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Busting the Top 5 Wireless Network Myths

Busting the Top 5 Wireless Network Myths

Busting the Top 5 Wireless Network MythsWe’re living in the age of misinformation and alternative facts, of half truths and semi-lies. As a result, we’re left with a pretty confusing state of affairs. The world of wireless networking technology is no different, and for an extensive field that’s already incredibly complicated, this only makes matters worse. We’ve rounded up the some of the biggest wireless fibs and falsehoods to help you shed some light on the truth.

The More the Merrier

Wireless routers are sprouting antennas like no one’s business, to the point where it looks like we might find them scurrying across our floors. It’s a common misconception that there’s a correlation between the number of antennas on a router and your network speeds. It helps to keep in mind, that it’s not the number of antennas, it’s how you use them. Instead you should consider the placement, amplification, and make quality instead.

Hiding Your SSID Will Protect You From Hackers

You can never be too careful when it comes to internet security. It’s often believed that keeping your SSID hidden and keeping it from being broadcast to the public makes your network hidden from hackers. PCs that can run Windows 7 or later are still capable of seeing every device nearby, even though they can’t identify the network by name.

Wireless Networks Are Inherently Insecure

Security usually comes first and foremost for IT departments and is usually one of the reasons that that businesses hold off on wireless networks. Today, new wireless security standards like IEEE 802.11i and WPA2 have arrived to match the protection that was previously only found on wired networks. New measures taken in wireless network security have improved the network’s ability to identify, prevent, and adapt to any security threats.

You Can Find all Interference Sources with an RF Sweep

One of the biggest issues with interference is that can sometimes seem sporadic. Wireless Interference may only happen at certain points in the day, so it’s important that your initial RF sweep is done over an extended period of time. Even if your initial RF sweep is extensive, things change over time, so no matter how much sweeping can ensure an interference-free environment.

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