Wireless

San Antonio Wifi Installation & Network Services

Wireless Deployment & Solutions for Companies and Municipal Organizations

The wireless networking 802.11ac Wave 1 and 802.11ac Wave 2 market are growing rapidly as businesses discover the productivity benefits of going wire-free. The increased mobility that WiFi networks offer has proved beneficial in operations throughout manufacturing facilities, warehouses, transportation depot, hotels, airports, hospitals, colleges, large enterprises, convention centers cities/municipalities as well as rural areas. Within the corporation, conference rooms, public areas, and branch offices constitute ideal venues for wireless LANs (WLANs).

 

Alpha Net’s Wireless / WiFi Installation & Services 

  • Enterprise WiFi Hotspots 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2
  • Outdoor Broadband Wireless / WiFi (including municipal and rural wireless)
  • Wifi Cellular Boost / Signal Enhancement / Amplifiers Repeaters Installation
  • In-Building Cellular and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)
  • Wireless / WiFi For Multimedia (business telephone / voip, CCTV, hand held scanners, point of sale / POS, digital signage, paging and music systems, etc.)
  • High Capacity WiMAX
  • Multi-Service Mesh Networks
  • Point to Point Wireless
  • Point to Multi-Point Wireless
  • Fixed Wireless Access
  • Wireless VOIP
  • Mobile Wireless Access
  • Wireless Video Surveillance
  • Public Safety Solutions

Common applications include:

  • Business customer aggregation
  • Enterprise/Campus Inter-building Connectivity
  • City-wide Municipal Networks
  • Wireless Backhaul/Circuit Replacement

Wireless / WiFi Equipment
Alpha Net is "vendor agnostic" therefore we can install any wireless network / WiFi equipment from practically any wireless / WiFi vendor.

Cisco Wave 2

Wireless / WiFi Network Types Include:

  • 802.11n
  • 802.11ac Wave 1
  • 802.11ac Wave 2
  • Wireless Mesh
  • Mobile WiMAX
  • Broadband / 3G Cellular Data

WiFi / WLAN Network Design / Engineering

Deployment of a wireless network requires careful planning. Business requirements and objectives need to be evaluated and a site survey must be undertaken to determine possible sources of interference. WiFi Networks can be tricky to implement in high interference areas, be incompatible with existing equipment and can open up security risks. WLANs are best used in addition to - rather than a replacement to wired networks. Our engineers will assure proper planning when designing and implementing your wireless network. The complexity of your network will vary depending on the obstacles within and the size of your facility.

RF Tests & Site Surveys

A site survey is always performed first. This is a physical survey of the customer's premises to locate the best possible places to install access points and ensure 100% wireless coverage and optimum performance.
Before installing any wireless devices we perform a radio frequency (RF) test in order to better understand the behavior of radio waves within a facility. This is recommended because various obstacles such as doors, walls, elevator shafts and people might affect the radio frequency pattern, causing it to be irregular and unpredictable. Even if you are using omni-directional antennas, radio waves do not travel the same distance in all directions. The RF test can also detect any radio interference that might come from other sources and could affect the performance of the wireless LAN negatively. The ultimate goal of the site survey and RF test is to help determine the number and placement of the access points.

Below is a list of activities that one might expect during an installation:

 

  • Mounting of antennas
  • Connection of antennas to access points
  • Connection of Backbone LAN to access points
  • Connection of power to access points
  • Installation and connection of remote power system
  • Verification of coverage

 

Configuration of access points and hardware to include:

 

  • Proper firmware level
  • Radio information (SSID, channel, bit rate)
  • IP addresses
  • Verification of backbone connectivity

 

The Advantages of WiFi Networks / WLANs

Mobility
the most obvious and significant advantage of WiFi networks. Workers can access shared resources without looking for a cable and a place to plug in.
Range of coverage
coverage of a WLAN node can be extended by the use of access points.
Ease of use
users need very little information to take advantage of a WLAN because it is transparent to a user's network operating system
Installation speed and flexibility
installation of a WLAN system can be fast and easy and can eliminate the need to pull cable through walls and ceilings. Furthermore, wireless LAN enables networks to be set up where wires might be impossible to install.
Scalability
Wireless networks can be designed to be extremely simple or complex. Wireless/WiFi networks can support large numbers of nodes and large physical areas by adding access points to extend coverage.
Reduced cost of ownership
particularly in dynamic environments requiring frequent modifications' thanks to minimal cabling and installation costs per device and user. WLANs simplify moving, additions, and changes, the indirect costs of user downtime and administrative overhead are reduced.