Wireless Site Surveys Explained

A wireless site survey, also known as an RF site survey or wireless site survey, is the method of designing and planning a wireless site, to deliver a wireless service that will bring the needed wireless network coverage, performance, speed, availability and quality of service. Site surveys are designed by professional wireless engineers using cutting edge site-specific wireless site survey tools and methodology, based on the latest wireless technology and market conditions. Survey results are used for both DPI (direct-permanent) and Wireless Equivalent Access (WPA) -based security protection, prioritizing security of WLAN as a top priority in the overall design. This enables companies to design and manage a network that gives customers the best value for money while meeting their current and future wireless needs.

With a wireless site survey by a professional surveyor will identify all key areas of your network infrastructure and design a site plan, including all sections of your infrastructure (e.g. WAN nodes, APs, cell sites and so on), the main access point, the most critical access points and the secondary access points. The visual representation provided provides a comprehensive overview of your entire network to ensure that you understand exactly where your most vulnerable wireless assets are located and how they can be secured. Also included is a detailed visual representation of your wireless site layout, identifying all key areas of coverage as well as performance levels (up to 6 levels deep). View Website here for more info.

Most wireless site surveys are conducted with the aid of a predictive survey methodology which enables the surveyor to generate a complete picture of your entire network configuration and identify the key access points and secondary access points. These key areas are then broken down further into logical sections, each providing a detailed description of the key access points as well as their functionality. An example of this might be "sites C, D and F contain 3 wireless site points". The next step would be to identify whether these key areas were vulnerable to attack or not, i.e. were there weak or vulnerable access points which could be exploited for wireless security breaches. Click on this site for More Info.

It is also common to conduct wireless site surveys as part of a larger project such as an enterprise-wide wireless audit. A large amount of time can be saved by conducting the audit at the same time as conducting a wireless site survey. For example, if the primary wireless site survey reveals that there are poor or slow connection speeds in key sections of your business network, such as the IT network, the audit will identify the areas of the network that are suffering from poor wireless signal interference from other wireless devices. This information can then be used to identify possible areas of improvement, such as updating wiring or installing suitable wireless routers.

While performing a wireless site survey by a professional electrician or other qualified electrician will identify any sources of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) which may be affecting your business. A large number of factors can cause interference to your business. These include wireless network equipment being in a protected circuit or a protected access area, the presence of multiple wireless devices within a certain range, buildings having poor electrical infrastructure and the use of non-standard wiring methods, i.e. switching off circuits to protect against unintentional power transmission.

Once the data has been collated, a suitable report, called a Facilities Management and Safety Analysis (FMSSA), will be produced. This document is essential to understanding the survey and will contain detailed information about the areas of concern as well as the solution to those issues. The FMSSA should be produced in line with the UK Electricity Distribution Regulation (UK Electr orol). This provides the minimum safety standards for electrical installations and the main components of a FMSSA are a Wireless Electrical Installation Guide and a Wireless Electricity Installation Guide. It is important to remember that even though the FMSSA identifies the location of potential problems, it does not identify the exact location of the FMSSA or identify the source of EMR or EIR. To get a detailed overview of this topic, see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Site_survey.

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