How To Improve Warehouse WiFi Coverage

Whether you have a single or multi-site supply chain, there’s no denying that warehouses are a hive of activity, and a hub for manufacturing and logistics – and they’re getting busier and busier.

Hardware and software in the warehouse are both on a steep incline, but incorporating new technology into your network can compromise its performance. Often warehouses are having to attempt a balancing act between supporting these additional devices and applications, and minimising black-out spots, drop-offs and shrinking coverage.

As warehouse WiFi experts, we know how to achieve 100% coverage in these unique and challenging environments where machines, racking, picking devices and even the building itself can compromise your connectivity. This blog discusses some tips you can use to boost your warehouse WiFi coverage.

So how can you improve your warehouse WiFi coverage?

Change the channel
Wireless access points broadcast WiFi signals on a specific channel. If your router shares a channel with multiple WiFi devices, you may experience signal issues. Use a less crowded channel to extend your WiFi signal range.

Add hardware
Range extenders and external antennae can increase your wireless network coverage. In addition, you can install a repeater to send the signal to the farthest corners of your warehouse.

Adjust racking and other obstacles
Mirrors, walls, machines and metal racks can prevent network signals from reaching some parts for your warehouse. Clear the area surrounding your router and access points to ease signal flow.

Update your router firmware
Router manufacturers often tweak their software to enhance the speed and performance of their routers. You can upgrade your firmware through your router’s administrative panel or download the software on the manufacturer’s website.

Achieve optimal placement
When designing your WiFi network, decide where you want to place your router. Draw a layout of your warehouse and mark the best spots to keep the router. You would want to install access points in a central position that allows wireless signals to flow in all directions.

Consider density
When installing APs, you have to think about the size of your warehouse as well as the number of people working in it. Five people in a small warehouse can use one access point without any problem, as there will be enough bandwidth to go around. In a large warehouse, you’ll have to increase the number of APs in order to enjoy stable enterprise WiFi coverage.

Redway Networks specialise in warehouse WiFi solutions to ensure maximum connectivity and efficiency for your operation. Contact us on 01908 046400 to discuss our range of solutions.

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