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 WirelessTo 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 ConnectionsWhat 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.|