C3-Wireless, a consulting service company specializing in mission-critical wireless networking services, was selected by the Online News Association for the third straight year to implement a reliable Wi-Fi system at their yearly conference of more than 3,000 attendees. To support the extremely high density of users it was critical for C3-Wireless to shape the network with better bandwidth to provide a higher quality experience.
As a premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists producing news for digital presentation and media, the Online News Association demands strenuous amounts of bandwidth to accommodate multiple devices for each attendee. Due to the hotel venues insufficient network infrastructure, C3 Wireless was relied upon to improvise with its own network solutions to meet the high demands of the growing technology in digital journalism.
C3-Wireless successfully met the challenge from start to finish, including modeling the site, performing a pre-installation survey, running all cabling, installing and configuring the access points and antennas, and validating the solution.
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.