Wireless networks are no longer a “nice-to-have” option; they have turned into a business critical element that ensures an organisation stays ahead of their competition and maximises their productivity and profitability. Driven by a massive demand for increasing numbers of mobile devices across all types of business, the demand on the once “nice-to-have” wireless network continues to rise.
In responding to the rise in demand, new standards and technologies are required to meet these demands. Wireless “N” provides a significant leap in wireless connection speeds and reliability with initial offerings providing a “mere” 300Mbps for wireless clients, evolving speeds of up to 450Mbps. 802.11n (Wireless N) provided “next generation” wireless solutions offering greater performance and extended reach with unprecedented reliability and up to five times the throughput of “traditional” 802.11a/b/g wireless networks.
The “next generation” Wireless N networks have become an integral part of many types of business, providing them with the following benefits:
- Data rates of up to 450Mbps per radio, supporting more users, devices and mission critical, bandwidth-intensive applications
- Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) technology for predictable wireless coverage and reliable connectivity
- Next generation wireless providing investment protection to support emerging mobility applications
Deploying a wireless network can be fraught with difficulties, where do the Access Points need to go to give the best possible coverage of the area and still provide the best possible user experience are two questions that every IT Manager asks. In order to find the best balance between coverage and performance, a physical survey of the installation location is the first and most important step to ensure the desired outcome.
In a Wireless network, many issues can arise which can prevent the radio frequency (RF) signal from reaching all parts of the facility. Examples of RF issues include multipath distortion, hidden node problems, and near/far issues. In order to address these, you need to find the regions where these issues occur. A site survey helps you to do this. A site survey helps define the contours of RF coverage in a particular facility. It helps us to discover regions where multipath distortion can occur, areas where RF interference is high and find solutions to eliminate such issues. A site survey that determines the RF coverage area in a facility also helps to choose the number of Wireless devices that a firm needs to meet its business requirements. Finally it is a check that the required user density and device requirements are met.
- Optimise Access Point placement according to coverage and capacity requirements
- Provide Signal Strength coverage
- Identify high use areas (user density)
- Identify areas of interference
- Provide a heat map based on signal strenght and signal to noise ratios
- Documentation of the complete survey
For more information or to arrange a survey, please contact us