Five Factors to Consider When deploying a wireless network
Before you can deploy a WLAN, it is important to plan ahead the design, deployment, and management. Although the basic planning process is the same for every deploying a wireless network that you deploy, it may differ for each project. Here are five things you should consider before you deploy a WLAN in an area.
The physical parameters of the network
Before you deploy a wireless network, it is important to first ask the client for the purpose of the WLAN. These specifications must be met. The next thing you should pay attention to is the physical parameters of your network. It is important to determine if any other wireless networks are within range of your client’s site and if they will interfere with your client’s WLAN. You will also need to determine the number and type of wireless access points (APs) needed to cover the area. It is best to select a network area that is free from interference from other networks. To get all the data necessary to start with actual setup, you might consider conducting a survey.
Layout of the AP
The next thing to think about is how the AP layout will be designed in accordance with the client’s Internet routers. A’star’ topology is common in wireless networks. The router is located in the middle with direct access all AP’s. This AP layout is the most efficient as it ensures that even if one AP fails, the rest of the network will still work. The’star topology’ can be used in certain situations, but the ‘ring topology’ can also be used.
Establishing operational parameters
It is easy to manage the APs once you have set up the router and the APs. To set up operational parameters, most APs can easily be accessed through a web browser. Login to the AP with a default username, pass, and then change it later.
Security protocols that enable you to be secure
Security of the network is dependent on the configuration of the APs. Anyone can join the network if no security protocol has been enabled. To password protect your network, you can either enable a WEP protocol, WPA or WPA2 protocol in your AP. It all depends on what the clients need, so adjust the protocol accordingly.
After the above steps are completed, the network can be monitored for active and rogue usage. Monitoring the users approved gives an indication of whether the WLAN has met its design goals for providing bandwidth usage.