Gartner Research

Defining the Real Requirements Behind Your Next WLAN

Published: 22 January 2014

ID: G00259597

Analyst(s): Jim Berenbaum


The rising use of laptops, tablets and smartphones serving critical business, BYOD and guest needs requires that WLANs deliver ever-expanding capabilities. Organizations embarking on new or upgraded WLANs must ensure that requirements impacting design and deployment are well-defined and understood.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings

Guidance Context

  • Problem Statement
  • Guidance Applicability

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework: Identify the As-Is Environment
  • Define Connectivity Vision
  • Identify Disruptive Changes
  • Identify the Scope
    • Scope: Where
    • Scope: Who or What
  • Identify the Users
  • Identify Functions and Applications
    • Significant Ancillary Wi-Fi-Based Services
    • Special Network Connectivity Services
  • Identify Client Devices
  • Identify Protection and Access Needs
    • WLAN Access Control
    • Destination Access Control
    • Information Protection
    • Special Protection Requirements
    • Related Infrastructure Protection
  • Identify the Load
  • Other Goals
    • Reliability and Availability
    • Coverage Extent
    • Wireless System Management
    • Roaming
    • Technical Specifications
  • Constraints
    • RF Environment
    • Physical Environment
    • IT Integration
    • Vendor Limitations
  • Follow Up

Risks and Pitfalls

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