October 14, 2019

Choosing the Right In-building Wireless Solution for My Building

Step 1: Realize that you need an in-building wireless system (IBW) in your building. COMPLETE!

Step 2: Deciding which IBW solution you need.

With multiple IBW options to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to understand which one would best fit your building.  DAS or D-RAN? What’s the difference between the two? Which one should I choose?

We made it easy for you.

Key Differences Between DAS and D-RAN

*assumes local, ac power is available

DAS has carrier equipment and radios centrally located in the headend which feeds into third-party DAS equipment that shares remote amplifiers distributed throughout the facility.

D-RAN removes the third-party equipment and distributes the carrier radios throughout the facility in place of the third-party radios.

The biggest difference between DAS & D-RAN is where the majority of the carrier-specific equipment is located, (i.e., headend and/or IDF).

As a venue owner you want to ask yourself, “What kind of user density and data traffic capacity does my venue require?  Do I have the right space available to accommodate either a DAS or DRAN solution?  Do I have and/or am I willing to give up a large central “data center” type room?  Is my IDF/riser closet space and power limited?

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