Network Deployment

Network Deployment

Challenges and Solutions of WLAN Deployment

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Kaushik Bhaumik

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August 22, 2019

In today’s fast-paced technological landscape, fast and reliable wireless internet is no longer a novelty. It’s a bare necessity! Workplaces rarely thrive when employees can only work from their desks and WLAN Deployment has been a tremendous boon for workplace productivity. 

But deploying a WLAN can be challenging without the right personnel. Even when you have access to highly trained and proficient gig workers, it can be a real challenge designing, deploying and managing a WLAN.

What is a WLAN?

A WLAN (or Wireless LAN) is a Wireless Local Area Network. It is one of several different kinds of wireless network which also includes;

  • WPANS- Wireless Personal Area Networks.
  • WMANS- Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks.
  • WWANS- Wireless Wide Area Networks.

Hiring the right gig workers can help you to identify and overcome issues in your Wireless LAN deployment before they happen so that downtime is minimized and productivity is ensured. However, even with the best personnel at your disposal, it’s vital to know what you need from your WLAN and what challenges and barriers you may face.

Challenges Workers Face in WLAN Design and Deployment

Getting access to the right gig workers can ensure that you get a skilled engineer to carry out a comprehensive WLAN site survey. If you’re not sure how to do a site survey, don’t worry. A well-qualified gig worker will have all the knowledge and tools necessary to carry out your site survey and identify challenges before working collaboratively with you to overcome them.

The site survey will determine the Radio Frequency (RF) behavior on-site and identify the best locations to establish Access Points (APs). Engineers will compile a wireless site survey checklist which will identify potential challenges to design, deployment and management presented by your site. 

This checklist will likely include;

  • The intended use for the network: A shared office will have very different needs to a warehouse or events venue. This will have implications for you…
  • Coverage and Capacity need: Which areas will need access and which will need the highest capacity for robust data transfer? Where will activities with potentially high capacity bandwidth needs take place?
  • Identifying cabling paths and installation requirements- When they have a good idea of your needs, gig workers will then go through your site identifying where APs will need to be placed for optimal coverage and capacity. They will also determine the logistics of running cables to the requisite APs. 
  • Outside interferences- There may be outside interference which may affect your network performance. These include misconfigured APs in nearby spaces, or other nearby devices that use RF.
  • User flow- There was a time when access points were centrally positioned, but business WLAN needs have changed. It’s now best practice to place APs where they will be used the most. A site survey will also consider user flow in determining the best locations for APs.
  • Security- APs will be configured in a way which will keep your network secure and prevent unwelcome parties from accessing it.
WLAN Design and Development

Overcoming the Challenges

As you can see there are a great many potential challenges that can impede on your WLAN deployment and management. With access to the right gig workers, you can identify and implement preemptive solutions to overcome challenges before they happen. 

The more comprehensive the site survey, the better equipped you will be to overcome challenges quickly, reducing downtime and boosting productivity and security.

However, finding the right gig workers for such a sensitive and important job can be difficult. That’s where we come in.

How Field Engineer can Help

Field Engineer’s powerful yet easy to use the platform can make it quick and easy to find the right WLAN and communications engineering talent. 

When you sign up to Field Engineer, you get instant access to a wide range of benefits including;

  • Access to over 40,000 verified, vetted and experienced engineers working in 180 countries
  • Support and tips that will help you retain the gig workers who are the best fit for your enterprise. 
  • Access our cloud-based platform from virtually anywhere via your computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • Expand your business’ visibility and productivity by ensuring that you get access to the very best communications talent. 
  • Real-time tracking that keeps you in the loop. You can always see the progress of a job as it’s happening.
  • Proprietary AI tools to match your project to the perfect engineer
  • Powerful on-the-go mobile management tools that put you in the driving seat no matter whether you’re on-site or not.

Deploying and managing a WLAN network can be challenging. Make sure that you have the right gig workers to help you rise to the challenge.

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