Wireless To-Do List

How to Implement Wireless Networking In Discrete or Process Settings

By Jim Montague, Executive Editor

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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