Washington DC, Progressive Office Cabling
Written by Stu Kushner

Basics of Effective Wireless Implementation for Warehouses – Part 1

Nowadays warehouses and distribution centers are under increased pressure to move goods at greater speeds while minimizing mistakes. To meet this demand, facilities must have a dependable and fast wireless network. Unfortunately, surveys have found that approximately 70% of warehouses managed by SMEs (small and mid-sized enterprises) have problems with their wireless networks.

 

Professionals who have overhauled problematic or outdated wireless systems have amassed valuable insights that can help us better understand why networks perform poorly and are undependable. The following will discuss the basics of effective wireless implementation for warehouses.

 

Benefits From Reliable Wireless Infrastructure

 

A dependable wireless network will increase efficiency by minimizing the delays and errors arising from the frequent disconnections of handheld devices, laptops, tablets, and wireless printers. Thus, organizations that installed wireless infrastructure using best practices and industrial-grade equipment will have an advantage over competitors who did not.

 

Another benefit is readiness for new technology. Being future-proofed will allow a company to support more initiatives promoting greater mobility and speed when processing tasks inside a warehouse. Staff will be better able to implement solutions such as RFID (radio frequency identification) and IoT (Internet of Things) that will transform the industry.

 

The following will discuss best practices that will help ensure the success of an organization’s wireless implementation and operations for its warehouses.

 

Infrastructure Planning & Design

 

The two most common reasons for poor installation and implementation of wireless infrastructure are inadequate know-how and insufficient planning. Both can lead to creating a network with bad wireless coverage. Thorough planning and solid design are essential for building an effective wireless network.

 

This includes the standardization of equipment, which promotes stability and reliability. Thus, every wireless device that will be connecting to the wireless network should be an identical model, ensuring they have the same technical characteristics. Often overlooked, the best IT practice remains KISS, which asks designers to “keep it simple, stupid.”

 

Part 2 will discuss Five Essential Practices for Design, and Platform & Architecture.

 

Progressive Office Cabling

 

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About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.