New Training: Device Placement and Configuration
In this 8-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Keith Barker teaches you how to place, install, and configure various networking devices, such as firewalls, routers, switches, and wireless access points. Watch this new networking training.
Watch the full course: CompTIA Network+
This training includes:
48 minutes of training
You’ll learn these topics in this skill:
Device Placement and Configuration: Network Device Placement
Device Placement and Configuration: Device Configuration Overview
Device Placement and Configuration: Configure Switch Ports Lab
Device Placement and Configuration: Configure IP Addresses Lab
Device Placement and Configuration: Configure IP Routing Lab
Device Placement and Configuration: Configuring DHCP Services Lab
Device Placement and Configuration: Configuring a VLAN Interface Lab
Device Placement and Configuration: Configuring NAT Lab
Up High and Away from the Microwave: The Best Place to Stash Your Router
It can be particularly annoying to see the Wi-Fi symbol on your phone or system tray only fill up about halfway even though you know you should be getting full coverage. If you feel like the only time you can rely on excellent Wi-Fi is when you’re standing right next to the router, consider these brief tips for router/AP placement.
Your best bet is to try treating the placement of your wi-fi router like a game. And imagine that you’ll get points deducted for everything that makes it harder for the device that needs the Wi-Fi to have line-of-sight to the router itself. Walls in the way? Desks or bodies blocking line-of-sight? Other electronics in-between them? Is the router on the ground behind a filing cabinet? Those are all points off.
Place your router up high. Not only does this help devices “see” the router, but routers tend to broadcast more downward than upward anyway. Put it in a central location so that every room has a fair shot at equal coverage. And keep it away from the microwave: the router/AP and microwaves can both use frequencies on the 2.4GHz band, and you don’t want those fighting for airwave dominance.