Guest Column | May 22, 2014

3 Wireless Site Survey Tips And Common Mistakes To Avoid

Wireless Site Survey Tips

By Lucy Dixon, Marketing Assistant, Accucode

With the proliferation of mobile devices, employees and customers now expect the ability to be seamlessly connected at all times. A lot of businesses have set up wireless networks in their offices, stores and warehouses in an attempt to provide that seamless connection. There are a lot of variables that go into setting up a good network, however. With the Wi-Fi landscape changing every day it’s important to understand what is already there before you build a network. You should conduct a wireless site survey to gather information that can help you build a network that will meet all your needs. 

One important variable surveyors have to consider is the different channels radio signals can run on. Along with many other electronics like Bluetooth headsets, cell phones, and microwave ovens, most wireless networks run on 2.4 or 5 GHz band. These bands fall under channels that are unlicensed, meaning there are no strict regulations on how and when they are used. When it comes to the installation of network access points, this kind of free-for-all in the channels can create a lot of noise and interference. So if the network is running slow, there could be a lot of things going on to make the network jam up. Below, are a few other tips for a successful wireless site survey.

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