How to Set Up a Wireless Network for a 65,000 Square Foot Building

by Jack Gorman

So you want to know how to set up a wireless network for a 65,000-square-foot building. Wireless networks are the most efficient way to share your Internet connection, for the obvious reason that all you have to do is set up one router and you're good to go; no more stringing wire all over creation. The downside to these networks is that their ranges are only good for about 5,000 square feet or less depending on the configuration of your building. If you don't want to have multiple wireless networks to connect to (and multiple Internet bills), what do you do?

Ensure that your wireless network is set up and functioning properly. The easiest way to do this is to open a Web browser on one of its computers.

Using a laptop, walk from room to room in your building and check the signal strength of the network. Walk into a room and run your mouse over your wireless network icon in your system tray (lower right-hand corner of your screen). This usually looks like a computer with some lines coming out of the right side. Stop when your signal is "low," and backtrack about 5 to 10 feet from there.

Plug in your first wireless extender and begin the setup process. Follow the manual that comes with the extender, as instructions vary based on the brand. You will, however, need to locate your wireless network and enter the password into the extender's software.

Repeat this process until your entire building has a "medium" signal strength or better.

Tip

  • check Purchase wireless network extenders that are the same brand as your wireless router; these should be easier to set up as they should locate your wireless router quicker.

Warning

  • close Wireless signal strength can vary based on the weather, especially barometric pressure and humidity. You may wish to take signal readings on a couple different days before proceeding with setup.

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About the Author

Jack Gorman has been involved in many different areas in his professional career. He resides in the Washington DC area, though he consults with organizations nationwide. His specialties include film and video production, sports management, writing, graphic web design, marketing, communications, operations, human resources and photography.