevent wireless signals. Better signal strength implies higher Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) at the receiver, and thus less errors (more number of successful transmissions) and higher data rate.

Square Metres

The more space you have to cover, the more signal strength you will require. A
the single router will simply not be enough thus a survey may go a long way to
ensure that every square inch is covered if that is your desire. The farther away
from the router you are, the worse your signal strength will be due to free path
loss, absorption and attenuation

Poor Placement

Sometimes it is all about where you place the router/s in the house that can
make a huge difference when it comes to getting full coverage. You may have a placement that does not go the distance and thus gives you breaks in signal
during critical times. The Wi-Fi coverage and signal propagation will benefit
from being as close to the main areas of use as possible. Path loss from the
the distance the signal travels will be minimised and in addition to this the signal will need to travel through fewer obstacles

The good news is all of this can be solved with a few basic steps:

Get a Survey Done

Since a large home may have many bloodspots that you may not be able to
identify, it is best to let a professional survey your area to ensure that any
obstacles or issues are addressed. The survey will assess the building materials that could cause havoc on the signal and determine which solutions would give the best performance.

Identify Access Points
Access Points are a step up from a simple router and can ensure that your whole house is covered and that your connections is always ready to respond at a click of a button, no matter where you are in the building.

Install and Test

Once your IT professional has recommended a course of action, allow them to
install and then get it tested before final approval. This will make sure that any
potential problems can be identified and resolved.
A big space comes with a big demand and with the right steps these needs can be met to give you and your family the best connection, in the comfort of your large home

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