Chapter 12. Increasing Your Hotspot’s Wireless Coverage

If you are not getting the desired wireless performance from your existing hotspot, or if you want to expand the coverage area or even cover your entire facility, you have a few options. These methods range from replacing an antenna to installing additional access points (APs) around your facility.

You can increase the wireless coverage area of your hotspot in three ways, as shown in Table 12-1.

Table 12-1. Comparison of Methods to Increase Wireless Coverage

Method

Amount of Coverage Increase

Cost

Difficulty

Use higher-gain antennas

Slight

Low

Easy

Use wireless repeaters

Moderate

Moderate

Moderate/high

Add APs

Unlimited

Moderate/high

Moderate/high

Keep in mind that you can implement a combination of these methods ...

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