What is ‘good’ connectivity?

Good connectivity is a reliable internet connection with high enough bandwidth and low enough latency (lag time) to support your work group and the applications they rely on. Higher speed improves the user experience in terms of page load times, upload and download speeds. Low latency (minimal time to get a response from a remote server) is key to acceptable cloud service / thin client use. ‘Thin client’ is a computer that runs from resources stored on a central server instead of a local hard drive.

In the absence of fibre leased line services, cellular (4G / 5G) can be a technically and commercially attractive solution.

Top tips to better connectivity:

  1. Look for a multi-modem / multi-sim router able to support bonding and load balancing of mobile network and other services where available eg satellite, conventional fixed line (ADSL, FTTC).
  2. Look for support of latest 4G++ and 5G cellular services
  3. Use the available web tools to survey likely cellular coverage before deploying. Select diverse network operators based on your survey results.
  4. Use 4G / 5G aerials suitable for outdoor deployment. Pay attention to positioning of aerials. Best results are typically obtained with the aerials placed outdoors, at height, clear of obstructions and a little apart from each other.

For larger workgroups deliver connectivity by connecting an external Wi-Fi Access Point to the cellular router. Support for latest Wi-Fi standards eg Wi-Fi 6 will maximise individual user satisfaction. For larger sites consider the use of mesh Wi-Fi networks or a Private Mobile Network to deliver your connectivity over a wide area.

EMS can enable better connectivity on your construction site, warehouse, or event. Contact us here.


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