Wireless

Project Plan

Deployment of a wireless network requires careful planning. Our engineers will assure proper planning when designing and implementing your wireless network. The complexity of your network will vary depending on the obstacles and the size of your facility/property. The goal in this beginning stage is to obtain a complete understanding of the Project’s ultimate scope of work, the establishment of important Project milestones, the setting of mutually acceptable time frames for delivery of goods and services and reaching agreement upon the criteria by which Project success should be measured.

Site Survey

This is the area that is usually by-passed from the majority of end-users due to the fee-involved for a survey. Surveys can typically run around ($5,000.00 on up) based on the size of the network. The benefits of this are it will allow you to know exactly what is needed in terms of wireless equipment and most importantly budget.

When proper surveys are not conducted this typically ends up costing the end-user around $5,000.00/per additional node installed. Not including soft costs of getting electricians back to job site, lift trucks, permits, etc…

A site survey is a physical survey of the customer’s premises to locate the best possible places to install access points and ensure 100% wireless coverage and optimum performance.

Before installing any wireless devices we perform a radio frequency (RF) test in order to better understand the behavior of radio waves within a facility. This is recommended because various obstacles such as doors, walls, elevator shafts and people might affect the radio frequency pattern, causing it to be irregular and unpredictable. Even if you are using omni-directional antennas, radio waves do not travel the same distance in all directions. The RF test can also detect any radio interference that might come from other sources and could affect the performance of the wireless LAN negatively. The ultimate goal of the site survey and RF test is to help determine the number and placement of the access points.

Design the Network

After the site survey is completed a proper statement of work, network design and bill of materials will be compiled.

Areas of the design will include the number of access radios needed, types of antennas needed (Omni-directional, directional, sector, etc…), amount of cabling needed, areas electrical outlets must be installed, what types of masts/towers/buildings are needed, head end location, category 5/6 terminations for radios to connect into network, what type of licenses are needed, WIFI coverage areas, etc..

Implementation of the Network

All networking components will be pre-staged at Montel Technologies office. Configuration of access points and hardware to include:

  • Proper firmware level
  • Radio information (SSID, channel, bit rate)
  • IP addresses
  • Verification of backbone connectivity

Job Site:

  • Installation/testing power at all locations specified in design.
  • Installed/terminated/tested all network cabling specified in design.
  • Installation of towers/ masts for all antenna placements.
  • Mounting of access points
  • Installation of enclosures on case-by-case basis (physical security)
  • 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

Documentation / Training

A detailed description of equipment and user manuals will be given to the owner upon completion. As well as training for the users that will be directly involved with the system. The maintenance plan will also be reviewed as well as the proper procedures on reporting any and all issues or questions that arise.