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WiFi Design: 10 Things to Think About Before Meeting with Your WiFi Consultant

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 5, 2018 5:04:20 PM / by Blog Team posted in Site Survey, wifi health check, wifi consultant

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A WiFi project begins with finding a consultant to help with the initial design process. The first meeting can be a phone call or an email, and it is used to obtain a better understanding of the requirements and constraints of a project. In order for the meeting to be as effective as possible, think about the following things before contacting your WiFi consultant.

 

Use a WiFi design checklist to help you prepare for building, restoring, or updating a wireless network.

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WiFi Network Design Considerations

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 22, 2017 2:46:00 PM / by Blog Team posted in Site Survey, wifi health check

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Implementing a new wireless network takes a lot of planning (WiFi Design Guide). In order to complete the network design phase, the following factors should be taken into consideration and thoroughly planned out. 

  1. Size of Physical Location
  2. Intended Use of the Wireless Network
  3. Number of Wireless Devices
  4. Wireless Client Device Capabilities
  5. The Environment
  6. Performance Expectations
  7. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Acceptance
  8. Building Age and Construction Materials
  9. Network Infrastructure Devices
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Types of WiFi Surveys: Active vs. Passive

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2017 9:56:05 AM / by Zaib Kaleem posted in Site Survey, AP on a Stick, WiFi Scanning, Wireless Network

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Active WiFi Survey

An active WiFi survey is when a surveying device is connected to the WiFi network and records signal measurements based on the performance of the connection. Active surveys are used to troubleshoot WiFi networks. This type of survey also allows for various other metrics to be measured, such as ping round-trip-time (RTT), throughput using iPerf/iPerf2/iPerf3, and Internet upload/downloads.

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WiFi Health Check Survey

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2017 10:57:12 AM / by Zaib Kaleem posted in Wireless, WiFi Scanning, Site Survey, WiFi Health

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Vital signs are measurements of the body's most basic functions. When a body is not performing well, vital signs, such as body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure, are used to monitor and detect potential medical problems.

Similarly, if your WiFi network is not performing well, the following “vital signs” can be checked to determine the health of a WiFi network.

  • Signal Coverage
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • Channel Overlap
  • Rogues and Interferers
  • Access Point Placement Optimization

 

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WiFi Deployment Project Plan

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2017 4:42:37 PM / by Zaib Kaleem posted in Site Survey

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A typical WiFi deployment project plan can be divided into four stages: requirements gathering, WiFi site design, configuration & installation, and service turn up & acceptance.

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Four Types of Wireless Site Survey Kits #APoaS

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2017 4:48:21 PM / by Zaib Kaleem posted in WiFi Scanning, Wireless, Site Survey, AP on a Stick

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As part of our WiFi/wireless design process we typically conduct an onsite RF survey to understand the RF characteristics of the location and to validate our design for access point locations.

This setup involves measurement/survey software running on a laptop or tablet that can collect information about WiFi and non WiFi devices in the environment. This data is compared with WiFi signals from a temporary access point deployed for this survey process positioned at locations we believe would meet the requirements of the deployment.

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