Every industry requires a reliable, secure wireless network for many different reasons. From warehouses implementing inventory management systems with handheld scanners to colleges and universities updating their Wi-Fi to support high-speed access in their student's dorms, every business's needs are different.
However, no matter what the reasons are the process (ideally) should work the same way. In this week's episode, we outline the five steps of the Wi-Fi engineering process to help you successfully go from start to finish.
What's up, everybody? My name is Danny. Welcome to The Wi-Fi Minute. Today's topic, what is the Wi-Fi engineering process? Okay, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock and let's go.
Step One, Predictive RF design
Using specialized software tools, engineers create an accurate model of the specific environment, be it a school, hospital, warehouse, etc., predicting things like coverage, access points, and even performance requirements based on how the network will be used.
Step Two, Wi-Fi Site Survey
Now that we have a starting point from the predictive design, an onsite validation of that model is needed to make adjustments where necessary. This is especially important with more complex environments.
Step Three, Engineering
Now that you have a long list of what's needed to implement your new network, it's all about getting it deployed correctly. This comes in three phases - configuration, integration, and system testing.
Step Four, Performance Validation.
Okay, your WLAN design is done and the system has been engineered based on that design. Now it's time to make sure it works according to plan. This, again, requires the use of expensive software tools and a lot of experience.
Step Five, System Management.
Your wireless network is alive and always changing, from the environment, devices, software, security threats. You have to be proactive, monitoring everything in order to make performance adjustments, keep software up-to-date, and stay secure. This step is never over.
So, in a perfect world, this is how the Wi-Fi engineering process should work. However, every environment is different and every project is unique. No matter what, it's best to work with an experienced Wi-Fi solution provider to make sure you get it right the first time.
Down in the Description, I've included a link to our Wireless Network Design Kit, which is a great tool to use as you start planning a new large scale wireless network. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them down below.
You guys have been great. Again, I've been Danny. Thanks for watching, and we'll see you next time.