Wireless LAN Design and Deployment to ensure minimal disruption
This Company is one of the world's largest investor-owned electric utility service providers operating in over 30 countries. As part of an ongoing program with their IT service provider, a requirement was identified to provide a new, advanced wireless network across the organisation.
The Company has multiple disparate facilities that require Wireless Network connectivity, ranging from modern purpose built office buildings, warehouse and industrial factories to training, conference and accommodation buildings. Many of the locations already had some wireless network coverage utilising different technologies of varying age and functionality.
Their IT service provider engaged with A&O IT Group to provide an RF design, deployment plan and installation services for each of the locations across Europe for a centrally controlled 802.11ac Wave 2 Cisco wireless LAN.
Each location presented a different challenge when designing its optimal RF network, the fabric of the building, the type of building, it uses, the number of potential users and their network requirements all needed to be addressed at the design stage of the wireless network.
A&O IT Group used the latest Airmagnet Survey Pro software and a Cisco 802.11ac Wave 2 Access point to perform an active wireless site survey of all locations within each facility that required wireless network connectivity. The data gathered from these active wireless site surveys provide insight into how the radio waves propagate around the facility. This information along with additional information on the number of users, locations and size of high-density wireless locations such as meeting rooms and conference facilities, the type of user data traffic the wireless network would be transporting allowed simulations to be performed within the Airmagnet software to find the optimal quantity and location of wireless Access points within each facility.
Additional information of the Local Area Network at each facility was recorded to identify where each new AP is to be connected, and to ensure that existing local area network is ready to support the new wireless network.