Wireless To-Do List

How to Implement Wireless Networking In Discrete or Process Settings

By Jim Montague, Executive Editor

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To begin implementing wireless networking in most, if not all, discrete or process settings, there are some common, primary steps:

• Evaluate application's present and future performance requirements.

• Check existing wired and any wireless networks and upgrade overall, facility-wide communication integration plans.

• Perform complete wireless site assessment and RF survey to evaluate physical settings and possible interference sources.

• Try out antennas and test locations for stable coverage and best signal transmission and reception.

• Implement wireless components and network to meet application's present requirements, but allow for future expansion.

• Teach operators and other staff maintenance and troubleshooting skills for wireless.

This article is a part of the Industrial Networking Quarter 4 cover story, "Wireless Makes It Simple."

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