Installation

The installation phase is the most physically demanding phase of any wireless network implementation project. You will need to have a site survey undertaken to ensure that installation is carried out smoothly & effectively. The access points and antennas will be installed in the facility using the report made after the site survey. Usually, the higher the access points and antennas are mounted, the better the signal. This will require the installer to have the ability to reach the support joists for the ceiling or roof. Some of the activities that will take place during the installation include but are not limited to:

  • Mounting of access points
  • Installation of enclosures on case-by-case basis
  • Mounting of antennas
  • Connection of antennas to access points
  • Connection of backbone LAN to access points
  • Connection of power to access points
  • Installation and connection of remote power system
  • Verification of coverage
  • Configuration of access points and PDT's to include:
  • Proper firmware level
  • Radio information (system ID, channel, bit rate)
  • IP addresses (provided by customer)
  • Verification of backbone connectivity: Ping access points Ping host

    All cabling and power runs should be done and tested prior to the installation of the access points. After completing the installation, testing for proper operation and coverage may indicate the need to move access points and possibly use different settings. Finally, documentation on all the system hardware and software will be provided to the IT staff as an aid to be used when supporting the operational system