WIFI

Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by JEREMY HAWKE, Nov 14, 2020.

  1. Naheed Mir

    Naheed Mir UKBF Contributor

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    Zoom is very easy to use. If you want to join the Zoom conversation, you will need the ID
    and password to join the conversation. There is also no need to sign up for an account.
    You can join the zoom meeting even without login.
     
    Posted: Nov 20, 2020 By: Naheed Mir Member since: Aug 10, 2020
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  2. forevergroup

    forevergroup Full Member

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    As others have stated it's often a case of having robust WiFi performance rather than purely having a decent internet connection.

    I can explain why - as some may recall, BT and co engaged in a heavy marketing campaign a while back regarding WiFi range one-upmanship (including Mr Ryan Reynolds).

    BT hubs are therefore now in a permanent state of 'one louder'.

    This actually makes them annoying noisy neighbours in dense residential or business environments. In fact you could probably sit on the moon and get 12 BT WiFi hotspots right now.

    However, the impressive range does often lead to a false sense of ability in offices with lots of devices that actually end up way oversubscribed for their BT hub/router.

    So unlike OP, I have actually seen BT users with serious WiFi/internet problems but generally in more dense environments where they seriously need to upgrade it.

    Unfortunately, in my experience BT Local Business tend to be ill equipped to offer this level of advice and I'd therefore recommend consulting specialists such as the Cisco partner channel.

    The traits of the BT hub however do actually lend itself fairly well to home and SOHO use.

    Anyone who needs something more extensive for home can get a cheap upgrade from the Tenda mesh units - and of course there are lots of business-grade options on the market such as Cisco Meraki.
     
    Posted: Nov 25, 2020 By: forevergroup Member since: Sep 12, 2020
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  3. pcourtney

    pcourtney UKBF Newcomer

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    all our engineers use Netspot - it allows them to survey the premises and tell the client where the not spots are - simples

    NetSpot is a software tool for wireless network assessment, scanning, and surveys, analyzing Wi-Fi coverage and performance. It runs on Mac OS X 10.6+ and Windows 7-8-10 and supports 802.11n, 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g wireless networks
     
    Posted: Dec 6, 2020 By: pcourtney Member since: Oct 7, 2008
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  4. forevergroup

    forevergroup Full Member

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    We use Ekahau Site Survey Professional. It’s a beast, we’ve been very happy with it. Especially when surveying for more specialist requirements such as voice or location services.
     
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    Posted: Dec 7, 2020 By: forevergroup Member since: Sep 12, 2020
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  5. pcourtney

    pcourtney UKBF Newcomer

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    Netspot gives the end user a free tool/app to see if the wifi is acceptable or not when using Zoom or Teams, its better than nothing, some rooms around the house, or at work might have better wifi reception than others
     
    Posted: Dec 7, 2020 By: pcourtney Member since: Oct 7, 2008
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  6. forevergroup

    forevergroup Full Member

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    It's a nice idea but I'm yet to find an end user that needs an app to tell them if an area of their house struggles with WiFi for video conferencing.

    If an end user has coverage problems we'd generally push them to one of those new home WiFi solutions.

    The Tenda units for example are so cheap these days. My cousin is a senior manager for HSBC and has endless meetings - he has been very happy since he bought some.

    We would always try and resist committing engineer or diagnostic resources to any scenario that is evidently a hardware limitation.

    I was also trying to be polite in not directly comparing Netspot to ESS Pro.
     
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    Posted: Dec 7, 2020 By: forevergroup Member since: Sep 12, 2020
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  7. pcourtney

    pcourtney UKBF Newcomer

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    I was very clear "its better than nothing" - if zoom calls are dropping out, and you can move to a different room ( postion in the building ) to get a better wifi signal - then at least you can carry on with the zoom call

    not many users are savvy enough to investigate where the wifi strength may be the strongest, for that alone Netspot is a very useful app to keep a zoom call alive

    of course the underlying problem (more than likely) is poor coverage around the premises, and more WAP's maybe required, or better postioning of the WAP's in the first place - but we digress
     
    Posted: Dec 7, 2020 By: pcourtney Member since: Oct 7, 2008
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  8. forevergroup

    forevergroup Full Member

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    Thank you for the information, it's always interesting to hear the experience of industry colleagues.

    I therefore did actually go to give the app a try after your recommendation.

    However they are rated 1/5 on the App store - full of furious reviews. I'll give it a miss!
     
    Posted: Dec 7, 2020 By: forevergroup Member since: Sep 12, 2020
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  9. Naheed Mir

    Naheed Mir UKBF Contributor

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    That’s great. If Netspot helps in a wireless network
    evaluation, scanning and analyzing Wi-Fi coverage.
    It will be very helpful. I will definitely give it a try.
     
    Posted: Dec 7, 2020 By: Naheed Mir Member since: Aug 10, 2020
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