Recommendation 1: Use a wired connection for internet access whenever possible.
This provides you with a reliable and consistent connection at the fastest possible speeds. Wired connections avoid interference issues, which can avoid issues with signal loss or wireless interference impacting activities such as taking a test on Learning Suite or online gaming.
Recommendation 2: Use a wireless router capable of 5Ghz frequency networking.
Wireless networks runs on two different frequencies: 2.4 Gigahertz (Ghz) and 5 Ghz. For the optimal wireless experience, you should use the 5 Ghz network provided by your wireless access point (router). If your access point does not broadcast a 5 Ghz signal, we recommend switching to one that does. When setting up your wireless router, give 2.4 and 5 Ghz networks different names (also called SSIDs) so that you can ensure that your device are connected to the 5 Ghz network.
2.4 Ghz Network Interference
2.4 Ghz wireless networking was a widely used standard in the early 2000s. However, it has a very limited number of channels available. Within this wireless band there are three usable channels (1, 6, and 11). Unfortunately, this means that only three 2.4 Ghz networks can operate within range of each other without interference, and 2.4 Ghz signals are pervasive in their area coverage. In the illustration below, you can see the interference created by two 2.4 Ghz wireless access points.
5 Ghz Network Advantages
In recent years, 5 Ghz wireless networking has experienced a surge in popularity due, in part, to the interference issues that are prevalent with 2.4 Ghz networks. 5 Ghz networks are capable of faster data transfer speeds and are also able to run more networks in the same physical space without interference issues. The 5 Ghz wifi standards allow for 23 channels, which is vastly superior to the 3 channels available to 2.4 Ghz wifi frequencies. Here is an example of a 5 Ghz access point being used in the same area as the above example.
It varies from one router to another. In the basic wireless settings control panel for your wireless access point, there should be separate settings for 2.4 and 5Ghz wireless networks.
If you need assistance, please call the OIT Service Desk at (801)422-4000. They are able to provide general guidance in configuring personal wireless routers.
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