No matter what business you operate in, it’s now more important than ever to have the most robust Wi-Fi possible.
Below are some of the frequently asked questions which address the benefits of getting a professional Wi-Fi survey performed on your premises.
What is WiFi analysis & design?
Wi-Fi design is the term used to describe the identification of the most suitable access point products and their associated positioning to achieve optimal performance on your Wi-Fi network. When it comes to designing a robust Wi-Fi network, we typically use accurate floor plans and take into account building structures such as wall materials, floor materials and other structures which can attenuate Wi-Fi signal.
We use site survey equipment, along with site information to create a coverage map. This allows us to analyse the current coverage and plan any reconfiguration of access points in order to gain optimal coverage. With Ekahau equipment, we can identify metrics and issues such as interference, noise, packet loss and jitter – any of which has a negative impact on conducting business operations.
Predictive Survey – Designing the wifi network on a floor plan by drawing the walls with the relevant attenuation details based on the information which has been gathered from a site survey.
Validation Survey – Validating the accuracy of the predictive design after the Wi-Fi network has been installed.
What is Ekahau?
Ekahau is a software which helps you place the right number of access points (APs) in the right locations. The information helps to accurately design a high-capacity Wi-Fi network based on your requirements.
The sidekick hardware assists our surveyor with:
- On-the-spot network analysis;
- Signal Strength;
- Secondary signal strength;
- Channel Overlap;
- Round-trip time;
- Conduct heat map analysis;
- Learn exactly how many access points you need and where they need to be placed for a high-performing Wi-Fi network;
- Establishing a solid infrastructure for wireless – specifically for your building structures and business requirements;
- Core services and critical applications in the WLAN space.
Why would you need a professional Wi-Fi survey?
The main reasons for getting a professional Wi-Fi site survey is to remove the guesswork and help identify the correct positioning of Wi-Fi access points in order to meet your coverage and capacity requirements. Professional Wi-Fi site surveys are done to optimise Wi-Fi deployments and to prevent potential interference by using incorrect channel plans.
Troubleshooting issues with an existing Wi-Fi network is another one of the most common reasons for engaging the services of a WiFi expert.
What does it mean to be ECSE certified?
- Being ECSE certified indicates that a professional standard has been met in order to design and validate efficient and robust Wi-Fi networks;
- To become certified, an individual must complete a week-long training course which includes theory, practical assessments & and examination.
Are there any Pre-survey requirements?
To get the most out of your Wi-Fi analysis, a business will:
- you will ideally submit an accurate floor plan in advance.
- where possible, advise us of the building materials.
What type of premises is this suitable for?
Anywhere there is a demand from and pressure on a network to meet the requirements of multiple guests/users, such as:
- Commercial premises/business campus;
- Education – schools, colleges & universities;
- Warehouses & outbuildings for manufacturing/food preparation environments;
- Pharmaceutical plants;
- Hospitality – Hotels, Restaurants & Pubs;
- Retail – shops & shopping centres;
- Government / public sector buildings.
What do we get after the survey?
Following on from each survey, our team at SenSys wifi create a professional report with:
- Advice on how to meet the challenges posed by the results of the survey to establish a solid infrastructure for wireless to optimise the network;
- Get recommendation on Access Point placement – the right products in the right place for the highest performance;
- Information on how to build a stable redundant, reliable & secure network.