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Best Practices for Managing Wireless Networks

on ‎07-14-2014 12:30 AM

By Juliano Forti, Global Product Line Manager, HP Networking


Juliano Forti

What a month it has been in Brazil. I enjoyed the World Cup 2014 final on Sunday, which pitted Germany versus Argentina.  Even though my beloved Brazilian team wasn’t be there, the tournament was very exciting to watch and I enjoyed it all the way.


As photos, video, and status updates are uploaded to social networks and more, IT professionals at the stadiums must take wireless network strength into account. In my previous post I examined the considerations necessary for high density networks deployed specifically in stadiums like the ones in Brazil, where HP has deployed equipment in Porto Alegre, Manaus, and Curitiba. These considerations have proven to be true, as WiFi data coming from the group matches played in June that over 2.6 million data communications were made.


In this post, I will take a look at the best practices for managing high density networks after deployment during a main event like the World Cup. Check it out:

  1. Observe the Number of Users per Access Point: Quick connectivity is important, especially during a big World Cup game when fans want to share content quickly. Monitoring the number of users per access point through HP’s Intelligent Management Center (IMC) and running live-time reports is absolutely critical so fans don’t complain. This was something we did in the stadiums to ensure that match attendees could connect easily, freely, and quickly.

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    Figure 1: The WLAN Manager Gives Information On the State of the Network

  2. Actively Monitor Networks Real-Time: As there are many people in a particular venue, being able to address a technical issue at the source instead fixing problems after they arise. Inside IMC there is a Wireless Map that can identify issues real-time, observe application usage load, and allow IT professionals to manage them before they become bigger issues.  If you are wondering why your network might be experiencing slow network speeds, check out this video.
  3. Using Wireless Management to Optimize Coverage: Access point placement is a critical part of planning any event. If access points are placed within a building or area, it’s important that they are placed away from walls or barriers that can prevent the transmission of signal. IT professionals can adjust signal direction through IMC’s Wireless Service Manager (WSM) tool, which can help adjust coverage and suggest the best areas to place access points.
  4. Application of Interference Detection Software: In addition to placing access points at the right area, IT professionals must also take into account the devices that might interfere with the quality of a wireless network. Applying the IMC WSM Spectrum Guard Manager to the network minimizes interference between mobile devices and other electronic devices.

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    Figure 2: Signal Interference

  5. Analyze the Data Post-Event: At the event’s conclusion it’s an important best practice to take a look at the reports on areas where the network performed well and poorly. IMC offers a suite of reports that are customized and visual, so IT professionals get the best knowledge of how to improve their network for next time.

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Figure 3: Sample report


With much of this knowledge in hand, you can see how IMC can assist you in managing a high density network, whether you’re deploying for an event as large as the World Cup, or something a little smaller like your business’ remote branches. Managing your network is not a spectator sport however, and we invite you to download a free 60 day trial of IMC which includes a complete and unlocked version of the software.


We’ll be saying adeus on Sunday to what has been a great tournament. I’ve no doubt enjoyed my time watching a solid tournament while sharing the experience as well as networking best practices in these blog posts. See you in 4 years in Sochi, and vá Brasil!


<< Previous Blog: 5 Considerações Inteligentes (Intelligent Considerations) for High Density Networks

Five planning considerations for IT and venue managers before deploying high density WLAN networks.


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on ‎08-01-2014 07:19 AM

Hey Juliano,


Great article. Thanks for that. 


I shared my best practice tips on MSM here:




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