Wifi Design

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As far as Wifi Design, what is tool or reporting is used to help convince management about on the leanist or effective way to have wifi without losing integrity?
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autumn pitts

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Martin Ericson

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Correct implemented security in a WLAN using industry standards/best praxis will make the WiFi part of most notworks more secure than the rest of the system. Most breaks are done by social engineering and users not following policies.
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Raymond Hendrix

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I use tamograph. a lot cheaper than others and has spectrum analysis integrated. (provided you have a DBx stick)
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Crowdie, Champ

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I use Ekahau's Site Survey Pro v7.6.0 or later as it has Keith Parson's improvements and so is more a site survey application for wireless engineers.

For the non-RF design I use a blank HMOL network policy screen and build the design with them on a data projector.
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40% of site survey work is going in and fixing an improperly planned or designed WLAN.  Tools like AirMagnet, TamoGraph, Ekahau are invaluable. If you are going to be deploying many WLANs you need these site survey tools.  If you have only one deployment, hire a qualified WLAN consultant  to help design the WLAN.  Management can pay a little up front or a LOT more later to fix what does not work
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Tracey Riley

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But the question is: how do we accurately convey this to VP level management when they are focused on dollars and cents.  Sometimes it is hard to make this tangible to them.  Any suggestions from your experience that would work most effectively?
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I try to relate wireless issues in a practical way that everybody can understand.  For example I find motorways work well.  A retry is a car crash.  Co-channel interference is two motorways joining together.  Non-WiFi interference is the weather and so on.  Would a motorway planner design new motorways without plans and aerial photography?

Sometimes the penny counters just don't get it and I have walked away from projects because the budget is not suitable for the requirements.