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Blaze have been implementing and supported wireless infrastructures in hundreds of different environments for many years, our security focus and deep understanding of networking has meant that our wireless implementations provide the very best in reliability, coverage, bandwidth and features.

How Blaze WiFi Networks are Designed to Perform

Unlike a fixed (wired) network, a wireless network’s coverage can improve or deteriorate in line with changes in the environment that it is used in, such as challenges in penetrating physical objects. Blaze provide proactive monitoring from our UK-based Network Operations Centre (NOC) and we can provide proactive support for the most demanding wireless environments.

As an example, proactive monitoring allows us to observe changes in a distribution centre’s stock level as the environmental challenge varies. (Because stock levels change in quantity and density throughout the year this can subsequently change the coverage of the wireless infrastructure). It’s our capability in understanding the most challenging environments that set us aside from our competition and why customers choose us to design and proactively monitor their network.

Unlike most WiFi providers, Blaze’s choice of technology means protection and security are central to the products we use in our solutions. Wireless networks have been - and still are - very prone to security vulnerabilities. Over the years our security first approach means our customers’ investment is protected to the best possible standard; providing security technologies like intrusion prevention and antivirus scanning at the wireless layer. Additionally, proactive support though our NOC and our approach to internal vulnerability scanning means you are protected to the best possible levels not just by the technology, but by the Blaze people monitoring and maintaining your network.

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WiFi Segmentation

By driving with security first we provide segmentation planning as a fundamental first step to the planned wireless network. Segmentation planning is key to any secure network infrastructure: defining areas that should be isolated or restricted from each other. This ensures that in the event of one area being breached by a security vulnerability, the other areas are not affected. Additionally, in some cases, isolation is needed on a per-device basis to maintain privacy. Some common segmentation areas include guest networks, corporate access for staff, staff mobiles, scanners, CCTV, and IOT devices.

WiFi Surveys

Our formula for success is driven by our initial investigation and understanding the customer’s requirements, combined with our recommendations and education in areas that we feel would add value to the customers wireless proposition. When such understanding is achieved only then can surveying commence.

Surveying is required because of differences in component configuration, placement, and physical environment. These mean that every installation is unique. A pre-survey should first define usage requirements and the related coverage areas needed. Once areas are defined, placement and access point quantities can then be considered. There are many further stages to consider when implementing a successful wireless network - so please contact us to find out more about our approach.

When performing a WiFi site survey, we consider the following operating and environmental conditions:

  • Data rates – sensitivity and range are inversely proportional to data bit rates. At maximum radio range the lowest workable data rate is achieved. A decrease in receiver threshold sensitivity occurs as the radio data increases.
  • Antenna type and placement – Proper antenna configuration is a critical factor in maximizing radio range. As a general rule, range increases in proportion to antenna height.
  • Physical environment – Clear or open areas provide better radio range than closed or filled areas. Also, the less cluttered the work environment, the greater the range.
  • Obstructions – A physical obstruction such as metal shelving or a steel pillar can hinder performance of wireless devices. Avoid locating the devices in a location where there is a metal barrier between the sending and receiving antennas.
  • Building materials – Radio penetration is greatly influenced by the building material used in construction. For example, drywall construction allows greater range than concrete blocks. Metal or steel construction is a barrier to radio signals.

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WiFi Solutions for Different Environments

Blaze have implemented solutions in office environments, large distribution centres and event locations. Due to the diversity of implementations we successfully completed over the years we are confident that we can meet your requirements today and as your network evolves over the years. 

Our solution portfolio is broken into three different areas which address very different environmental challenges. These are:

  • Integrated
  • Cloud
  • Infrastructure

Integrated

Where Access Points (APs) are integrated with the customers perimeter firewall. In addition to consolidating all the functions of a network firewall, IPS, anti-malware, VPN, WAN optimization, Web filtering, and application control in a single platform, the firewall which Blaze provides also has an integrated Wi-Fi controller.

Wi-Fi is either integrated directly into the firewall or connected as an access point directly to a firewall; thereby providing comprehensive wireless coverage and a single point of management. This type of deployment model is most often used where a single pain of glass for management, monitoring and logging of the entire network stack is key (whether in a small or large office environment).

Cloud

Based on a special cloud-managed wireless LAN controller which has capabilities unlike any other cloud Wi-Fi offerings in the industry. This integrates with the access points to combine the elements of Unified Threat Management (UTM) protection at the network edge with the simplicity and convenience of cloud management through the Cloud service. This solution is typically used in large distributed business environments like retail and allows for a simplified mass deployment on a wide geographical basis.

Infrastructure

Employs a dedicated locally-hosted Wireless LAN Controller (WLC). The WLC infrastructure which Blaze deploys combines open application appliances with a range of high-performance indoor and outdoor access points.

This is the ideal solution for large, complex business environments, or when an organization needs to separate the access infrastructure from the underlying network’s security infrastructure. With network-controlled roaming, users benefit from the best possible mobility experience. The Infrastructure solution offers multiple channel configuration options and layering to simplify deployment while increasing performance, traffic segmentation, and capacity.

The Infrastructure solution scales for implementation in small, medium, and large businesses of all types. This model is used in complex environments like distribution centres or large very offices.

To discuss how Blaze can help please contact us today.

 

 

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