The Internet plays an integral world in our day to day lives today, and staying connected has become a survival necessity for people in the digital age. With our enormous dependence on WIFI, how many of us actually know how to set up our network? Here is a guide on how to do that.
1. Gather Requirements
The first step, and perhaps the most critical, is to gather your network requirements. This step may be the most difficult, but when executed properly, can ensure smooth sailing later on into the process. Take your time to lay out a strong foundation, I promise your hard work will reap its rewards later on. It’ll be a shame if you have to restart the optimisation process because the requirements were not properly laid out at the start.
2. Choose your Network Design
There are about 3 different ways you can design your network, namely by using a predictive, empirical or hybrid method. Each comes with their own pros and cons, so it's best to figure out which design would suit your needs.
The concept of predictive designs involves calculations to get the best estimate. While it is very possible to do an entire network design based on prediction, this method does come with higher risks. However, this method is invaluable for several occasions, such as building material or level of effort estimation.
When you build a network using a predictive model, you probably want to go back to check the accuracy of your prediction, which is precisely where empirical measurement comes in handy. This method involves gathering real data, which helps mitigate large risks. This step is crucial to get an accurate result for your project.
Finally, the hybrid method involves mixing both predictive and empirical designs together. This can take the form of a more simple survey, resulting in moderate risk, cost and effort. However, this method can create a false sense of security, so make sure to follow through with the survey and fact check the data as you go along to avoid any oversight.
3. What Works Best?
In the end, design is about balancing the level of effort with risk versus cost. Unfortunately, no amount of technology or skill can guarantee a guess. Wireless design is about mitigating risk and converting requirements into a design that meets the company’s needs. To ensure the best end result, stay meticulous in your work to avoid any pitfalls in your design.