In the example above, the engineer completing the site survey was primarily concerned with the physical layout of the project area. By contrast, a wireless site survey is concerned with the suitability of a structure for a new or upgraded wireless network.

Many companies have a wireless site survey conducted prior to moving into a new location. If a network overhaul at an existing location is required, a wireless site survey could help identify new issues that have arisen since the last site survey.

An engineer performing a wireless site survey will take the following steps:

Survey the physical layout of the structure to identify potential installation locations for wireless access points (WAP’s).
Analyze any radio frequency (RF) interference that could result in dead-zones or slow network connections.
Confirm that a stable connection to the service provider’s Network Operations Center (NOC) is installed and configured at the property.
Consider equipment heating and cooling concerns to prevent Servers overheating, or uncomfortable workspace adjacent to Server stacks and other network hardware.
Identify any potential physical or RF interferences that could impact Quality of Service (QoS)