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Wireless Network Design has become an increasingly complex discipline in just the last 3-4 years. For most of the 21st century, an enterprise wireless network simply meant Wi-Fi connected to a wired Ethernet network. However, today’s IT personnel are faced with an incredibly complex wireless environment – private LTE, private 5G, Matter, LoRa, Bluetooth LE, WWAN, and the many competing faces of Wi-Fi (6, 6E, 7) are making incredible new use cases possible. However, it’s left to IT to determine how these different technologies can interact, integrate, complement, and even augment one another.
Challenges to designing wireless networks
Even when you know which wireless technologies you wish to employ, building a new wireless network, particularly a private network, comes with unique challenges. For example, navigating multiple tools for each wireless technology is an expensive and kludgy approach. It can also be challenging to collaborate across internal teams, with customers and external project stakeholders. If your project has multiple sites, there is often no centralized place to view, access, and share information across many sites and teams. This lack of control or insight often hinders you from making the best decisions for your company.
The result of all these challenges
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