Networking Chapter 2: WLAN Design:

Chapter 2: WLAN Design

Deciding to go wireless is one thing; implementing that vision is quite another. A cost-effective, operationally efficient, scalable wireless LAN requires careful planning. Radio networks must deliver sufficient signal and capacity to targeted areas while minimizing asset waste and security exposure; and new WLANs must often be integrated with existing wired networks, providing seamless access to business applications and services without disrupting that network's operation, security or performance.

In this chapter, you will learn the critical design and planning steps required for successful WLAN implementation. By understanding the principles of wireless switching, access point placement, and radio antenna selection, you can develop a solid plan. By exploring the techniques and tools available to conduct wireless site surveys and correctly provision WLAN equipment, you can get prepared to execute your plan, avoiding surprises and common pitfalls.

Designing and planning your wireless architecture:

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  • Cisco WLAN design best practices

    Tip -  Wireless LAN (WLAN) technology has built-in security features, but a one-size-fits-all approach won't ensure adequate security for your organization. This tip provides best practices for designing your security architecture, including user community...

  • In-building wireless: Installation issues trump equipment costs

    Guest Commentary -  This article looks at the key variables that differentiate various in-building wireless systems and shows why installation costs are the most important criteria when considering different systems.

  • Wireless LAN setup for hotels

    Ask the Expert -  Phifer discusses the requirements for WLAN setups in hotels.

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Implementation and installation:

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  • Wireless access points: Placement checklist

    Tip -  When planning to deploy wireless or tweak your existing deployment, the conventional wisdom is that you need a "site survey." If you're trying to locate the best places to put your wireless access points (WAPs) manually, the trick is to keep three key...

  • In-building wireless: Installation issues trump equipment costs

    Guest Commentary -  This article looks at the key variables that differentiate various in-building wireless systems and shows why installation costs are the most important criteria when considering different systems.

  • Understanding wireless antennas - part 1

    Tip -  Types of wireless LAN antennas, including omni-directional monopole and dipole antennas, are explained in this tip.

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Site survey:

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  • New WLAN survey, analyzer tools kill dead spots

    08 Feb 2006

    Article -  AirMagnet this week announced a pair of tools it says can ease wireless site surveys and also find more than a dozen different devices that could be running interference, virtually eliminating dead zones.

  • 802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation

    Chapter Download -  This chapter outlines the physical logistics of installing a wireless network into a building. Concerns regarding the architecture and layout of the building are addressed, so that you can plan appropriately.

  • Installing and configuring access points

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    Book Chapter -  The largest hurdle toward getting your wireless LAN (WLAN) up and running is the configuration of your access points (APs) and wireless clients. Chapter 5 of Cisco 802.11 Wireless Networking Quick Reference by Toby Velte and Anthony Velte explains how to...

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