Wireless Network Site Survey In Chicago

Did You Know ExcalTech Does Wireless Site Surveys?

Any organization that prefers a wireless network will need to have a Wireless Site Survey conducted first.

Did You Know ExcalTech Does Wireless Site Surveys?

Technology has changed the way we live and do business. It has made our lives and our jobs simpler, quicker, and more enjoyable. Technology is constantly evolving. One of the greatest components of technology to ever be created is Wi-Fi. We were once so dependent on being wired-in, tapped-in, literally connected to devices and outlets through wires. Those days are coming to an end. The digital era will soon become the wireless era as products and devices are being built to be wireless.

Wi-Fi uses radio waves to transmit data from your wireless router to your Wi-Fi enabled devices like your smartphone, computer, TV, tablet, and smart home devices. Devices are connected to the internet through a wireless computer network called Wireless LAN, or WLAN. As more people become reliant on wireless networks to access the internet on the go, more businesses are preferring wireless connections within their organization.

Any organization that prefers a wireless network will need to have a Wireless Site Survey conducted first. A Wireless Site Survey is highly recommended for large wireless network deployments, whereas smaller deployments might not need a survey. ExcalTech offers many IT services and solutions, including a comprehensive Wireless Site Survey.

What is a Wireless Site Survey?

A Wireless Site Survey, or a Radio Frequency (RF) Site Survey, is the process of planning and designing a wireless network. The wireless network provides a wireless solution that delivers the required wireless coverage, data rates, network capacity, roaming capability, and quality of service needed for an organization. This survey helps determine where to place Wi-Fi Access Points (AP) to avoid interference and overlap coverage from other APs.

Wireless Site Surveys and WLAN network designs are a part of the initial phase of the wireless lifecycle. There is a lot to consider when conducting a Wireless Site Survey. When installing Wi-Fi, the network manager or IT services provider will need to:

  • Achieve the best possible WLAN performance
  • Optimize network performance for a variety of applications
  • Minimize co-channel interference
  • Determine the quantity and best locations for APs
  • Locate unauthorized “rogue” access points and neighboring networks
  • Document installation characteristics
  • Ensure redundant coverage to support seamless roaming
  • Verify post-installation that the WLAN performs as designed
  • Fully document the entire network for reference and future verification purposes

The network manager, or IT services provider, will use a handheld spectrum analyzer to measure the signal strength and possible interferences in different locations while walking through a site. The infrastructure of the site plays a huge role in wireless connectivity. Physical structures such as columns, beams, walls, and metal objects could create areas of weaker signals, or dead zones. Knowing areas of dead zones will help determine the feasibility of deploying a wireless network and will help in the designing and implementation of the wireless network for that specific site.

Is Your Organization Ready to Go Wireless?

If your business is ready to jump into the wireless age, and you are currently working with hardwired servers and networks, then the first thing you need to do is reach out to the professionals who know how to get you started. Among many services and solutions, ExcalTech offers Wireless Site Surveys for organizations large and small.

ExcalTech has been making IT simple for over 28 years. We can make the transition to a wireless network very simple for your organization. For more information call us at 833-EXCALTECH or send an email over to [email protected]

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