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Wireless Site Surveys
Complimentary to predictive network planning, not a replacement
Category: Wireless networking/WLAN/Wi-Fi
Date: 04 April 2007, 16:00
There are four factors that play a large role in determining the effectiveness of a wireless network: coverage, capacity, interference, and context. It is important to understand what each is and the impact on wireless network performance.
Many cellular telephone users are familiar with the concept of having a certain number of “bars” on their phone, where the number of bars corresponds to the strength of the signal they are receiving from the network. This is what is known as wireless coverage. If you have coverage in a given area that means you are able to send and receive signals and communicate using the wireless network. Most wireless networks today are designed with coverage as the foremost requirement, as without coverage you cannot access the network. Unfortunately, many wireless network designs stop with just guaranteeing coverage without considering other equally important factors: capacity, interference and context.
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