WiFi Network Installation Best Practices

June 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

 

Installing a wireless network can be a lot like putting a puzzle together. All of the various pieces need to align properly for your WiFi network to perform at optimal levels.

 

First, you must choose the correct antenna for your application taking into account polarity, frequency and antenna gain. Additionally you must determine if you require directional or Omni-directional antennas or a combination of the two.

 

Next, antenna installation best practices should be considered, including geography of the installation site, obstructions as well as distance and throughput requirements. Depending on whether your installation is indoors or outdoors different rules will apply including factors such as reflections, multipath, path loss, Line of sight and types of obstructions such as cubicle walls or trees in an outdoor installation.

 

Then cabling, surge protection and enclosure options must be factored into the wireless network design.

 

Needless to say, it can be overwhelming to put all of the pieces of the WiFi network puzzle together.

 

Fortunately L-com's white paper WiFi Antenna Installation Best Practices walks you through the process to ensure that all the pieces align.

 

   Topics detailed in our white paper include:

 

·       Selecting the right antenna

·       Antenna polarity, frequency and gain

·       Antenna installation best practices, indoor and outdoor

·       Line of sight, Fresnel Zone and path loss

·       Cabling and surge protection considerations 

 

A successful wireless network installation is dependent upon proper planning and consideration of all environmental factors as well as knowing the overall system requirements including signal coverage, throughput etc. Our white paper will give you the tools you need for a successful wireless network installation.   

 

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