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Topic: Wireless Lan Site Survey

What’s Included With a Wireless Site Survey?

What’s Included With a Wireless Site Survey?

It’s hard to believe, but as recently as 15 years ago, wireless networks were still a novelty and a rarity. Sure, if you had a large IT budget and advanced in-house IT talent, you had WiFi back then. Fast forward to today and wireless networking is now considered a must-have in nearly all industries; enterprise, education, government, hospitality and retail.

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3 Essential Elements for Designing a Successful Wireless Network
Strategy

3 Essential Elements for Designing a Successful Wireless Network

"I know my wireless network isn't cutting it anymore but I'm not sure how to update my design." This is a thought that many IT managers are probably pretty familiar with. Good Wireless network design is reliable, efficient, secure, high-performing and scalable; all elements you hope are (and in reality need to be) present on your wireless network. However, designing a wireless network is difficult. Even if you have some experience or are familiar with some of the basic design principals, there are so many aspects when trying to create an efficient and effective wifi network design, it can be tough to know where and how to start.  With these challenges in mind, here are 3 tactics that we find essential when designing a successful wireless network.

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3 Tests You Should Be Running On Your Wi-Fi Network For Max Performance
Strategy

3 Tests You Should Be Running On Your Wi-Fi Network For Max Performance

One of the most important aspects of mobility for any CIO is testing. It goes without saying that proper planning and using the right types of testing can be a powerful step towards supporting your users wireless demands today and creating a wireless network that can grow with you for tomorrow's challenges. While planning and testing might seem like a simple and obvious task, they shouldn't be overlooked. Not only will testing and planning help you to identify potential cost savings and efficiency issues but also how to create a higher-preforming WLAN--thus giving your end users the wireless experience they expect. To help you start building a more powerful Wi-Fi network, we've created a list of 3 tests you should be running on your Wi-Fi network right now.

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Stop Calling a Site-Survey a Wireless Network Design
Mobility

Stop Calling a Site-Survey a Wireless Network Design

One of the most frustrating terms in the wireless industry is the term “site-survey”; it means one thing to some and a completely different thing to others. The reality is that having such a mixed consensus on what the term really means is confusing and in a lot of cases causes the wrong expectations and ultimately a poorly designed, poor performing WLAN. It’s time we try and settle the confusion.

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Do I Really Need a Wireless Site Survey for 802.11ac Wifi?
Mobility

Do I Really Need a Wireless Site Survey for 802.11ac Wifi?

At SecurEdge, my office is next to Michael McNamee who is head of our professional services group. Our office is a converted warehouse/techy kind of office place with stained concrete floors, so when Michael is on the phone, I hear much of the conversation. I’m struck by how many phone calls he gets from prospective customers calling with wireless performance issues that are simply a matter of improper planning from their current Wi-Fi provider. Many times, the wireless company just threw up some access points down the hallway with no real thought into how the technology works and how access point placement directly affects Wi-Fi performance. To save yourself some pain, we recommend having a wifi site survey completed if you’re planning for 802.11ac wifi. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a physical site survey; you may just need a predictive RF design completed using software.

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Is Your School Wireless Network Ready for BYOD?
Mobility

Is Your School Wireless Network Ready for BYOD?

BYOD is all the rage right now. The rapidly accelerating proliferation of smartphones and tablets has led an increasing number of school wireless networks to allow students and teachers to bring their own devices into the classrooms (BYOD). There’s a lot to consider when implementing a BYOD program in a school though. Is your school BYOD ready? Make sure you have considered these five main solution components.

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