Chances are you have a consumer-grade wireless router at home and it works pretty well for you. This might lead you to question if top-of-the-line enterprise class networking is really necessary, or are you just paying for the brand name. When it comes to mission-critical networks, you will end up getting what you pay for.
For a features standpoint, the consumer-grade or lower-tier "professional-grade" gear often offer more bells and whistles than the high-end, purpose-driven equipment. The idea is to sell the sizzle, hoping that you won't notice the beef is chuck steak vs. Kobe. Marketers through out lots of acronyms and talk about how fast their solution can operate, etc. so when you do a side-by-side comparison it is hard to tell any difference between different solutions.
While both a high-end Cisco access point and a budget vendor access point may be certified to run the same data rates, the big difference is how reliably they do so. When a small group of users are connected and requesting small amounts of data, both solutions work just fine. But when hundreds of users are simultaneous connected transmitting thousands of packets and Gigabytes of data, that is when the cheaper solutions fail. And they fail at the worst possible moment.
So when choosing a solution, first understand how it will be used. If it is an amenitiy, then you can probably save some money, however if you cannot afford for your network to fail, a highly-reliable system will be a necessary investment.
Anyone can claim they do wireless site surveys, including those that walk around using free utilities that check for basic signal strength, without any training or understanding of how wireless works. That may be fine if you only need basic Internet connectivity, but if your network supports mission-critical applications, you need a professional-grade solution.
Our methodologies are what differentiate us from our competition. We start with the belief that combining the best tools and training with years of experience leads to the best wireless solutions available. Our formula for success includes the following:
Expert Certified Personnel
We start with a commitment to having the best trained personnel possible. We only employ or contract with Certified Wireless Network Professionals (CWNP).
We are proud to be a member of the prestigious CWNE roundtable, an exclusive committee of wireless experts dedicated to developing the highest level and most respect vendor-neutral certification in the wireless industry, as well as writing technical whitepapers.
Predictive models, also known as virtual site surveys allow us to efficiently and accurately identify the number of access points required, as well as their initial placement and configuration. Modeling is ideal for creating "what if" scenarios that show us the effects of changes in real time. Our designs always start with a model which we then validate.
RF Spectrum Analysis
Because wireless networks operate in unlicensed frequencies, potential interference from numerous devices such as microwaves, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, video cameras, etc. can have a significant negative impact. RF spectrum analyzers are the only devices that can identify physical-layer interference, and no onsite wireless site survey is complete without this service.
Onsite Site Surveys / Validation
When the highest degree of accuracy is required for your mission-critical applications, there is no substitute for a professional-grade manual site survey.
Our surveys start with temporarily mounting the same access points and antennas that will be permanently installed. We then use professional-grade software to test not only for signal strength, but Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) to test the signal's viability, interference and data rates. Our thorough approach is the most accurate solution available.
Our reports spell out the facts, and leave no doubt in the customer's mind as to what the wireless network does or will look like.