Is BYOD Straining your WiFi?
The vast majority of wireless networks being installed this year are out-of-date the moment they are switched on for the first time. Many more will be obsolete within two years. The reason for this obsolescence is that current planning is not taking into account two key factors; advancements in technology and a rapidly growing demand for high capacity coverage for BYOD users.
Basic Design Considerations for Density
Designing for the greater densities deals with not just the number of devices, but also understanding variable device capabilities and following best practices when designing the network. Some key best practices include:
Maximizing the Use of 5GHz
There is up to seven times as much bandwidth available in the 5GHz vs. 2.4GHz unlicensed spectrums used by Wi-Fi, as well as much less non-Wi-Fi interference. As a result, optimizing use of 5GHz is a fundamental requirement for achieving optimal Wi-Fi performance. As many Wi-Fi APs (radios) as possible should be set to operate in 5GHz. Both spectrums must be supported in most wireless networks, but it is key that all new wireless infrastructure is designed with a 5GHz focus.
Design for Appropriate Signal Strength
The Wi-Fi signal level design criteria typically used for laptops is not sufficient for tablets and smartphones, especially when they will be deployed in dense numbers. Since these devices transmit at lower signal levels and have inferior antennas compared to laptops, networks must be designed with a stronger signal to ensure maximum data rates.
Provide Sufficient Radio Bandwidth
Because of lower transmit power and limited 802.11n data rate support, tablets and smartphones will typically achieve much lower traffic throughput performance compared with laptops. More Wi-Fi radios are therefore required to support these devices, as a general rule of thumb, design the wireless network at a ratio of 15 per 5GHz radio and 8 per 2.4GHz radio for a typical office environment in order to meet high performance requirements.
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