What you should know Before Building A Large-Scale Wi-Fi Network

November 14, 2017

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While investigating ways of monetizing data it is necessary for operators to find ways of offloading it. Wi-Fi has become a beneficial solution to these demands especially since the FCC opened up 100 MHz of spectrum in bands of 5 GHZ for Wi-Fi users who don’t hold a license. Large scale Wi-Fi deployments come with wireless engineer concerns, including issues with coverage density and interference. Setting up a large scale Wi-Fi network takes a lot more planning than a simple home Wi-Fi network, many more things need to be taking into consideration as this network is almost a business. Elements need to be considered like the equipment and location.

The mantra in successfully deploying a large scale WI-FI network is similar to real estate, it is all about the location. Engineers should look intensely at mobile users, who directly impact the data networks, when they access the potential efficacy of an Access Point. Engineers need to capture information regarding consumer’s usage patterns so they can retrieve a sense of the amount of devices using wireless data in a specific location, often public locations like shopping malls or academic facilities. Once you can gather this information, you can use it to assist operators location of potential users are and their requirements. If you considering setting up your Wi-Fi in a public place consider issues like having to gain permission from local authorities, with eh possibilities of paying a fee. It’s often better to target local businesses like cafes or retail shops, this is a more profitable solution as you can sell your service to them.

Another question which is a better option, 5 or 2.4 GHZ because both offers difference advantages and cases. 2.4GHz networks cover more ground but often come at a higher price. Everyone has chosen this option which means that the performance has dropped from the network congestion. 5 GHZ networks cover small spaces, this offers less pollution but does limit the footprint of WI-FI deployment. This is the better choice for new deployment as it’s a small investment. There a non-line of sight options if you use the 5GHz option, this will decrease the small cell network congestion. This is especially useful in outdoor urban environment where fiber backhaul is harder to reach. It is also possible to create mesh networks on 5GHz radios, helpful in areas without fiber connections. These radios can mesh one AP to another root AP and connective fibre to a hub, this creates a deployment of multipoint that will extend the network’s capabilities. This is an expert technique that requires knowledge of mesh and root AP’s, wireless engineers often wish to work alongside service providers when performing this type of engineering.

If this type of work worried you or sounds like something out of your engineers reach, try brands like New Orleans based Datatek for a consultation. These brands will not only give consultations about setting up large scale networks but also keep this network safe.

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