Almost every modern office, campus, and business has some form of Wi-Fi network for use by employees, students, and customers these days. Modern internet users take Wi-Fi access for granted, with public access to wireless networks being available at almost every venue from coffee shops, fast food restaurants, shopping centers to corporate offices, hospitals, hotels across the country.
However, many wireless networks end up having spotty or substandard performance because they were either poorly designed or not installed properly. When a wifi installation isn’t carried out following a specific design and according to specifications, there may be dead spots in the wireless network’s coverage area, or there may be difficulty supporting the traffic demands coming from the Wi-Fi access points. A professional Wi-Fi installation helps to prevent these issues by thoroughly examining the areas where the wireless network is being installed to account for obstacles, peak traffic loads, and other issues that may affect the quality of the connection.
"When a wifi installation isn’t carried out following a specific design and according to specifications, there may be dead spots in the wireless network’s coverage area, or there may be difficulty supporting the traffic demands coming from the Wi-Fi access points."
When designing a wireless network for any facility, it is important to ensure that there is sufficient coverage to minimize or eliminate “dead spots” where users are unable to get adequate Wi-Fi access. However, adding too many access points can be a waste of time, money, and resources.
Another important consideration when designing a wireless network is related to the type and quantity of cables that should be installed to each access point. With the advances in wireless technology and the ever-increasing data transmission speeds defined within the IEEE standards, the capabilities of Category-6 cable are no longer sufficient and Category-6a cable(s) should be considered to ensure your WiFi network is capable of supporting current and emerging technology.
The number of wireless access points a campus, office, or business needs depends on several factors, including the:
Because these factors mentioned above may vary from one building to another (and from one room to another inside a facility), the exact number of network access points required will change from one place to the next. This is why Blue Wave Communications does a thorough onsite inspection prior to providing a design for a Wi-Fi installation work.
By touring the site, our team can get a firm grasp of the unique needs of the site and determine the precise number of Wi-Fi access points needed to provide optimum coverage without excessive overlap.
If your space is in the early stages of construction, we are able to use the drawings for the space and a wireless design software like iBwave to simulate different network configurations to determine the most optimal and cost-efficient solution that will meet your specific needs.
Speak with one of Blue Wave’s Wi-Fi network installation specialists now to learn more about how you can optimize your wireless network coverage: