Issues to ConsiderBy David Strom | Posted 2009-03-04 Email Print
For wireless applications to function properly, they require the right in-building coverage, which involves more than just proper antenna placement and access point design.
Issues to Consider
Here are five questions you should ask when implementing a wireless network:
1. How far into your wired network do the wireless packets have to travel? You may have to rewire some of your network between floors or from wiring closets to your access point locations if you don’t have any wiring to accommodate the APs in the best locations for providing service.
2. Is end-to-end network management important? Cisco doesn’t have this across both wired and wireless product lines, for example.
3. Do you want to skip earlier 802.11a/b/g radio standards and move right to 802.11n? Then make sure your products are current with 11n support.
4. Do you need a lot of capacity for wireless users in a small area? Look at products such as Xirrus, which can support these higher-density uses.
5. Do you need both Wi-Fi and cellular support, and, if so, do you want to use the same antenna arrays and infrastructure?