Wireless Networks

Wireless Networks

Wireless networks are becoming an integral part of any corporate network. Mobility is having a major impact in enabling multiple services on the wireless LAN - it's not simply a way of freeing up your laptop users from a wired port, but a way to add guest access, WiFi voice, location tracking and integrating specific services such as wireless BioMedical equipment at hospitals or barcode scanning devices at retail stores and warehouses.

The wireless network design has to include a range of information to enable to design decisions to be made. Based on the requirements gathering we can design and specify your wireless network to fulfill your business needs.

IPTel are experts in the design of wireless systems including wide area, and can supply the required components. The company stands above its competitors in the supply of complex and highly resilient networks. With in-house capability covering the predictive RF surveys, through to onsite surveys, the team is able to bring a wealth of experience to your project.

The integration of the many and varied services includes:

  • Wireless Network Design
  • Wireless Surveys
  • Access Point Installation
  • Wireless Network Assessment


Essentially the network is built from three main components, which are:

  • Access Points
  • Wireless LAN Controllers
  • Management Systems

The exact breakdown of which access points, controllers and management systems are required is based on the customer requirements, which are gathered in consultation with the customer at the start and during the design process.


TYPICAL INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR DESIGN PLANNING

The wireless network design planning is broken into categories and listed below are some examples for consideration on your deployment.

Network use:

What is the purpose of the network?


  • Voice
  • Data
  • Location Tracking
Each of the above services requires a different type of survey.


Fault Tolerance

The network can be designed for wireless fault tolerance, accommodating the loss of an access point. Adjacent access points have overlapping coverage, allowing an AP to fail and the adjacent access points to increase their power to close the gap. This is especially important for voice or location tracking networks.


802.1a vs 802.11b/g

Does the network require coverage in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums? The designs can take allowance of this.


Size and shape

How many users are expected and in what sort of density? The cell sizes can be adjusted for optimum coverage, depending on the requirements.


802.11ac Design

802.11ac is the latest wireless standard offering high throughput. Is 802.11ac design required? The wireless network equipment should be designed with this in mind.


Management

Will the network be centrally managed? For larger installations a dedicated management platform is recommended to allow customers to view their network and deal with issues such as rogue access points (third party access points you neither control or administer).


Inside vs Outside

Some sites also require outside coverage. Depending on the size of the area to be covered a mesh radio solution may be required.


Authentication

The method which the customer will authenticate wireless clients onto the network. There are several options, depending on the level of security and control vs ease of management required by the customer.


Location Tracking

Cisco uses the Mobility Services Engine to provide tracking of tags and Wifi clients on the network. Other solutions include Aeroscout and Ekahau. Location tracking may be used to track a variety of assets (people or devices) as they move around a location.



READY TO GET YOUR DESIGN?

If you are ready to begin work on your design, email us your requirements and we can work through the design with you - sales@iptel.com.au

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