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What factors should I consider when planning my wireless network? Before installing your wireless network, you should consider:

  • Using the same operating system on all the computers connected to your network.

  • Placing your wireless router or gateway at least 10 feet from cordless phones or microwaves to avoid potential interference.

  • Positioning your wireless router or gateway away from heat sources, moisture, excessive dust, or extreme cold.

  • Locating the wireless router or gateway as high and to the center of the network area as possible, especially if you have a large area to cover or thick/dense walls. The wireless router is generally able to go through two or three walls before it loses connectivity.

  • Positioning the devices connected to your network so the signals will go straight through a wall rather than at an angle. If the signal hits a wall at an angle, the signal appears much larger and decreases its strength.

  • Keeping the number of walls and ceilings between your router and the other devices on your network to a minimum.

  • Placing the wireless router or gateway near a window if you want to access the network outside.

  • Keeping the wireless router or gateway away from any large metal objects, because they may adversely impact signal quality and speed.

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