You may not realize it, but the technology you use in your office, classroom or other campus spaces can affect Wi-Fi performance for those around you.

Wi-Fi is a shared technology, and we all have our part to do in maintaining its quality. Fortunately, there are some ways you can ensure solid wireless connections for yourself — and everyone else. (We call it being a good Wi-Fi neighbor.)

Everyday devices like wireless audio speakers, projectors, gaming consoles and even microwaves can degrade Wi-Fi signals. Why? All of these devices use the same radio signals as the campus Wi-Fi network, meaning they can interfere with your ability to get the best connection.

Think about it this way: Getting a strong wireless signal with all these devices creating network “noise” is like trying to have a conversation at a rock concert.  

Maximizing Campus Wireless

To get the most efficiency and speed from our campus wireless network, keep the following in mind:
 
  • Use wired (ethernet) connections when possible. Wired connections are always faster and more stable than Wi-Fi.
  • Personal digital assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo, as well as wireless-enabled devices like smart lights, can degrade Wi-Fi performance for your neighbors
  • Don't use personal Wi-Fi routers or hotspots on campus. They interfere with connections for others nearby.
  • Don't use wireless printers in wireless mode. Use a USB cable to connect your printer and turn off wireless mode on the printer. (OIT support can help with this.)

Devices that Interfere with Wi-Fi Connections

What exactly are these chatty devices, and what should you do to help eliminate the noise? We have some suggestions. 
 
Wireless Routers These cause major interference and shouldn't be used on campus. Use the SEU network instead.
Wireless Media Players (e.g., Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast) Disable the device's wireless feature and connect directly via cables if possible. 
Wireless Printers Disable the printer's wireless feature and connect directly via USB cable. 
Wireless Speakers Use wired speakers instead. 
Wireless Gaming Controllers Keep these devices powered off when you're not using them. 
Bluetooth Devices Keep these powered off when you're not using them.