Signal Strength and Frequency

If you are having trouble maintaining a wireless connection to your FireBoard, check out the tips we have below.

Signal Strength

Signal strength is represented in -dBm format (0 to -100). The closer the value is to 0, the stronger the signal. For example, -41dBm is a better signal strength than -61dBm. Anything lower than -60dBm will make it hard for the FireBoard to maintain a connection.

To check your signal strength on your FireBoard unit, simply click the select button one time and this will show your WiFi signal in -dBm and also your link quality percentage. Remember, if your connection is below -60dBm, you may experience connection issues.

If you do have a poor WiFi connection, there are a few things you can try:

Frequency

New 5GHz wireless networks are designed to provide faster data transfer, but they sacrifice range and ability to transmit as effectively through building materials. Since the FireBoard transmits relatively little data, 2.4GHz networks are fully capable of handling the data transfer requirements.

The wireless module in all current generation FireBoards only supports 2.4GHz networks, primarily because you will have BETTER results using only 2.4GHz than with 5GHz.

Most routers supporting 5Ghz also already support (or are capable) of supporting 2.4GHz networks.