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Will a Wifi Range Extender Help?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

If slow or spotty WiFi caused by poor connectivity is plaguing your office or building, a WiFi range extender could be just what the doctor ordered.

An extender will do just what you’d expect – extend the range of your WiFi signal. It will improve connection stability and health for computers and other devices throughout a desired coverage area, eliminating dreaded dead zones.

Will a WiFi range extender help in your situation? Take these steps to determine the answer to that question.

Tags: Technology, Wireless Networking

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Poor connectivity can make it feel as if your entire operation is in slow motion, so much so that figuring out how to boost WiFi signal feels like a one-way ticket to the fast track.

There are a range of effective ways to boost your signal, from quick fixes to hardware upgrades and range extenders.

Depending on your issue, here are some smart options for how to boost the WiFi signal in your building.

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Push to talk is an important feature of two-way radios and other communications equipment. Also called "press to transmit", it enables the operator to start communications with another individual or with his or her team at the push of a button.

The term has its origin in the early history of two-way radio communication, where the PTT button physically engaged the operating mechanism of the handheld two-way radio transmitter.

Tags: Two Way Radios, Technology, Digital Two-Way Radios, Push to Talk

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Connectivity problems, from cell phone dead zones, unreliable two-way radio coverage, spotty WiFi coverage – or a combination of all three – aren’t just bad for business and productivity, for public safety users, they can be downright dangerous.

If you’re facing communications challenges, it can feel as if you’re fighting a losing battle, but there are some secret – and not-so-secret – weapons you can use to improve performance, even in the most stubborn spots.

Here’s an overview of why poor in-building connectivity happens and how to fix it.

Tags: Wireless Communication, Technology, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Distributed Antenna System

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Under a range of circumstances, a distributed antenna system, or DAS, is the go-to solution for spotty cell phone coverage or limited radio range.

When in-building connectivity is a problem, a properly deployed DAS can neutralize dead zones and make dropped phone calls and lost radio signal things of the past.

To give an idea of the solution’s versatility, let’s take a look at how a distributed antenna system works and some of the most common use cases for DAS.

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Motorola Solutions periodically conducts surveys to gather insights and feedback as part of its effort to continuously improve wireless communications for users and teams. The 2016 Commercial Survey collected input from 1,200 business and industry participants, “the largest single group of whom currently use two-way radios,” according to the company.

Respondents identified six wireless communications priorities they said would improve team efficiency, productivity and safety: Performance, Ruggedness, Voice & Data, Instant Work Group Communications, Application Integration and Interoperability.

Let’s take a closer look at each of the top six priorities for team wireless communications.

Tags: Wireless Communication, Technology, MOTOTRBO, Digital Two-Way Radios

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It's common sense but worth saying: Your two way radio fleet will last longer and perform better if you take good care of it. Routine maintenance is the best way to prevent performance problems, and when it comes to a communications device as mission critical as your radio, reliability is key.

Given how durable and ruggedized radios are, it can be easy to forget that they need some TLC in both their daily handling and at set maintenance intervals. 

With that in mind, here are some maintenance tips to help you get more from your two way radios.

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Motorola mobile radios have not only come a long way over the years, the keep evolving. With tight budgets, limited resources and little time for training, it can be hard to keep up. Maybe you’ve been considering the switch from analog to digital but haven’t quite made up your mind that it’s the right investment.

The good news is that Motorola offers mobile solutions that are flexible and scalable enough that you don’t have to switch your whole fleet of radios at the same time. You can transition at your own pace, based on user needs, your time and budget.

The other good news is that your radios – and the people who use them – will likely let you know when it’s finally time to upgrade, even gradually. The benefits of digital over analog are clear, and with that in mind, here are 7 signs that it’s time to switch your Motorola mobile radios from analog to digital.

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As they roll out new products and features, two way radio makers typically have a strong message for customers: We hear you.

Manufacturers say the newest trends – from high-visibility colors to more lightweight options – have been developed in response to feedback from customers across industries and use cases.  

As we look ahead for 2017, here are some of the trends we seeing for two way radios.

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7 Must-Have Motorola Radio Accessories

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Motorola radio accessories are the best way to kick everything about your Motorola radio up a notch – or more. Accessories take devices that are already built to be mission critical and tailor them to what individual users, businesses, public safety agencies and industries need.

They go through the same rigorous testing as the radios themselves to ensure that they meet the same standards for durability and reliability. And across each category of accessories, there’s a wide enough range of functionality to give each one versatility for different users.

As you’re looking to outfit a new or existing radio, here are 7 must-have Motorola radio accessories to keep in mind.

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