5 Things to Remember When Installing a Wireless Network
Before you actually deploy a WLAN, you need to plan the design, deployment and management. The process of planning is generally the same regardless of which Installing a Wireless Network you deploy. However, each project will have its own unique details. These are the 5 things to consider before setting up a WLAN.
Physical parameters of network
First, you must ask your client what WLAN they will use. Then, you need to fulfill these specifications. After the client has agreed to the overall network specifications you must then take care of the physical parameters. The physical parameters of the network must be determined. This includes whether other wireless networks are in close proximity to your client’s location and whether they might interfere with your client’s WLAN. The number and type required wireless access points (APs), to cover the site are also important. The best practice is to choose a network location that is not affected by any other network. Conduct a survey to gather all the information necessary to get started with the actual setting up process.
Layout design for the AP
Next, you need to design the AP layout according to your client’s Internet routers. In most wireless networks, the topology of a “star” is used. With direct access to all AP’s, the router is situated in the center. This AP layout has the advantage of being the most reliable. Even if an AP goes down, the rest of network remains functional. In certain circumstances, the ring topology can be used instead of the’star” topology.
Set up operational parameters
Once you’ve set up your APs, the internet router, it is very easy to manage them. You can access most of the APs via a web browser. This allows you to set operational parameters that are specific to your network environment. To login to an AP, you will need to use a default username/pass (or change it later).
Secure protocols to enable
The settings of the access points (APs) determine the security of the network. Anybody can join the network even if there is no security protocol enabled. You can also enable a WEP or WPA protocol in the AP, to protect the network. It really depends on the client’s needs, so make sure to set the protocol accordingly.
After all the above, the network is monitored to see if there are any rogue or active users. The WLAN’s ability to monitor the usage of approved users gives an indication as to whether it is fulfilling its design goals.