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Part 3 of 5

In this third installment of our discussion with technology partners Freeman Audio Visual, we address the obstacles that can hinder the effectiveness of your events’ Wi-Fi.
Having an onsite network technician to monitor the dashboard and identify any wireless networking issues is important to the success of your event.  One of the panels the technician monitors closely pertains to the quality of the wireless signal strength.  There are a number of factors that can reduce the quality which include:

Competing ‘Personal Hotspots’ 
Personal devices, such as cell phones and tablets, are equipped to broadcast their own network to link multiple devices.  The more ‘personal hotspots’ that are broadcasting in a meeting or tradeshow floor, the greater the potential there is to affect the quality of the event’s wireless signal.  The technician in the room is able to identify the individual device(s) that is causing the interference.  These competing signals can then be switched off to ensure the signal you are paying for is robust and reliable. In essence, the quieter the “air,” the better the experience for your participants.

Rogue Signals 
The technician is able to monitor the signals in the venue and identify them as ‘Friendly or Foe’.  While sometimes they can be as simple as someone’s competing hotspot, as above, we are now also living in an age whereby we need to be aware of signals that may not be welcome.

Bricks and Mortar 
Literally, the physical construction of the building can cause limitations to a signal.  While we know that a concrete building may pose challenges, being below grade can also be a limiting factor to the signal strength.  Speak to your network technician about these challenges to ensure that equipment is placed in strategic locations to optimize the signal strength.  Just keep in mind that, while one wall may look like another, what you don’t see inside the wall may further reduce the signal strength.

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