wireless site survey checklist
The next step is getting a diagram of the area your network will cover. Building blueprints are ideal, but you can use a fire escape diagram if none are available. On the floor plan, note the locations of walls, stairwells, elevators, and other elements that may block wireless signals. Many programs can import your floor plan to use as the basis for a site survey.
Perform a Walkthrough
Floor plans are helpful, but they don’t tell the whole story. You’ll need to do a full walkthrough of the wireless coverage area, noting anything significant that isn’t present on the blueprints. Modular walls and metal equipment racks, for example, can sometimes weaken wireless signals.
Evaluate the Current Infrastructure
Look out for places where wireless access points can be mounted, such as ceilings and pillars, and note the locations of the existing wired network closets and existing access points.
Determine the Areas to be Covered
Where is it most important that users have high bandwidth? Offices, meeting rooms, and break rooms are typically key. Is good coverage also needed in hallways, bathrooms, stairwells, and elevators? Don’t forget utility rooms that may house wireless equipment. Indicate these areas on the floor plan. By being strategic about which spaces are necessary to cover, you’ll end up with a high-performing and efficient network.
Decide on Tentative Access Point Locations
Based on the above considerations, come up with initial ideas for access point locations. Be sure to check the coverage range of your access points. Build in some overlap between neighboring access points to guarantee seamless roaming, dynamic load balancing and network resiliency.
ite survey & readiness checklist
Before carrying out a wireless site survey, it’s essential that the right preparations are made. Below, we’ve listed all of the top things you need to think about before you proceed.
Your Network Adapter: a lot of the data you collect is done so via your network adapter. It’s vital that you not only have one that’s recommended and proven to work well, but also one you trust and understand. Get to know your adapter so you’re aware of how it works and how you can interpret the results with more accuracy.
Use multiple adapters: following on from this, it benefits you to use more than one adapter as you can carry out multiple surveys at the same time, rather than having to do them one after the other.
Importing your floor plan: you must import your floor plan, so it’s got a good enough resolution to see all the details you need to see. Also, try and minimize white space as this just takes up screen space and makes it harder to see the area.
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