Why Manufacturing Companies in Pennsylvania Need a Wireless Site Survey Before Wireless Network Deployment – A Guide by Mainstreet IT Solutions
In the fast-paced manufacturing world, reliable wireless networking is no longer a luxury but a necessity. A robust wireless network can provide numerous benefits, including real-time data tracking, streamlined communication, and increased operational efficiency. At Mainstreet IT Solutions in Pennsylvania, we understand the significance of a resilient wireless network for your business, regardless of its size. Therefore, we strongly recommend conducting a Wireless Site Survey before implementing any wireless network infrastructure.
The Importance of a Wireless Site Survey
A Wireless Site Survey is a comprehensive examination of your workplace to identify the best ways to implement a wireless network. This survey is especially crucial for larger network deployments, where it is an essential component. Even for smaller deployments, we advise having a site survey, although we understand that cost can sometimes be a limiting factor.
When setting up your wireless network, we aim to attain the best possible coverage and performance using minimal equipment. This approach not only reduces the cost and the time required but also maximizes the efficiency of your resources.
Understanding Your Environment
To optimize your wireless coverage and performance, it’s necessary to understand the Radio Frequency (RF) behavior in your specific environment. A Wireless Site Survey can provide this insight by identifying areas of signal interference, weak signals, and dead zones. It effectively prevents interference from existing radio sources and physical structures such as columns, beams, walls, and even metal objects.
However, it’s important to remember that everything in your environment, including furniture and people, can affect the radio signal profile of your site. The primary purpose of the Wireless Site Survey is to assess the feasibility of installing a wireless network that fulfills your requirements and determine the best way to deploy it within your site’s constraints.
Accommodating Various WiFi Standards
The necessity for a wireless site survey is further amplified when considering the variety of WiFi standards, ranging from 802.11a to 802.11ac and beyond. Not all devices, especially many new, low-cost personal computers (PCs) and tablets support the 802.11n or 802.11ac standards. Many organizations must accommodate various WiFi devices, supporting multiple generations of WiFi standards. Therefore, a Wireless Site Survey must cover all the WiFi standards within the premises.
Different Types of Wireless Site Surveys
At Mainstreet IT Solutions, we offer three key types of Wireless Site Surveys: passive, active, and predictive. A passive survey listens to the signals from existing access points and other sources to provide a picture of the site’s Radio Frequency (RF) characteristics. An active site survey involves the survey WiFi adapter being connected to the access points, allowing for the collection of more detailed data. Lastly, a predictive site survey uses RF planning software tools to estimate the wireless coverage provided by the access points, which is particularly useful when the site or building isn’t yet constructed.
Before implementing or trying to enhance a wireless network, it’s crucial to understand all potential areas of interference, ideal access point placements, power requirements, and necessary wiring. A wireless site survey can provide all this information and more, equipping you with the knowledge required to design, implement, and optimize your wireless network. Trust Mainstreet IT Solutions in Pennsylvania to guide you through this process with expert care, ensuring smooth deployment of wireless networking technologies for your manufacturing business.
The Unseen Value of a Wireless Site Survey
The value of a Wireless Site Survey extends beyond the initial network setup. It can provide information critical for network maintenance and future expansion. For example, as your manufacturing site evolves with the addition of more people, machinery, and electronic equipment, the radio signal profile may change, potentially necessitating a new survey.
Moreover, wireless site surveys can uncover co-channel and external radio interferences that hamper your network’s performance. By getting a Wireless Site Survey, you’ll gain insight into these potential issues and know how to minimize the number of WiFi access points needed and where to place them for the best coverage optimally.
The Mainstreet IT Solutions Approach
At Mainstreet IT Solutions, our comprehensive Wireless Site Survey process includes the technical aspects of setting up a wireless network and a clear understanding of your unique manufacturing environment and specific operational needs. Our team of experienced IT professionals is equipped with advanced tools and software to conduct detailed site surveys that account for your wireless network’s critical aspects.
We begin by understanding your existing network infrastructure, if any, the physical layout of your manufacturing site, and your specific requirements. We then conduct a passive, active, or predictive site survey – or sometimes a combination of these, depending on your needs.
Our team will then provide a detailed report, including a heat map of signal strengths, potential sources of interference, recommended access point placements, network security measures, and more. We also offer a complete wireless network design based on the survey results and full implementation support.
Why Choose Mainstreet IT Solutions?
Our commitment to our clients extends beyond the initial setup. We offer ongoing support and network optimization services to ensure that your wireless network continues to serve your needs effectively as your business evolves. We understand that every manufacturing business is unique, with its challenges and requirements. That’s why we take a tailored approach to each project, working closely with you to understand your needs and to provide the best possible solution.
In the modern manufacturing industry, where real-time data and seamless communication are critical, having a reliable and efficient wireless network can make a significant difference. Before you leap, ensure you have all the information you need to make the right decisions. With Mainstreet IT Solutions, you can be confident that your wireless network deployment will be smooth, efficient, and cost-effective.
To learn more about how a Wireless Site Survey can benefit your manufacturing business, or to schedule a survey for your site, contact Mainstreet IT Solutions today. Let us help you lay the foundation for a wireless network that supports your business growth and success.