5 Top Tips for better Warehouse WiFi Solutions

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Warehouse WiFi solutions are a vital part of today’s on-demand supply chain, helping businesses to manage their warehousing and logistics. The need for reliable, high speed connectivity has never been greater.

Internet-dependent tools like digital picking or inventory systems rely on WiFi for efficient operation and if you aren’t using them, you could be giving your competitors an easy advantage.

But there is more to installing a warehouse wireless network than simply buying a wireless router and adding some access points. This is why many businesses choose to outsource the design, installation and management of their WiFi system to a warehouse WiFi solutions specialist.

In this post, we’ll look at why warehouse WiFi is so important to the smooth running of the modern on-demand supply chain, and some of the key points to consider when you’re planning WiFi warehouse solutions.

Why is warehouse WiFi so important?

If you don’t have WiFi in your warehouse at all, you will be missing out on the latest technology used in warehouses. This technology could improve the efficiency of your business and without it you are at greater risk of incorrectly picked orders, delayed orders or even orders that are completely missed.

Digital picking will allow your warehouse team to pick and pack orders much more quickly and can eliminate almost all errors. But without fast, reliable WiFi, it’s simply not possible to implement a digital picking system.

If you have WiFi in your warehouse but the system is poorly designed or maintained, you may find that you have black spots in certain areas of your warehouse. This will have an impact on your IT systems’ performance and could stop them working altogether. Not only will this make picking orders take longer and increase the risk of errors, it could mean that you have effectively wasted the money spent on digital picking systems.

As you can see, the quality of your warehouse WiFi system can have a significant impact on the performance of your warehouse team. This can then have a knock on effect on the customer experience that you deliver and eventually on your business’ bottom line.

So how can you ensure that the WiFi in your warehouse is suitable for your needs? Here are five areas to consider:​

Choose the right technology provider

Whether you are just looking for someone to supply hardware and software or you want to opt for a fully managed solution, it’s important to take time to choose the right technology provider for your WiFi solution.

You’ll need to consider the size of your warehouse facility and the demands that your company places on the wireless network. It’s also important to consider what level of support and monitoring you will require and what software and hardware will be needed to operate your WiFi wireless network.

Depending on the size and complexity of your warehouse set-up, your needs may be better met by a fully managed warehouse WiFi solution. In this case, you need to consider what support the supplier offers and how far away they are from your warehouse facility.

Take account of signal blockers

It’s easy to distribute WiFi signal around an empty warehouse, but you have more to consider when planning a WiFi solution for a warehouse facility that’s in use. Anything that is in your warehouse could potentially block or distort the signal, so you need to take this into consideration when designing warehouse WiFi solutions.

You will need to bear in mind the racking, shelving and other storage, the type of goods you are storing and any other objects that may be in the warehouse such as vehicles. All of these could impact the effectiveness of your WiFi and how efficiently your IT systems run.

Number of access points

You may be able to use a single router for a small office but this is unlikely to be sufficient for a larger space like a warehouse. So you will need to install access points, which are hardware devices that help to boost and spread wireless signal

It can be tricky to determine the number of warehouse wireless access points that you need. You need to consider how many devices will be connecting to your WiFi and what demands they will be placing on the warehouse network. More devices and more complex demands will need better quality hardware to keep your network running smoothly.

You also need to use enough access points to cover the space with good signal, but without causing signal overlaps. These can cause disrupted service due to conflicts between access point frequencies.

Type and location of access points

You also need to choose between directional and omnidirectional access points. Directional access points allow you to point an antenna in a particular direction in order to focus the WiFi signal, whereas an omnidirectional device pushes the signal out through a full 360 degree circle.

It might appear that omnidirectional devices are the obvious solution to your requirements, but this may not be the case. Depending on the warehouse design and layout, and where you are locating your access points, you may get more effective coverage through careful placement of directional devices.

For example, you may get better results by placing directional access points at the end of each row of shelving, so that the signal can be focussed directly down each aisle.

Placing your access points on the ceiling can get around the potential for the WiFi signal to be blocked by rows of racking. If you do this, there is no need to have omnidirectional access points sending their signal up into the roof, but you will need to consider the height of your ceiling. If your warehouse has a very high ceiling, the signal may be too weak by the time it reaches devices at ground level.

Your warehouse IT solutions specialist will be able to advise you on the best places to locate access points in your warehouse space.

Consider any external needs

Your warehouse WiFi network may need to cover more than just your internal warehouse space. You may also need your WiFi to stretch outside so that your staff can book in new stock. Or you may have forklifts with onboard computers that take deliveries outside for dispatch.

All of this needs to be considered when you are planning and designing your warehouse WiFi solution.

Warehouse WiFi Solutions from Median IT

High quality warehouse Wi Fi solutions are essential for businesses that want to keep up with the modern on-demand supply chain. But the complexity of designing, installing and maintaining your warehouse WiFi network means that you may need some assistance from a warehouse IT solutions specialist.

Large warehouse facilities should always consider engaging a warehouse WiFi solutions specialist to help with their warehouse wireless design, as well as installing and supporting the WiFi network. On the other hand, smaller facilities may only need assistance with the implementation of wireless networking and access points, prefering to maintain it themselves.

Whatever the size of your warehouse facility, Median IT can help to create a warehouse WiFi network that will run smoothly and efficiently. We have been designing and implementing warehouse Wi Fi solutions for over 15 years, and our highly experienced specialists can create a network that is tailor-made to suit your requirements.

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