As your wireless networking needs grow so does your deployment of wireless access radios. This article will help provide you some insight into what your wireless network spectrum looks like and offers suggestions to help improve your overall wireless performance.

Biggest Problem with Wireless Networks... Overlapping Wireless Radios

For networks that deploy a single wireless access point on their network (e.g. SonicWALL wireless firewall or the SonicPoint access points) radio spectrum overlap is not an issues.  But once you begin expanding your network with additional access points you can run into performance issues caused by channel overlap.

Channel overlap is caused when two or more wireless radios are assigned to and using the same wireless channels.  This can cause network congestion, dropped packets and many other issues that slow down the wireless network.

The Solution - Control Your Channels

By default, all SonicWALL wireless devices are setup to automatically assign channels to the wireless radio.  In an environment where there are multiple radios this method of deployment is no longer feasible.  Instead, you must manually setup your radios properly to prevent the overlapping.

In the following video we will demonstrate to you have your can view your entire wireless LAN, identify your access points and see the channels that may be overlapping.  In addition, you will learn how you can modify the radio on your SonicWALL wireless firewall and/or SonicPoints in order to maximize your wireless experience.