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ICT Today October/November/December 2022

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October/November/December 2022 I 15 • Provide an installation that offers a built-in, easy migration path to future WAPs. The need will arise when the current wireless equipment is exchanged for newer advanced equipment (Figures 6, 7, 8). • Choose a lockable installation method for the prevention of tampering (Figures 6, 7, 8). • Simplify hospital ICRA procedures with a ceiling installation method permitting access to the installed equipment without opening the above ceiling space. Use a ceiling enclosure in the critical environments requiring a barrier between the work- space and the above ceiling space (Figures 6, 7, 8). • Select an installation method that will satisfy aesthetic requirements, blending into the environment. • Provide consistency in the look and function of the installation throughout the facility, as well as ease of operational support. CONCLUSION Future generations of Wi-Fi technology introduce a significant increase in throughput and bandwidth for wireless networks across all industry segments. The need to reconceptualize the physical layer infrastruc- ture is essential to supporting future Wi-Fi performance improvements. When the time comes to upgrade the Wi-Fi network, simply swapping out the existing WAPs may not be adequate enough to achieve the full performance of the upgraded Wi-Fi equipment. Upgrading the cabling system and WAP installation methods should be considered during current design planning to ensure full WAP performance and ease of operational support of the Wi-Fi network. The cabling system design should incorporate all available industry recommended standards to ensure the longevity of the cabling installation. Additionally, it is recommended to adopt new and improved WAP installation methods that provide a consistent look and serviceability features There have been eight iterations of the Wi-Fi network protocol, with the latest—IEEE 802.11ax— released in 2019. Each iteration has been faster and more reliable than its predecessor. throughout the building. Furthermore, implementing modern WAP instal- lation hardware that offers adaptability, security, aesthetic requirements, and optimal performance of the WAP will help to seamlessly deploy future upgrades. In conclusion, the physical layer infrastructure should be designed today to support effortlessly the technologies of the future. AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES: Patti Fisher, RCDD, DCDC, OSP, RTPM, WD is a technology and security designer for NV5. A BICSI member for more than 20 years, she has been a BICSI volunteer since 2005. She is currently secretary for the Standards Committee and vice chair of the Codes Subcommittee. She was BICSI Woman of the Year in 2020. She can be reached at patti.fisher@NV5.com. Bree Murphy, RCDD, is an ICT professional with more than 30 years of experience managing, training, and presenting for Oberon, a Chatsworth company. She is an accredited 24-year BICSI member, accomplished RCDD, and actively contributing committee volunteer for the BICSI International Standards program. Bree develops material and delivers presentations at BICSI events and various other technology forums. Bree specializes in the end-user enterprise markets, including working with design and engineering professionals. She can be reached at bam@oberonwireless.com. REFERENCES: 1. "Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E drive global market opportunities," Wi-Fi Alliance, 11 May 2022.

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