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Using Wireless as the First Connection to the Enterprise Network Requires Adoption of WLAN Best Practices

Published: 23 May 2017

ID: G00326515

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman , Danilo Ciscato, Bill Menezes , Christian Canales


To address challenges presented by the increasing enterprise requirement for wireless to be the first connection for devices to the network, I&O leaders must use these WLAN best practices. Otherwise, they risk having to "rip and replace" the entire campus network.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Define the Expected "End-User" and "Things" Experience
    • Define End-User Performance
    • Define Transaction Density
    • Define the Quantity and Types of Devices
    • Define Where Connectivity Is Expected
    • Define How Upstream Wired Connectivity Will Be Implemented
    • Define All Nonradio Resources That Are Needed to Deploy
  • Define the Required Network Service Applications
    • Network Management
    • Security
    • Guest Access and Policy Enforcement
    • Location-Based Services
    • Analytics
    • Network Assurance
  • Evaluate the Project Intangibles
    • Managed Services
    • Regulation Reporting
    • Warranty
    • Service Plans
    • Vendor Roadmaps
  • Validate the Network Design

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