The growing need for mobility has accelerated the transition of many organizations to wireless networks, commonly referred to as Wi-Fi networks. The high bit rate and bandwidth offered by wireless networks allows for a better networking experience than their counterparts. wired. In an ideal network, once you’ve set up your Wi-Fi components, your end users should be able to easily connect and access your network. In reality, however, this can be a challenge as these networks are often prone to interference from various sources, such as a wireless printer operating in the same environment. Without an efficient Wi-Fi monitor in place, issues like this can easily lead to costly network downtime.
In this blog post, we discuss the capabilities of Wi-Fi monitoring solutions to avoid encountering network issues. We take a look at the five key features, which include:
- Availability monitoring
- Wireless signal strength monitoring
- Network load monitoring
- Monitoring of resource use
- Network visualization
Make your network constantly available to your end users
Most network administrators strive for 99.9% network uptime and especially for networks made up of business critical devices. This means that they can only allow 10.8 minutes of downtime per week to ensure high availability of network operations. Without the right uptime monitoring tool in place, this metric can be difficult to achieve.
Notably, Wi-Fi networks are prone to unwanted issues that could interrupt availability, such as network overload. It is therefore important to deploy a Wi-Fi monitoring solution that offers reliable monitoring of network availability. Efficient enterprise-grade Wi-Fi monitoring solutions, such as ManageEngine OpManager, do this task exceptionally well. It provides network availability monitoring that works in tandem with network performance monitoring to proactively ensure constant network availability. By allowing network administrators to have a centralized view of the availability and status of all their critical network components, OpManager also supports disparate monitors to automatically track availability and performance metrics. This helps ensure uninterrupted network availability.
Reduce signal noise with Wi-Fi signal strength monitoring
A major concern with Wi-Fi networks is signal noise. Noise can be any interference in your wireless network that is not Wi-Fi traffic. This interference is typically measured in decibels from zero to -120 dB. The closer the noise level is to -120 dB, the better the signal on your network. However, it is difficult to achieve this without the right monitoring tools, as common sources of signal noise are everyday network elements such as wireless devices.
To reduce signal noise and enable proactive signal strength monitoring, network administrators are turning to Wi-Fi monitors that offer real-time monitoring capability. OpManager’s Wi-Fi monitoring solutions simplify this task by enabling comprehensive monitoring of network signal strength. This includes monitoring various aspects such as network signal-to-noise ratio, noise interference encountered in the access point to client connections, overall signal strength, etc.
Monitor the load of your Wi-Fi components
Access points are the primary catalyst for the Wi-Fi network, as they connect end users to your network. It is therefore important to use the right number of access points in the right places to ensure seamless connectivity for your end users. In a typical network environment, you might want your access points to manage 15 to 50 clients at a time for optimal performance and connectivity. However, overloading your access points with more users may result in an interruption of the connection for all end users of that access point. Scenarios like this make it important to proactively monitor the load on your Wi-Fi components.
Comprehensive network monitoring solutions, such as OpManager, not only help you monitor your access points, but also monitor other critical network devices, such as wireless local area networks (WLANs), servers and routers. This solution provides disparate monitors that help you automatically track crucial Wi-Fi metrics, such as total number of users, active users, 5 GHz users, 2 frequency users, 5 GHz and packet loss. OpManager also offers adaptive threshold-based alerts that help you set a baseline for optimal load and alert you to potential issues.
Analyze and track the use of your network resources
Although Wi-Fi networking may seem like a hardware-less process, physical or hardware components such as wireless LAN controllers and access points form the backbone of this network. If any of these components are affected, your network can go down in a jiffy. Hardware monitoring should be an integral part of your Wi-Fi monitoring strategy.
OpManager’s Wi-Fi monitoring capability enables comprehensive monitoring of network resource usage and performance. It automatically tracks, through periodic analysis, various resource usage metrics such as CPU and memory usage. The reports generated by these monitors provide detailed information on resource usage trends and aid in effective capacity planning.
Analyze coverage with the viewing capabilities of the Wi-Fi monitor
Using a Wi-Fi monitor with map survey capability improves the process of troubleshooting and planning for Wi-Fi capacity. Wi-Fi monitors with built-in viewing options, such as heat maps and floor views, to simplify the monitoring process. With portable Wi-Fi signal analyzers, the user can simply walk around and mark their location on the map. This generates a signal heat map that can be used to plan the location of access points and analyze the quality of the signal received by users in an area. This helps to strategically plan the location of access points and the WLAN allowing reliable connectivity and good signal strength in Wi-Fi networks.
Are you looking for a wireless monitor for your organization’s network? Try ManageEngine OpManager. Explore the full wireless networking features of OpManager by scheduling a free personalized live demonstration with our product experts or by downloading a free 30 day trial today!
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*** This is a syndicated Security Bloggers Network blog from ManageEngine Blog written by Sharon Abraham. Read the original post at: https://blogs.manageengine.com/network/opmanager/2021/11/01/wi-fi-monitor-5-ways-it-helps-you-get-wireless-network-management- right.html