Best practices for network setup:
Hardware, connection speed, and router placement all play critical roles in a network. When setting up your network, follow our tips below to reduce connectivity issues for the most reliable Nobly experience.
Network Setup Basics
- Use your own, dedicated router and broadband internet connection.
- Your iPad should be connected to its own secure network, not shared with other devices.
- If you want to offer WiFi to customers, create a separate guest network.
2) Make sure you have a strong enough internet connection.
- We recommend a minimum upload and download speed of 1 Mbps and latency/ping under 60-80 ms (per register)
3) Always give your devices the most direct connection to the router.
- Connecting your iPad directly to the router is more reliable than using a WiFi extender.
- For ethernet printers, use a longer cable instead of going through an extender.
4) Contact a professional if you need help setting up your network.
- Since every network is unique, there is no universal setup guide. Contact an IT professional or your internet provider for help setting up your modem, router, or other network hardware.
Hardware & Connection Speed
The most important parts of a network are its hardware and connection speed. Learn what hardware to use, what not to use, and how fast your network needs to be.
No Public WiFi:
Do not connect directly to public WiFi. If you must use a public network, use a range extender to bridge the connection & create a secure network. Test the network ahead of time to check its reliability.
Check Your Coverage:
Check your router placement to ensure there is ample WiFi coverage where registers are set up. Think about purchasing a mobile hotspot to use for internet? Check your carrier’s coverage map to ensure it works where you need it to.
Connection Speed Requirements:
We recommend minimum upload and download speeds of 1 Mbps and latency/ping under 60-80 ms. Generally, you will experience more reliable performance when your speeds exceed this minimum.
Purchase an upgraded internet package if you plan to offer WiFi to customers, stream music, or use other apps that need internet. All of these things use bandwidth and affect your connection.
Talk to your internet service provider or run a speed test to check your internet speed.
A router’s physical location affects the strength of the iPad’s connection. A poor network connection can cause problems with credit card processing, delays in data reaching BackOffice, and other issues:
- Open and Elevated, set up your router in an open area central to where your registers are located. Because of how WiFi signals travel, it;s best to elevate the device. Don’t put it under a countertop, in a closet, or any similar location.
- Avoid Obstructions, make sure there are no major barriers obstructing the line of sight between your iPad and router. This includes brick/concrete walls, metal fixtures, or any large objects between the two devices.
- Avoid Sources of Interference, anything that emits a wireless signal can possibly interfere with your network. Set up the router at least a few feet away from cordless phones, microwaves, wireless cameras, and other such devices.
A network’s range can vary depending on the router in use and environmental factors. Set up the router within 30 feet (9 meters) or less of where your registers are. You should have at least two WiFi signal bars lit up on each iPad.