Wi-Fi Down? Don’t Let it Happen at Your Conference

If you’ve ever been to a conference, then you know it’s not always easy to get reliable wireless access while attending. In the digital age where multi-tasking is essential to business, conference-goers, including myself, become irritated when they can’t access the data they need.

Even at tech conferences, reliable Wi-Fi is still hard to obtain. The all-mighty Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, actually had to ask attendees at their developer conference to turn off laptops and phones after the introduction of the iPhone 4 was delayed because of an overloaded Wi-Fi network.

So, how does this happen? Wi-Fi was never intended for thousands of people in the same room, especially when those people usually have some combination of a laptop, smart-phone and/or tablet. Rather, Wi-Fi was intended for homes and other small areas with a less demanding need for constant internet access.

While all conferences are difficult, tech conferences are particularly bad because all of its tech-savvy attendees need to be able to stream, download and social network, all while listening to the conference!

Although some conferences ask attendees to turn off their devices, participation is mixed, and even if the devices are not connected to the network, they emit signals that create background noise which causes difficulty connecting.

When companies install Wi-Fi networks for conferences, it’s important to test and plan for the number of attendees, the size and shape of the room and how Wi-Fi signals will reflect from walls or be absorbed by conference-goers.

Barcoding Inc.’s Professional Services Field Operations Manager, Michael Calhoun, stated, “Barcoding Professional Services has set up large conferences and has effectively met this challenge before. We stand ready to assist you with your wireless requirements large or small.”

For more information on wireless network installation, learn more here.

If you’ve ever been to a conference, then you know it’s not always easy to get reliable wireless access while attending. In the digital age where multi-tasking is essential to business, conference-goers, including myself, become irritated when they can’t access the data they need.

Even at tech conferences, reliable Wi-Fi is still hard to obtain. The all-mighty Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, actually had to ask attendees at their developer conference to turn off laptops and phones after the introduction of the iPhone 4 was delayed because of an overloaded Wi-Fi network.

So, how does this happen? Wi-Fi was never intended for thousands of people in the same room, especially when those people usually have some combination of a laptop, smart-phone and/or tablet. Rather, Wi-Fi was intended for homes and other small areas with a less demanding need for constant internet access.

While all conferences are difficult, tech conferences are particularly bad because all of its tech-savvy attendees need to be able to stream, download and social network, all while listening to the conference!

Although some conferences ask attendees to turn off their devices, participation is mixed, and even if the devices are not connected to the network, they emit signals that create background noise which causes difficulty connecting.

When companies install Wi-Fi networks for conferences, it’s important to test and plan for the number of attendees, the size and shape of the room and how Wi-Fi signals will reflect from walls or be absorbed by conference-goers.

Barcoding Inc.’s Professional Services Field Operations Manager, Michael Calhoun, stated, “Barcoding Professional Services has set up large conferences and has effectively met this challenge before. We stand ready to assist you with your wireless requirements large or small.”

For more information on wireless network installation, learn more here. http://www.barcoding.com/services/wireless_network_installation.shtml

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