[LINK] Christmas Wi-Fi warning
ivan at itrundle.com
Thu Dec 7 10:19:48 AEDT 2006
Just as I thought. Though I'm sure that for every Christmas
decoration that reduces Wi-Fi - there must be one that enhances it.
I'm off to experiment right away...
Holiday Decorations Can Create Major Wi-Fi Disturbances
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec 05, 2006 — AirMagnet Inc. announced the
results of a recently conducted survey measuring wireless signal
strength in a standard office setting both before and after
introducing a change in the office environment — holiday decorations.
While decorations are relatively commonplace at this time of year and
might seem innocuous, as with any change introduced to a wireless
environment, it's difficult to predict how new elements might affect
wireless performance - but proper planning can help reduce the
negative effect on wireless networks.
AirMagnet's survey showed the decorations had a significant impact on
the Wi-Fi network, with:
Signal strength decreased by 25 percent
Signal deterioration increased over distance by one-third
Signal distribution uneven in some locations, deteriorating signal
strength by an additional 10 percent
"When new elements are introduced into an enterprise environment they
have the potential to seriously affect the performance of the Wi-Fi
network, by deflecting, absorbing or otherwise interfering with the
wireless signal. During the holidays, it could be the decorations in
an office, at other times it could just as easily be a new microwave
oven or a metal shelving unit," said Chia-Chee Kuan, CTO and vice
president of engineering for AirMagnet.
Signal deterioration leaves users experiencing sluggish and dropped
connections, decreasing their productivity and creating major
headaches for IT administrators. AirMagnet advises network
administrators to regularly utilize wireless analysis tools both
during the holidays and year round to evaluate the effects of any
changes to their corporate environment and determine how best to
mitigate interference issues and optimize the performance of their
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