Optimizing Your Primary Coverage with Ekahau Optimizer
Primary Coverage is just one of the many configurations you can improve with Ekahau Optimizer. In this video, we’ll take a look at what Primary Coverage is and how to implement the improvements provided by Ekahau Optimizer.
What is Primary Coverage
Primary Coverage is all about optimizing the distance around your wireless access points (APs) to ensure there is sufficient signal strength for Wi-Fi-enabled devices to connect and transmit data. For many devices, a signal strength of -67 dBm represents the lower limit of a healthy signal. Different wall materials and physical obstacles absorb Wi-Fi at different rates so it’s always important to design your network based on your requirements for primary coverage.
How to Optimize Primary Coverage
- Ensure that your access points and antennas are all installed correctly, that there aren’t any loose connections, and that they are all online and broadcasting (you’ll be able to see this in your network controller).
- Try increasing transmit power of your access point radios to between 14-17dBm (25-50mW) if they are currently set lower.
Increasing transmit power will increase the signal to help with coverage while operating at a similar transmitting level to most of your client devices. Just remember to check that this does not exceed your local regulatory domain rules for your specific setup.
If this still isn’t cutting it, you may need to add additional access points in a redesign. Don’t worry, we have tons of resources for designing a network, including how to use our awesome AI Auto-Planner to generate a perfect design for you based on just a few inputs.
What is Ekahau Optimizer
Ekahau Optimizer makes it easy for IT professionals to instantly improve wireless network performance and security — it’s like having on-demand access to your own personal Wi-Fi expert.
With just a quick walk around the network with your trusty Sidekick 2, you now have instant access to step-by-step guidance for amazing Wi-Fi.
Want to know more about Ekahau? Schedule a demo today.