Wireless Networks Design and Management

While a wireless network helps keep your home or business connected, an unsecure connection can leave you prone to security problems. These problems can take time out of your busy schedule, and money out of your wallet. If you have a deadline looming, you cannot afford to work with an unsecure connection. 

With FITS wireless networks installation, we can not only help you configure your router and adapter, but we will also secure your network, and show you how to use it, and prevent any possible attacks. We can have one of our qualified technicians at your home within 24 hours and have your computer network running safely and securely. Our versatility allows us to work with both Windows and MAC operating systems.

7 Must-Follow Guidelines for a Better Wireless Network Design

Once upon a time, wireless network design planning involved grabbing a floor plan and plotting locations for access points with a protractor. The good news is that access points no longer require manual power and channel settings. Wireless planning has also become much simpler, thanks to great software options. However, the downside is that wireless devices and the world of Wi-Fi continue to get more complex than ever.

Initially wireless network design involved a large emphasis on coverage, as only a select group of people used and relied on wireless on a regular basis. Today you're hard pressed to find a regular user who does not rely on wireless every day and often on multiple devices. For example, it is not rare to find a user who owns a smartphone, laptop and even a tablet. Needless to say, wireless network design has changed significantly.

We will use the following tips will help you and your business design a fast, secure wireless network that accommodate a multitude of devices for now and into the future.

1. Capacity and Performance:

We will include capacity or total number of devices and application performance into your network plan. We work to help provide a coverage that not only gives a good coverage but also takes into account the density and types of users in areas. We will include capacity and application performance in your wireless network design plan.

2. Use Dual radio access points.

The basic concept here is that different devices communicate with access points on different frequencies within a wireless network design. If you have dual radio access points, you will allow both 2.4 and 5ghz users to connect successfully. While this may seem like overkill, it is essential for high density wireless areas. We highly recommend the use of dual radio access points.

3. Load balance wireless users.

While it would be nice if all wireless network designs were manufactured equally, this is not always true. Some solutions load balance users with software, which is important. A large meeting area necessitates multiple access points for a single area. Your wireless network design must allow users to move seamlessly from an overused access to point to one with availability.

4. Include network access control as part of the total system.

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Whether you refer to it as mobile device registration or network access control, it is essential to have a secure method for registering devices that you don't own. This method adds more cost, but it will be well worth it, as it will result in significantly fewer support calls and the piece of mind that comes with offering secure wireless access.

5. Keep your firmware or network adapter driver for your wireless network devices updated.

Manufacturers provide firmware and driver updates on a regular basis. On some occasions, these updates will increase performance. Typically you can access updates through the manufacturer’s website. In a similar fashion, sometimes network adapter vendors provide updates to their software, which can improve reliability and performance.

6. Consider a hi-gain antenna.

A hi-gain wireless USB network adapter will provide an external, hi-gain antenna for a desktop computer. This is far superior to a PC-card based wireless network adapter. Consider the options available from Hawking or Amped Wireless . Do your business employees primarily use laptops? This is great news for this aspect of wireless network design because you won't even have to worry about this concept. Most current laptops have excellent built-in wireless cards that don't require adapter upgrades except for all but the rarest of scenarios.

7. Design to the lowest common denominator on your network.

Today that means the iPad and handheld devices that are lower power. Match the transmit levels of the AP’s with these devices and you will have a network with lots of happy clients. 

If you need help with wireless design and deployment or improving your existing wireless network, we are here to help. Let our highly skilled team at FITS provide the IT support services for your Wireless Network project. Give us a call so that we can schedule a meeting to help you with your issue.