Why do you need a WiFi site survey?
A WiFi site survey is often said to be the foundation of your network design. During a site survey, we assess an environment to plan (or optimise) a wireless network capable of covering the entire area with a strong, reliable signal. There are many advantages in such an assessment. Here are the most important among them.
Keep costs down
A WiFi site survey helps keep costs down for several reasons.
For example, with proper assessment, you perfectly know how many access points to install in your environment. Estimating the correct number of APs is a fine line, and a site survey can help you determine that. You will not have an added expense afterwards to acquire additional APs to get the required coverage, nor will you spend more money than necessary in equipment by overestimating the number of APs needed.
Not to mention, you will not be spending time and money on troubleshooting any connectivity issues that might come up. Basically, you can pay a little now to get it right the first time or pay a larger amount later to troubleshoot and fix it.
Access points should be placed to deliver coverage where you need it most. This can only be guaranteed if a survey is carried out by a WiFi specialist.
Everything can affect radio frequency. We need to consider network usage, network interference, and physical obstructions (walls, furniture, doors, people, …) You need a site survey to identify interferences, and thus where to place APs for best coverage. Simultaneously, we need to ensure that overlap from other APs is minimised and that there are no coverage dead zones.
Remember that as your business grows, your environment changes. Furniture, people, walls and ceilings come and go. This is why we recommend regular site surveys to keep on top of issues before they get out of control.
Did you know that the average cost of downtime is $5,600?
Your business needs wireless connectivity for a large group of users, be they staff or customers. Coverage and throughput per user are important factors. Different devices and how they are used (video calling, VoIP, Dropbox, YouTube, Spotify, …) at any given time can consume a lot of bandwidth. A lack of accurate bandwidth can lead to the interruption of critical business functions and communications by network traffic bottlenecks.
A network that has enough coverage to cover all necessary locations for all employees and customers is crucial for the daily operation of your business. A WiFi site survey is a small investment compared to what you can lose during a period of downtime.
Employees expect consistent and strong WiFi connectivity. It can be frustrating to experience fluctuations throughout the day that can be caused by spikes in the number of users on the WiFi network or simply the lack of sufficient APs. Loss of connectivity can mean loss of productivity and missed business opportunities that can dramatically affect the bottom line.
A site survey conducted by an expert will be the foundation of a network that supports the coverage needs, number of devices, quality of service, and more.
Meet security needs
A WiFi site survey is a good tool to keep an overview of authorised devices. For example, an audit can reveal rogue APs used by cybercriminals to penetrate your network. Conversely, correctly placed access points can prevent your network from being accessible outside the walls of your controlled environment.