Better Wi-Fi Installations in Three Easy Steps, Part 3: Completion

By: Shawn Lucas, Director of Global Solutions Engineering

 

In Part 1 of our blog series, we looked at complications that arise during the Wi-Fi installation process. In Part 2, I addressed the importance of predictive analysis and a proper site survey in a Wi-Fi implementation. In Part 3, we’ll talk about the final phase of installation and about how the Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) can help streamline processes and help you achieve a successful and rock-solid Wi-Fi implementation.

Post-Installation Validation

Finally! The network is installed, and the APs are powered up and humming along nicely. Your controller is showing that all the radios are serving clients, and you are done! Right? Actually, no, we are not done. The final step comes after the prediction, after the site survey, after the installation and in those moments just before you hand the keys over to your customer.

The time has come to “prove it.” In the scope of work, you likely detailed metrics for success. The customer has an expectation of what areas you covered, how fast users can access Wi-Fi in those areas and how many users the shiny new network will support. Now it’s up to you to give your customer a detailed written and graphic representation of a successful implementation, per the milestones in the scope of work. Again, using ESS, you’re able to walk the same path you took when surveying the network the first time around. You’ll take measurements and gather data on all of the same items we’ve looked at so far, but, this time, it’ll be success you’re looking to illustrate.

As a bonus, if there are problems on the network, your validation will highlight those issues and give you an opportunity to address them before your customer calls and you issue a trouble ticket.

Post-installation validation gives you:

  • Peace of mind:
    • A picture of the wireless network you implemented at this moment in time
    • The network works
  • Proof:
    • You delivered what was asked or more
    • All issues were addressed
    • Evidence of services rendered
  • Documentation for future use:
    • Baseline for future upgrades
    • Past performance for future customers

The Tool: Ekahau ESS

As we’ve previously mentioned, Ekahau ESS provides a real-world view of WLAN coverage and performance based on data you either create or collect through predictions and site surveys:

  • 11ac support, as well as 802.11a/b/g/n
  • 3D predictive network planning
  • Hybrid site surveys: simultaneous passive and active surveys
  • GPS-assisted outdoor surveys
  • Customizable report generation
  • Integration with Ekahau Real-Time Location Tracking System

Conclusion

A great tool makes a difficult job much easier – of that there is no doubt. When you put those great tools to use completely, the result is a quality product that any company would be proud to put their name on. Tools, like Ruckus switches and wireless and Ekahau ESS Pro for prediction, survey and validation, help deliver those stellar results. Armed with the knowledge we’ve offered and these excellent tools, you’re well on your way.

Now, if only I were a better carpenter…

 

If you’re a customer or reseller of Ruckus, you can take advantage of a discount on first-time purchases of Ekahau. Contact rharris@ekahau.com today for details.

 

 

 

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