Wireless Network Planning

The job site contains two commercial sheds – normally a challenge for wireless networking. Both sheds store heavy vehicles, construction tools and supplies, which further adds to the challenge.

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The residence and front of the property needed good WiFi reception for business admin and operations.

Mobile phone reception is poor at this site, so the new wireless network allows for phone calls using Voice-over-LTE technology.

Commercial-grade wireless networks require careful layout of the access points to ensure the best coverage, performance and reliability. The radio signals must be able to penetrate through walls and other obstacles but not interfere with neighbouring access points.

For inside the residential building, ceiling-mount access points are hard-wired back to the IT cabinet.

For outside of the residence, a Mesh-WiFi solution was chosen. This allows full coverage of the property without the cost of structured cabling. A single long-range, high-capacity WiFi device provides data up-link for multiple short-range devices.

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Wireless Network Construction

The hardware construction stage was carried out across 3 days.

Day 1 involved structured cabling through the residential ceiling and into the IT cabinet.

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Day 2 involved further structured cabling to the roof-mounted Ubiquity AP-AC-Mesh-Pro device and a power-pole mounted AP-AC-Mesh device.

All wireless devices are powered via a PoE Injector, which means the same cable can carry data and power to the unit.

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Day 3 involved mounting further AP-AC-Mesh devices.

The AP-AC-Mesh devices also require a custom-built weather-proof enclosure for the PoE Injector.

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Finally, software setup & Quality Assurance (QA) testing was carried out. Initially, this means integration with the existing, on-site IT infrastructure. Then we carry out some performance and coverage tests.

Because the client is also subscribed to our Managed Services, we are now able to monitor and manage their new wireless network, remotely.