It’s likely that your business already has WiFi. But when your wireless requirements were first spec’d, the original WiFi design probably didn’t consider things like smartphones and tablets. Additionally, take a look at the latest laptops and you’ll see an interesting phenomenon — many of them are now rolling off the manufacturing floors without Ethernet ports. While you can purchase Ethernet port adapters, most will simply want to connect wirelessly.
Suddenly, your WiFi network is more important that your wired network. It’s likely that your wireless capacity and coverage is not sufficient. But where should you start?
You could do a WiFi site survey yourself, but you need to have the proper hardware/software to do so — which can get very expensive. For example, the most well-respected WiFi site survey software on the market, Fluke AirMagnet Survey Pro, will set you back $4000. On top of that, you need a laptop with a compatible WiFi adapter. So you’ll looking at $5K right out of the gate. Plus you need someone that knows how to use the software. After factoring the costs and resources needed, many companies become disenfranchised.
A much better approach that I highly recommend is to contract a professional wireless site survey. The cost of surveying a building will be a fraction of what it would cost you if you did it yourself. Plus, you know that you have qualified technicians that know what they’re doing. And considering that WiFi is becoming increasingly important, it’s the perfect time to get this done.