When Cutovers Cause Chaos By Barbara A. Grothe

With over 25 years' experience in implementing and managing carrier and client telecom projects at The BAZ Group, we have certainly seen it all. And while each project carries its own unique challenges, if there is one thing we have learned, when it comes to carrier cutovers, if anything can go wrong, it most definitely will. They say that experience is the best teacher, and nowhere is that more true than in Wi-Fi installs and upgrades.

Prepare and Plan

Wi-Fi upgrades present unique challenges in implementations. The need for the proper installation of access points (AP) requires that implementation documents include a detailed, complete, and current floor-plan, properly marked as to AP location placement. Simplified floor plans or even "eyeballing it" is the quickest way to invite Murphy's Law into a project. Ceiling heights, shielding, and even unknown structural metal can cause blockages in signal, leading to "scope creep" for additional AP requirements.

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