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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
  • Bill of Materials
  • Project Timeline
  • Total Project Cost 

Wireless Network Design Blog

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014
The start of 2014 brought with it a new standard in wireless connectivity. 802.11ac is a set of physical layer enhancements for higher throughput in the 5-GHz band that is projected to completely replace the 802.11n technology by 2018. The access points with the newest technology bring with them additional antennas, wider channels, more spatial streams, and a number of features that improves...Read More
Thursday, Apr 10, 2014
  The IEEE recently ratified 802.11ac as the new standard in wireless technology. So, get out your checkbooks, it’s time for a school wireless network refresh! Or...maybe not. With our 8 years of experience providing enterprise-grade security features that parents, students, teachers and administrators would expect, we love the idea of additional throughput! However, with...Read More
Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014
The 1:1 and BYOD shifts are continuing to grow in wireless design for education, forcing school districts across the nation to find proper solutions to these trends, while staying in-lin with budgetary restrictions and guidelines. With mobile security, monitoring and 100% up times all standards parents and board members are looking for, schools must find the right wireless solutions. ...Read More
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014
I don’t come from a long line of distinguished scientists or researchers like the Frankenstein’s (pronounced Fronk N Steen). My lineage is made up of mostly civil servants, teachers and some mechanical engineers. However, I know how to distinguish between abnormal (pronounced Abbey Normal) and normal when conducting a product evaluation. I also know that my evaluation is only as good as the...Read More
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014
It’s been noted that within the next 4 years efforts are underway to make sure 99% of students across the US have high-speed Internet . Whether your school is well on its way to having a proper wireless network with high-speed internet and you’re in need of a wireless network refresh or you’re just beginning your research now on attaining this goal, here is a check sheet of what a...Read More
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014
Premium Tablet Production Globally is projected to reach 158.1M by 2016 . By 2016, premium smartphones will account for one in three phones sold globally, and approximately 40% of revenue .  According to Gartner and IDC 4 th quarter sales of PC’s showed highest loss to date of 10% plunge and a 7% drop in worldwide PC sales from the previous year. These...Read More
Thursday, Jan 16, 2014
There was a time not that long ago, when physical wireless site surveys were becoming obsolete because new software tools were making it possible to predict with about 90% accuracy a number of things about a wireless environment. Now, with new 802.11ac technology currently available on the market and even advanced 802.11n technology, it’s important that each facility seriously consider a...Read More
Monday, Jan 13, 2014
By 2016, premium smartphones will account for one in three phones sold globally, and approximately 40% of revenue .  Accor ding to Gartner and IDC 4 th quarter sales of PC’s showed highest loss to date of 10% plunge and a 7% drop in worldwide PC sales from the previous year. The growth in tablet and smartphones has brought with it a change and growth in the wireless...Read More
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013
In a previous blog I discussed what the capacity of an 802.11n access point was. In another earlier blog I also discussed how many users could connect to an 802.11n access point. With 802.11ac technology we have the opportunity for even greater capacity but the variables and factors deciding this capacity are still in play. An access point’s capacity is still a factor of the...Read More
Friday, Dec 6, 2013
While this is a question we are asked more often than I would like on sales calls it is a valid one for planning purposes. However, I would not recommend it as heavily weighted criteria in determining what wireless product you choose for your WLAN. There are many variables that affect the resulting capacity of an access point which are outside the scope of this article. I will delve into them...Read More
Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013
The next generation of wireless is here and gaining more momentum by the day!  The healthcare industry is quickly gaining similar speeds to this new technology when incorporating wireless into their hospitals for Real Time Location Services, hospital staff, and guests use.  So, what would this new technology bring if implemented in your current hospital wireless network and more...Read More
Friday, Nov 8, 2013
802.11ac is the next generation for wireless networks and manufacturers are now deploying equipment with this new technology and marketing the heck out of it. Now the question is when should I look at deploying it and what do I benefit from it? If you have recently deployed an 802.11n network I wouldn’t worry about it. You still have lots of life left in your investment and unlike previous...Read More
Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013
A proper Enterprise Wireless Network will simplify and automate the secure provisioning of mobile devices to deliver improved wireless access to both staff, patients and visitors.  When planning for a proper WLAN setup there are 4 Features your Network should include:   1.)  Improved and Expanded Coverage Across the Full Campus:      ...Read More
Monday, Jul 29, 2013
With an upgraded, secure wireless network Healthcare CIO’s can sleep a little easier at night! Here are 7 Reasons to upgrade your hospital wireless network. 1. Connect and segment your organization’s wireless medical and mobile devices. Those cool wireless infusion pumps, mobile carts, bedside mobile workstations, voice over IP handsets and that doctor’s personal iPad, yep...Read More
Friday, Jul 26, 2013
Have you been to the mall lately and noticed that people don’t really watch where they are going anymore?  Well, that video may be taking our love affair with wireless mobile devices to a bit of the extreme. Quite candidly though, we may continue to see faces buried in phones and tablets as wireless mobile device ownership continues to skyrocket. The other side of the wireless...Read More
Friday, Jul 5, 2013
The WLAN marketplace has been heating up the past 12 months due to several new product offerings, product enhancements and changes in ownership. As a result we have been seeing and hearing of lots of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) from vendors and resellers about products in the marketplace.    In an effort to clear up the FUD and confusion that exists I wanted to point out...Read More
Thursday, May 2, 2013
I am assuming that you are reading this article because you googled “How to prepare for 802.11ac” and found your way here. This means you either already have 802.11n wireless or you are in the midst of considering a migration to 802.11n but heard that 802.11ac is around the corner and wanted to explore potentially skipping over 802.11n and going straight to 802.11ac. My current recommendation...Read More
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013
Regardless of the WLAN platform that you are using undoubtedly you have wondered “what authentication method is best for my large scale wireless network?”  I am glad you asked since I have some opinions on this matter and I was going to offer to share them with you. Without going into a long dissection of the pros and cons of each type of authentication method used for wireless I am...Read More
Friday, Mar 8, 2013
Current technological innovations have turned us towards a strong reliance on our beloved mobile devices. This is an advent we should accept and consider when planning our wireless network designs. In the past, wireless network design involved a large emphasis on coverage, as only a select group of people used and relied on wireless on a regular basis. Today you will be hard pressed to find a...Read More
Monday, Mar 4, 2013
Planning is the most significant step in any wireless network design, particularly for new technology initiatives such as implementing the use of iPads, allowing BYOD, or the myriad of other mobile device projects your wireless network has to support. But wireless network design in today’s standards is different than in years past…and you can be certain it’s going to continue to evolve...Read More
Friday, Feb 15, 2013
There is a lot of documentation on wireless design for indoor Campus Wi-Fi networks for schools. Matter of fact, you’ll find a lot of great content right here on the SecurEdge site that provides some guidance on what features you’ll need to handle the EDU wireless challenges of today. But today I want to talk about something that has come up a lot in recent weeks for larger school...Read More
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012
Make Your Wi-Fi Super! In a continuing effort to help you improve your Wireless LANs I am pointing out some things I have run across in the field lately that I see are either detrimental to the performance of existing Wireless LANs (WLANS) or could improve it. 1.      If you have more than 512 users or devices on your network it is recommended to start splitting up your...Read More
Monday, Nov 19, 2012
Once upon a time, wireless network design planning involved grabbing a floor plan and plotting locations for access points with a protractor. Does anyone miss those days? Hopefully they don't. The good news is that access points no long require manual power and channel settings. Wireless planning has also become much more simple, thanks to great software options. However, the downside is that...Read More
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012
The larger your campus and the more users, devices, and applications you want to run, the more you’ll need to think through the wireless design. When deploying a larger wireless network like a school wireless network or a hospital wireless network there are a lot more things to be considered, which means a lot more room for mistakes. These are some wireless network design mistakes you want to...Read More
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012
Wireless network planning today has evolved quite a bit from the old days of taking a floor plan and plotting out access point locations with a protractor (if you remember that you’ve been around wireless a looooong time).The good news is that you no longer have to manually set power and channel settings on access points and even wireless planning has gotten easier using some pretty...Read More