Wi-Fi is a Passion


Designing for vertical markets

This blog will be a summarization of some important notes that should be taken in to account for designing for the specific vertical market.

High Density/Large public venues (like stadiums)
Those networks need more access points for capacity, but on a lower output power to create smaller cells. To improve capacity, you should implement band steering and load balancing. To deploy more access points, you should take into consideration directional antennas.

This industry needs security to protect patient information. In healthcare, there are many mobile devices, like VoIP handsets. There needs to be guest Wi-Fi implemented. There will be lead lined walls and other special building materials that will affect the RF propagation.

When they are in old buildings, the walls can be made from concrete. You probably need some content filtering or BYOD for student’s laptops, tablets, and phones they will use during classes. Also, in elementary school you see more laptops or tablets for students.

There will be a lot of shelving that affects the RF propagation and using of barcode scanners. The barcode scanners can be still 802.11b devices.

For hospitality guest access is very important. This access can be free or paid. The rooms, can be sound proof. It is possible that you need to do hall deployments because a requirement can be no access points in hotel rooms.

In open areas, MIMO will not have benefits, because there are no objects. For antenna types, you see most of the time directional or sector types and the access points should be ruggedized.

Public Hotspots
Captive portal for guest user access with or without paying. For security, you should disable client-to-client traffic. Advise to use VPN connections for the users that use this connection and include a disclaimer of responsibility/liability.

Government deployments
Must comply with government orders and regulations and have strict security requirements. May have long approval time windows, and may constrain upgrades for several months or even years while awaiting new orders that comply with hardware and software.