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Wireless Site SurveyStudies have shown that many 802.11 Wifi networks deployed today aren't being used for the purposes intended due to lack of system performance. There are many things to consider when planning an 802.11 wireless system. SecurEdge Networks has years of experience working with many different types of industries to build large scale wireless systems. We have designed and installed systems that support thousands of users and mobile devices. We can work with your team to determine the best combination of coverage and capacity to ensure the best performance for your applications.

 A few Questions to consider before getting an 802.11 Site Survey:

What applications will you need to run on your wireless system? 

  • Real time location services
  • Wireless VoIP (Mobile VoIP)
  • Mobile Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Mobile Prescription Drug Applications
  • Real Time Video Services
  • Secure Guest Services
  • Mobile Hand Held Scanners
  • Business Continuity

What areas do you need coverage and to handle which applications?

How many users need to access the network at the same time?

What types of users will you need to access the network (Guest, Employee, Student, Contractor, etc.)? 

What level of security is required for each user or user groups?

What types of devices will you be utilizing? and what level of security is available on those devices? 

Do you have drawings of the buildings either in CAD or JPEG format? 

Once the system is in place, what level of reliability will be required?

How will you manage the system and devices once installed? 

What does an RF Plan look like?

Once we work with you to determine the scope of the project and complete a site survey, we'll provide the following documentation: 

  • Role Based Security Design
  • Predictive RF Coverage Maps
  • Mobility Project Plan
  • Mobility Analysis
  • Access Point Layout
  • Device Security Design
  • Bill of Materials
  • Project Timeline
  • Total Project Cost 

Wireless Network Design Blog

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers are well known for advertising “long range wireless” or “with our system you’ll need the fewest number of access points” or “our access point can cover 10,000 sq. ft.” Or whatever the latest marketing lingo is to tell you that you’ll need less of their equipment than anyone else’s. To me, this is like the drug commercials on TV that advertise to help you with a...Read More
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
On June 29th, 2007 the world as we knew it had changed forever. This was day that the iPhone was first introduced and while some may argue this point, I believe that this day also introduced the world to what we now call “Secure Mobility”. Since the explosion of mobile devices and apps a lot has changed, especially when it comes to how we think about designing and building networks. Back...Read More
Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014
Outdoor wifi networks,  while not new are becoming more and more in demand.  I’m not here to scare anyone away from the importance or deployment of an outdoor wireless network, but it does take some different kind of thinking to be successful.  Just throwing up some access points, antennas, turning on the signal and letting people connect doesn’t cut it. I mean, don’t get me...Read More
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014
For even seasoned IT professionals getting the most out of your Wi-Fi can be very challenging. But like a lot of things, especially in wireless, we want them (most of the time need them) to work at the peak of their ability. When you try to envision even a modest wireless network today, it becomes clear that they have become full-on, living and breathing environments where everything is working...Read More
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014
60% of schools lack the proper wireless networks needed to deploy and support the necessary tools for today's modern learning environment. It’s hard to believe but according to the FCC this stat is true. Since the mid-90’s the E-rate program (Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries) has been trying to solve this major issue. Despite the overwhelming need, E-rate has still managed to...Read More
Friday, Aug 1, 2014
Creating a successful wireless network at any school isn’t very different than baking a cake. There are many different ingredients and many different factors involved that all work together to make the cake not look but taste good and the same is true with building a school wireless network. But where do you start, what kind of recipe should you use? When thinking about these questions I...Read More
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
One of the most frustrating things about today’s wireless and digital world we live in is having a slow wireless connection. With new technology out pacing our current infrastructure it has caused many schools to face wireless traffic jams, making it almost impossible to support the goals of the school or the needs of the students. Fortunately, there’s a solution, and that’s 802.11ac. ...Read More
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
eBooks have certainly come a long way in a relatively short time, it was even thought at one point that they were nothing more than a trend. In reality, with the help of the Kindle and iPad and a shrinking world connected by mobile devices and wireless technology eBooks survived and are ready to get even better than we can imagine. When it comes to education however, it’s been a slow process...Read More
Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014
When it comes to mobility and wireless network designs we get a lot of questions regarding our process and more specifically how we do wireless site surveys for clients that are not close to Charlotte, NC. Our answer is always simple, predictive wireless site surveys. Predictive means just that -- predictive, or a virtual survey of your school, hospital or facility. Here’s basically how it...Read More
Monday, Jul 7, 2014
Warehouses have many things in common. For one, most are very open and very large spaces with exposed building materials, metal racks, equipment cages, fork-lifts and so on. The one thing they also tend to have in common are wifi performance issues. In order to be successful you have to get the most out of your network, similar to many warehouse environments one flaw in the system can bring...Read More
Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014
Speak to any hospital CIO and they’ll all tell you that Wi-Fi is vital to the success of their hospitals. The truth these days is that the hospital environment has evolved and is continuing to do so at a rapid pace. Today’s hospitals need exceptional WLAN with the proper performance required for diverse biomedical devices and urgent communications. It’s critical that hospital wireless...Read More
Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
In our last blog we looked at how customer engagement rates can rise when employing powerful Wi-fi in retail locations. Shruti Jain a senior analyst at Cisco in a recent Huffington Post piece stated, "There is a transition happening. With the increase in the number of devices with more computing power and features we see that there is a real momentum towards increased use of internet time on...Read More
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014
It’s no secret we’re a mobile society, constantly on the go and even more important, always connected. We use many different mobile devices from iPads and Android tablets, smartphones, smart-watches and more - there is no shortage of ways to connect to each other and the world around us. As businesses and organizations it’s expected that you support the growing demand for BYOD (Bring Your Own...Read More
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Typically when we first begin helping anyone with a mobility strategy we ask for the ability to create a wireless site survey for them. Most of the time we can create a predictive site survey and save the company loads on our engineers’ costly hours of coming on site. But I think it’s an important topic to tackle WHY we always start with a site survey? Why begin there? If a school or business...Read More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Here in the Charlotte, NC area we have been fighting to get some of our roads widened to relieve the congestion we fight each day to and from our places of business. As a means of resolution to this challenge the state has decided to move forward with instituting toll roads. I am less than hopeful that this solution will alleviate the congestion because it isn’t quite what I or my other fellow...Read More
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Over the last few weeks here at SecurEdge, we have been talking a lot about the best ways to design and create a successful school wireless network from start to finish. Whether you’re preparing for infrastructure upgrades (which is the foundation of your network), choosing a program that best suits your curriculum, or upgrading your wireless security, every part greatly affects the others...Read More
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Many teachers worry about the same thing, how do they securely use new mobile technology in the classroom? I come from a long line of teachers. My mother was a teacher, my sister is a teacher, and even both of my sister-in-laws are teachers. As they sit around and gab about how times have changed, a reoccurring theme arises; technology. “Technology” is the new buzz word in schools. It is...Read More
Monday, May 19, 2014
66% of students say they were prepared to use needed technology when they entered college. This makes me say one thing, “Wow!”. Believe me, I’m glad this stat is above 50% but it still means that 34% of students were not ready. The importance of providing students with proper training and skill development in a safe and responsible digital learning environment has to be a top priority,...Read More
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Do you have a mobility strategy? We’ve been talking about mobility around the office lately, particularly how it impacts school wireless network design and the constant efforts to bring more and better technology into the classroom. There are so many factors that need to be considered, from what the teachers are asking for, the goals of the curriculum, what types of devices are going to be...Read More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Graduation dates loom and summer is fast approaching. Along with the pool days, and ice cream trucks comes a much anticipated time for schools to prepare their classrooms for the next year ahead. That preparedness includes (more so every year) a checklist to help plan for technology in the classroom. What classroom technology solutions should be used? How do I choose the right program or cloud...Read More
Friday, May 9, 2014
It's pretty safe to say that in today's world people of all ages are more connected than ever to mobile technology. Even as I write this I have two laptops open, my iPhone close by charging, my smart TV playing Pandora from my Xbox One and my iPad opened to Skype from a call I just had with my dad, who lives in Hong Kong by the way.   Our mobile devices connect us to everything...Read More
Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014
Mobility is a word that seems to get tossed around quite a bit lately. A recent Harvard Business Review Article perfectly surmised the term when the author, David Armano stated, “Mobility trumps mobile. The difference between mobility and mobile is like the difference between hardware and software. Mobile is linked to devices — it is always one thing, wherever it is. But mobility changes with...Read More
Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014
There is a red flag quote that is uttered in our office from time to time and it goes “the customer is doing their own wireless design”. When we hear this we know to either run as far away from the opportunity as possible or we need to engage with this customer quickly and explain to them why this is not a recommended best practice. While we do have some customers that are certainly...Read More
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
Unless you haven’t heard, there is a new standard in town and it’s called, 802.11ac. There has been a lot of talk lately within the Education, Healthcare and IT communities about the new “802.11ac technology”. As SecurEdge Networks Chief Network Engineer explains, “802.11ac takes many of the features from 802.11n and builds upon them …utilizing  MIMO, increasing channel widths and...Read More
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
Being squarely focused on wireless mobility over the last 8 years, we are fortunate to receive questions like, “How many users can access an 802.11ac access point?” Now, depending on who is posing this question (hard to read a person’s body language over the phone) and in which format the question is posed (hard to read “tone” in the written word of an email), a close friend might receive the...Read More