A detailed hardware requirement list should have:
Wireless equipment needed
Supporting infrastructure upgrades
- RF Validation for the installed wireless network
- Co channel interference and appropriate channel separation
- Power levels are consistent with site survey
- If designing for AP failover or designing to RRM
- RF Coverage (band by band)
- Roaming audit
- Airmagnet can be used in active and also using IPERF
- Wireless Infrastructure
- If designing especially globally, verify channel allocation is consistent
- For 5 GHz band, make sure that the clients support all those UNI bands.Verify that RRM is consistent with what was achieved during survey
- Application testing
- Validate all layers 1 through 7
Installation Report / Deliverables
This report describes the deployment methodology and the tests that were performed to validate the installation.
The report should include the following:
- Spectrum analysis
- RF coverage analysis
- Hardware placement and configuration
- Application analysis – Includes results from application throughput testing
Cables and Hardware
Include the following details.
- Cable maps for each floor and building.
- Cable testing reports
- Test of all pair combinations to 100 MHz for Category 5E
- Test of all pair combinations to 250 MHz for Category 6
- Measurement of near-end crosstalk
- Measurement of attenuation
- Test of return loss, resistance, and impedance
- Test of length of cable (If the cable exceeds 100 meters, the test fails)
- Test of capacitance and crosstalk
- Performance of a wire map test to ensure that no pairs are crossed and that all pairs are terminated correctly
- Physical AP placement and physical placement to the switch
- Additional infrastructure that was added
- WCS, MSE and other hardware specific to the deployment should be added.
Software and Configuation
- Serial, software, model, IP and location should be included for all devices used
- Softcopies of configuration
- Licences used for the installation
- Include maps of the facility displaying coverage levels
- Include both active and passive survey reports
- Survey findings, conclusions and recommendations
- Include best practise for AP deployments
- Vendor Recommendations – It is recommended to stick to one vendor for both surveying and installation. This is because most vendors have different thresholds.
- Implementation diagrams – a wireless topology map that illustrates where the access points will be installed and how the wireless network will be integrated into the existing wired infrastructure. AP placement, segmentation, and layer 3 boundaries will all be clearly defined.
- Bill of materials – itemizes every hardware and software component necessary for the final installation of the wireless network.
- Project schedule and costs – A detailed deployment schedule should be drafted that outlines all timelines, equipment costs, and labor costs
- Security solution recommendations – Includes All aspects of authentication, authorization, accounting, encryption, and segmentation.
- Wireless policy recommendations
- Training recommendations for customer’s network personnel and even end users.
- CCNP Wireless (642-732 CUWSS) Quick Reference Guide by Jerome Henry
- IPexpert’s CCNP CUWSS Wireless Voice on Demand (642-731)
- CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Study Guide by David D. Coleman and David A. Wesrcott.