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Interference Sources on the Wi-Fi Network

There has been a broad adoption of wireless networks in enterprises with growth accelerated by the new 802.11ax standard. Wireless networks are no longer a “nice to have” addition to the enterprise space. With key business functions traversing the WLAN daily, users expect the network to keep up with all the speed, capacity, and capability that their traditional wired networks provided.

Wi-Fi networks operate on the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands (soon on the 6.0GHz band), which are unlicensed radio bands and thus can be used by other wireless technologies. Because of this, equipment using other wireless technologies may try to use the same frequencies at the same time as Wi-Fi devices. When this occurs, the additional signals appear as interference to Wi-Fi systems. Based on our survey, 35% of companies say that RF interference is their leading cause of customer complaints, while 60% don’t even know if their issues are due to RF interference or not.

Non-Wi-Fi interference leads to decreased throughput, poor voice quality, and dropped connections that force you to revisit the site multiple times trying to get it right, thus impacting credibility and future business. Understanding all the factors impacting a wireless LAN deployment requires:

• RF level visibility into all Wi-Fi bands
• Quick identification of what devices are interfering
• Clear information on which channels are effected

Identify and mitigate interferers right the first time and you can spend your time on the next issue rather than troubleshooting the last one. To learn more click download our free white paper “Interference Sources on the Wi-Fi Networks”