Extended WiFi Coverage

A common complaint of both Building 1 and Building 2 residents is that their current WiFi coverage is not sufficient. The Feb 6, 2016 Two Bratenahl Place Internet Committee Update report states that “TWC flat out said they have no way to deal with internet problems as building problem.” And that “they are not interested in providing solutions that fall outside their products. This is true across the board.”

Each WiFi transmitter supports spectral analysis & visualization.

Bratenahl Fiber is eager to think outside the box and has the engineering expertise to do so. The root cause of poor Wi-Fi range in a large multi-dwelling unit like Bratenahl Place is that there are so many transmitters operating in a confined space which often overlap in their channel usage. Overlapping channels is the equivalent of trying to have a conversation with a person down the hall while several other neighbors try to do the same. Yes, you can probably talk over them if you yell loud enough, but it becomes difficult to for everyone in the hallway to carry on a conversation.

The Bratenahl Fiber model uses wireless access points which are centrally managed. Central management, combined with a building map and intelligent provisioning, can result in much less channel overlap. This reduced signal cross-talk can significantly improve wireless range, because your device can better “hear” the signals being sent. The wireless access points being deployed by Bratenahl Fiber also have a novel spectral analysis capability which collects feedback on channel interference. This tool can be used to pinpoint the cause of any unique problems that may exist in a particular suite.

In addition to central management and spectral analysis, the higher end wireless access points used by Bratenahl Fiber operate on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Depending on the devices in use by the customer, frequency steering can be utilized to push some devices to the 5 Ghz radios while others remain on 2.4 Ghz, thereby reducing crosstalk even within your own suite. The large number, variety, and age of different wireless devices available in the marketplace make it difficult to make blanket statements, but these tools collectively give Bratenahl Fiber engineers a unique advantage to troubleshoot and diagnose Wi-Fi connectivity.

Lastly, physical location has a significant impact on the range of WiFi transmitters. The wiring entry point of many TWC/ATT installations at BP are off to the side of the suite. When a WiFi transmitter is required to be placed in such a location, ½ of the usable range is outside the suite and reduces the useable range in the suite to less than desirable. Vertical location is an often-overlooked factor in WiFi placement. Think for a moment about how many chairs, couches, appliances, sinks, cabinets, and other items are all on the floor at up to 4’ in height. These all reduce signal strength. Simply electing to mount the WiFi transmitter near the ceiling can significantly improve effective range. The placement of the WiFi transmitter above the entryway door, which is directly in the center of the larger 3 bedroom suites, is not by chance. This is by design.

If we pause to imagine an overly aggressive worst-case scenario that signal interference and cross talk from a neighbor’s non-Bratenahl-Fiber wireless transmitter may limit the signal to 1/8 of its effective range, even in that scenario (illustrated below in red) the WiFi coverage is still more than sufficient for the larger 3 bedroom suites.

Manufacturer specifications of the wireless transmitter define a range of 400’.
The red circles here illustrate 50’.

Manufacturer specifications of the wireless transmitter define a range of 400’.
The red circles here illustrate 50’.

 

YOU’RE INVITED:

A resident survey provided by Two Bratenahl Place from Feb, 2016 states that 95.8% of residents use Wi-Fi to connect to the internet and 77% of suites report slow connection speed. Improving wireless coverage is a top priority for Bratenahl Fiber. We invite you to call us to schedule an on-site demonstration of the wireless coverage in any BP suite. While fiber is not yet available in the building, we can provide a simulated connection using the same wireless access points so that you can try any device that you may have concerns about. Simply looking at signal strength can be misleading though. While on site we will use the bandwidth testing tool iPerf3 to demonstrate actual network throughput in different parts of the suite using both the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz radios.

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