Wireless Design Methodology

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 2.19.45 PMNecessity creates invention and inspiration. I needed to formalize my design methodology to assist with communication to my employers.

I defined the sites into Large, Medium, and Small categories. Defined the sites, prerequisites, and design steps. Every project is a bit different, but I feel that having a framework provides a good place to start the conversation.

What is your Methodology?

Email me at WiFiTodd@gmail.com

Design Methodology:

Campus design methodology

  • Estimated FTE effort for Wireless Engineer 40+ hours
  • Estimated Cost for Wireless Infrastructure Only – TBD
  •  Prerequisites:
    • Finalized electronic blue prints and a scale for reference
    • Unrestricted site access
    • Appropriate billing codes to charge the wireless equipment
    • Information on any unique construction materials used in the building
  • Wireless Access Point installation is done by Telecom Team or 3rd Party Contractor and is not represented in this timeline or process.

Design Process

  • Scope of Work
  • Information Gathering (Architectural diagrams, scale, unique building features, other information)
  • Site Assessment (measurement of unique building features, documented photos of unique features)
  • Wireless design
  • Installation completed by Telecom or 3rd party vendor
  • Deployment/Programing
  • Spot check for RSSI and CCI
  • Adjustment of deployment/programming
  • *Spot check for RSSI and CCI
  • *Adjustment of deployment/programming
  • Validation Survey
  • Documentation

*Last steps in RED can continue until the design reaches an optimal state.

Remote sites <=10,000 Sq Ft

  • Estimated FTE effort for Wireless Engineer 24 hours
  • Estimated Cost for Wireless Infrastructure Only – TBD
  • Prerequisites:
    • Finalized electronic blue prints and a scale for reference
    • Unrestricted site access
    • Appropriate billing codes to charge the wireless equipment
    • Information on any unique construction materials used in the building
  • Wireless Access Point installation is done by Telecom Team or 3rd Party Contractor and is not represented in this timeline or process.

Design Process

  • Information Gathering (Architectural diagrams, scale, unique building features, other information)
  • Wireless design
  • Installation completed by Telecom or 3rd party vendor
  • Deployment/Programming
  • Spot check for RSSI and CCI
  • Adjustment of deployment/programming
  • *Spot check for RSSI and CCI
  • *Adjustment of deployment/programming
  • Validation Survey
  • Documentation

*Last steps in RED can continue until the design reaches an optimal state.

Small remote sites <= 2,000 Sq Ft

  • Estimated FTE effort for Wireless Engineer 4 hours
  • Estimated Cost for Wireless Infrastructure Only – TBD
  • Appropriate billing codes to charge the wireless equipment
  • Wireless Access Point installation is done by Telecom Team or 3rd Party Contractor and is not represented in this timeline or process.
  • The goal is to reduce the project time to the minimum, but also to provide good service.

Design Process

  • Installation completed by Telecom or 3rd party vendor
  • Deployment/Programming
  • Documentation

 

Disclaimer: Not every project will fit into these classifications. The projects and type of work another Wireless Engineer does for other companies or clients might differ as well. For example: High Density (HD) or Very High Density (VHD) concert halls or stadiums would likely not fit into these classifications as the challenges for those environments are vastly different then a Medical Vertical. An All Wireless Office deployment would be different as well. This methodology is currently working for my projects. I am always open to suggestions to improve.

I want to thank Andrew von Nagy for his suggestion to use the Fluke AirCheck to spot check RSSI and CCI before doing the Validation Survey. The use of this tool should speed up the validation process. 

 


One thought on “Wireless Design Methodology

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s