What is RSSI?
Simply put it is a measurement of how strong a wireless sign a device is receiving.
On the Device tile of the Aquascape Smart Control App, you’ll see your current “Signal Strength” listed in dBm. This is your RSSI, which stands for Received Signal Strength Indicator. RSSI is a relative number that measures how strong a signal is when it’s received by a device and can be influenced by many factors.
The RSSI measurement is all of the factors that are negatively impacting your signal at the receiving point. While RSSI is measured on a scale of 0 to -99, there won't ever be one singular cause that is the culprit for a poor RSSI rating. You can identify what’s hurting your signal by tracing the Wi-Fi paths in your house and experiment with possible sources of interference.
Everyone experiences symptoms of poor Wi-Fi signal strength on occasion. This can sometimes occur when using Aquascape smart control products. Symptoms of a weak Wi-Fi signal when using Aquascape smart control products include:
- Smart control products going off and online several times per day
- Products are not responding to changes made in the app
- Notifications in the app may be delayed.
If you have a poor Wi-Fi connection, you might also notice symptoms on other devices connected to your network, such as the quality of video and audio on your smart TV. So how do you know if you truly have a weak signal strength?
Wi-Fi strength can be weakened by a few main factors: Competing Wi-Fi networks, other electronic devices, and physical obstructions such as bookcases or walls. If you live in a densely populated area, competing networks can weaken your signal. Electronic devices that can interfere with your signal include cellular phones, TVs, microwaves, video game consoles, and more.
Here are some quick tips to help you improve your Wi-Fi signal when using Aquascape smart control products:
- Most routers are automatically wired to switch to the least crowded channel. If your router doesn’t have this feature enabled, log in and turn it on (check your router’s documentation to see how to do this).
- Move your router closer to your device, or at the very least, elevate it a foot or two to ensure it’s in an open space.
- Unplug any electronics that might be interfering with your connection.
- Try moving other electronic devices. Even a few feet can make a big difference.
- If your router has an antenna, try pointing it in different directions.
- Install a Wi-Fi range extender.
- Some larger homes with thick walls and floors may benefit from using a wired access point via ethernet.
- Try using a “Powerline Extender” which are devices that plug into your regular electrical outlets and transmit data along your electrical cables.
- Consider upgrading to a new router, especially if yours is more than a few years old.
- Try turning off or unplugging some of your electronics.
- Some electronic devices such as PCs, TVs, and video game consoles can be wired directly into your router using Ethernet. Attaching these devices to a wired connection will free up bandwidth on the Wi-Fi.