Coverage vs density

When planning a wireless network it is good to consider saving money by minimising the number of wireless Access Points (APs).

This strategy will also reduce cabling costs, the quantity of switch ports and the associated engineering resources.

A wireless survey will check performance and ensure devices will connect to your network, so everything is looking good.

So you accept the proposal and everything goes well with your new system, until you start increasing the number of wireless devices!

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If you plan your network based on coverage, as you increase the quantity of users, you will then discover that more devices are sharing the connection and so performance will suffer.

Adding new APs becomes more of an issue, as your original design will need to be re-evaluated and this could result in moving some existing APs (and associated cabling) to accommodate the changes.

With your initial project you would have received the best discount levels (including project discounts from the manufacturer), so buying one or two extra APs may be subject to additional costs.

This may get even worse if it results in additional switches to support the PoE requirements.


We recommend careful planning and consideration to a higher density of APs than may be initially desired, as this will provide the best long term solution.

It may be considered too expensive, so you may opt to implement a revised design.

Our expertise of delivering best value is beneficial when considering the long term costs of your wireless infrastructure.

Invite us in to discuss your requirements, to discover how we help save you money and boost performance.


A “coverage” solution is ideal for a small numbers of devices, as it offers the lowest cost solution.

The higher density solution provides the best long term solution if you are considering a greater density of devices, especially for a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme.



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