Designing a WLAN is far from easy, especially due to the many issues that you could run into when deploying it.
Nowadays, Wi-Fi is really easy to access and people expect to be connected and interconnected to each other, without any limits. Enterprises’ demands for powerful WLANs is skyrocketing because of new trends like Internet of Things, BYOD, BYON, etc. and WLAN experts now face problems with capacity and network security. Designing a WLAN is resulting to be more difficult than ever before.
The reliability of the WLAN depends on the coverage and the capacity of the WLAN. In order to meet an enterprise’s wireless needs in terms of coverage and capacity, its WLAN must be built according to the size of the area to cover, the expected number of concurrent users, the kind of devices that will be connected to the network, and the usage of the network (video streaming, emails, etc.).
In addition to this, to ensure a good connectivity to users, it is important to consider the quantity of bandwidth necessary – bandwidth quantity is key for a performant WLAN, particularly in high-density Wi-Fi deployments. Click here to read more about how to calculate your Wi-Fi bandwidth need.
Depending on where your WLAN will be deployed, you must choose the type of access point according to the type of environment. To design a sucessful WLAN, it is important to consider factors such as the model, type (indoor or outdoor), type of antennas (directional, omnidirectional…), supported Wi-Fi standards and number of access points. Thanks to Tanaza’s vendor-agnostic approach, you can choose multi-vendor access point models, manage any hardware and add enterprise-level features to low-cost devices.
According to the environment in which you deploy your Wi-Fi network, you might also need to set particular parameters. For instance, when providing a Wi-Fi connection to educational institutes, you may need to set up parameters such as content filtering to restrict the access to some websites. When providing Wi-Fi connection to a company, you may need to implement BYOD policies, or to limit the time session to surf the web; instead, when deploying Wi-Fi at hotels, you may need to provide voucher codes for free or paid access to your network.
In any case, designing a WLAN requires IT knowledge as well as a precise idea of what your Wi-Fi project entails. Tanaza can assist you in designing your WLAN, we encourage you to contact one of our authorized partners, or speak to a Tanaza business consultant to discuss your project. Together, we can develop a stategy that will help your business grow!