What’s involved in installing a wireless network?

You might have heard that installing a wireless network in your workplace can be a complex operation, with a number of variables. So, what’s involved, and why does it pay to have an expert install your wireless network?

IT Switch installs wireless networks right across Melbourne – and Australia – every day. These are some of the steps we take that make all the difference in your end result.

1. Identify intended use

Having a strong grasp on how many people will be using the network, the types of devices they will be using, and for what kind of purpose is the first thing to understand when determining the best approach for your network. The answers to these questions will inform the type of wireless access points to install. Without considering these factors, you might end up with a system that can’t support all users at the same time, leading to decreased business productivity.

2. Assess nearby wireless networks

Assessing the other wireless networks around your building – whether they service workplaces or residential buildings – lets us make sure that neither you nor your neighbours will experience any network interference. Interfering networks mean a poorer experience for both parties, but with the right assessment, we can avoid it.

3. Analyse building layout

Each building is different and has unique requirements when it comes to installing a wireless network. At IT Switch, we consider factors such as:

  • the type of building
  • its construction materials
  • whether the walls and ceilings are solid or plaster
  • ceiling height
  • the number of people accessing Wi-Fi
  • the types of programs that will need to be supported by the Wi-Fi

By using analysis software to check the premises’ floor plans or conducting a site visit, we can determine whether an office Wi-Fi or warehouse Wi-Fi is more suitable. This helps us to mitigate the risk of low or patchy coverage by strategically placing the right kind of wireless access points in the optimal locations.

4. Set up a guest network

Setting up a guest wireless network is a sensible option if you want to offer Wi-Fi facilities to clients, contractors and site visitors without compromising your digital security. When you invite external parties to use the same network you use for sensitive business data, you increase the risk of hacking and data loss.

Want to know more about installing a wireless network in your business? Give IT Switch a call today.