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Wifi designs for Warehouse facility environments are very complex and it would be rare if any two facilities are set up the exact same. While lessons learned can be applied to a predictive design, an extensive site survey should be conducted and is critical for developing a wifi design that works for your warehouse facility. Site surveys that include spectrum analysis of frequencies, assist in gathering a full picture of the warehouse environment, potential interferers, and helps take into account all possible uses or road block. A survey is a key step in developing a balanced wiFi design that will enable full capacity and coverage.

In this article we will talk about some basic considerations you should take into and know about when developing the balanced wifi design for your warehouse facility environment. 

  • Mobility – When completing a warehouse site survey you need to take into consideration the mobility of all the equipment and how many devices are utilized in the space for proper capacity and coverage planning. When operational not only can devices be moving but the operators will be utilizing the WiFi as well at all different access points. Some of the most common moving vehicles found in these environments are small carts, forklifts and trucks in and out of loading docks. Keep in mind you cannot account for how all devices will associate to access points unless you dig deep into their programming. Best Practices here are important.
  • Barriers – Since WiFi uses air to travel other obstructions can cause poor connections or block WiFi all together. It’s important to know what kind of materials and storage will be inside the facility, as well as how often they will be moved around or replaced. It’s important to know what kind of potential barriers are within the environment like metal cages, racks, boxes, shelving but also what is stored within boxes or shelving. 
  • Firmware: Keep your devices and access points up to date. When you have the most up to date firmware you will be up to date with bug fixes and you will be able to utilize the latest functionalities and security features. It’s a good idea to keep regular updates scheduled. 
  • Antennas – You should determine the best antennas for your balanced WiFi design based on the structure of your warehouse. If your building space has high ceilings close to 30 feet and has lots of obstructions such as metal shelving, you will want to lean towards directional antennas. This will allow for each signal to flow down each isle concentrating the signal where devices will be. For a space with a more open floor plan and lower ceilings you should lean towards omni directional antennas. They may provide better overall coverage and signal flow to a floor plan with more space available, but also tend bleed into other spaces, depending on channel and power settings.

There are many considerations in designing the best balanced WiFi for your facility. This is why we recommend taking the time to have a detailed survey of the location done, either internally or by an outsource partner. The location survey will provide a comprehensive picture of the space, how it is utilized and account for the future of the building. This allows for an accurate quote to be generated and a far greater chance of a working WiFi network that does not need constant troubleshooting.

At Nationwide SCS ensures that all projects are surveyed with all considerations in mind so we can provide you the best options and an accurate quote. If you want to learn more about our Wireless LAN services please email Cphelps@nationwidescs.com, or call us at 800-820-8030