Paper details best practices for 802.11n Wi-Fi design and deployment

Sept. 28, 2010
A new paper outlines specific steps and tests that network managers can take to design, deploy and validate an enterprise Wi-Fi network.

A new white paper available from Veriwave, WiFi Pre- and Post-deployment Verification Best Practices Guide, outlines specific steps and tests that network managers can take to design, deploy and validate an enterprise Wi-Fi network before it goes live.

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As Computerworld's John Cox reports, the paper's objective is to give network managers a realistic set of Wi-Fi expectations which reflect their vertical market requirements, and take into account the vagaries created by different classes of client devices and different traffic loads.

Recommendations are broken down according to vertical market, such as healthcare, general office, hospitality, education, and retail. For each, VeriWave specifies a range of upstream and downstream throughput values for a targeted optimum service level and for the minimal acceptable service level.

Test scenarios can be run using VeriWave's WaveDeploy platform, introduced in May. WaveDeploy includes a small WaveAgent, which runs on each client device and shares Wi-Fi data with the companion PC- or server-based test and reporting application. Enterprise network staff can then see a wide range of metrics that together reveal the quality of user experience.

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