Wireless To-Do List

Nov. 4, 2013
How to Implement Wireless Networking In Discrete or Process Settings
About the Author

Jim Montague is the executive editor for Control. Email him at [email protected].

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."

About the Author

Jim Montague | Executive Editor, Control

Jim Montague is executive editor of Control. He can be contacted at [email protected].