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1. Recognize Inherent Challenges
Is your WFH client using the Internet to access word documents
on a cloud server or is he/she logging into financial
records on a corporation's local VPN? In light commercial applications,
the use cases are even more disparate. For example,
there are few similarities between the networking needs
of a doctor's office compared to a restaurant. The types of
devices connected, the security parameters required, and
the number of users vary widely.
Bottom line: There are few opportunities for repeatable
designs, so you'll likely need more resources - time and manpower
- to succeed.
2. Identify Users & Use Cases
In a typical household setting, the network needs to support
a certain number of family members and guests. A home office
changes everything. That same residential network likely
won't be able to provide the level of connectivity and security
required of a WFH employee. Chances are, you'll need to
assign the office to its own VLAN or even its own ISP should
the client require super-tight security. Either way, a dedicated
VLAN ensures ample bandwidth for conducting Zoom calls,
streaming live presentations, downloading and uploading large
files, and other business matters. Plus, the VLAN boosts security
to help prevent viruses, malware and other cyber-threats
from infiltrating the office.
This same logic applies to light commercial applications.
Is your customer a bank where each meeting room should
function on its own VLAN or is it a retail boutique where prioritization
and bandwidth are less stringent? Is the customer
a small office that entertains few guests or a gym where many
visitors come and go? Get a handle on the users and the use
cases to commission the appropriate network security and
prioritization protocols.
3. Determine Connected Devices
What type of network devices does your WFH customer need
to access? A printer, desktop computer, laptop computer and
smartphone? Or, do they need to also connect to a surveillance
camera at the front door or a distributed audio system?
Is work conducted in the office only or sometimes on the
patio, kitchen, and other places? The more devices, the more
bandwidth. The more roaming, the greater the coverage. Make
sure you have a clear idea of the devices on the roadmap
before you lay the networking pavement.
Device diversity is the only aspect that can be easier to
gauge in light commercial. Typically, employees access the
same equipment from the same type of devices. Also, unlike a
WFH environment where family members introduce new devices
to the network frequently, commercial settings maintain
cepro.com
The integrator designed a networking solution using a heat
map and spec'd Access Networks Wi-Fi 6 access points
every 1,200 feet to ensure reliable coverage.
a relative status quo. Still, be sure to conduct a thorough analysis
and build in headroom to account for devices or people
you may have missed. " It's common to underestimate, " says
Jason Barth, CEO and principal designer at Carmel, Ind.-based
integrator The Premier Group (see sidebar). " Each person who
walks into the business could be carrying four or more Wi-Fienabled
devices, so based on who's visiting and how frequently,
the number of devices the network needs to support can
fluctuate dramatically. "
4. Hardwire. Always. Without Question.
Connectivity speed, reliability, and security are always better
when devices and access points are hardwired to the LAN.
Deploy networks with this mantra in mind, advises Holmes:
" Wi-Fi is designed for convenience; hardwired connections
are used for performance. " Client devices perform better and
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