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SEL Number: 04HW-03-NETD
Title: Components, Networking, Deployable

Last Updated: 2/29/2024 6:32:02 PM

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Description: Networking devices such as routers, switches, and wireless access points that are designed for forward deployment during incident response. These devices may include functionality such as Power over Ethernet (PoE) or uninterruptable power supplies (UPS). Units may combine functionality, such as a satellite IP modem, wireless, and wired connections, or a router that also provides PoE for hardwired connections and has built-in UPS. These components are often ruggedized or otherwise designed for field deployment (including mesh networking) and are intended to assist in rapid deployment of wired and wireless network capability for incident command centers and other forward deployment activities.

ImportantFeatures: These devices generally have a small form factor and are ruggedized as either "industrial" or "military" units. They are not usually designed for traditional rack or desktop use and will include surface mounting hardware. In some cases, waterproof connectors are utilized. Integrated UPS is a common feature. POE is increasingly common, but the specifications for POE should be checked carefully to ensure compatibility with other equipment (some WAP vendors, for example, use specific POE switches that are not compatible with other devices such as IP phone systems).

Look for remote management capability, which will be particularly important for routers and combination equipment.

Operating Considerations: Networking requirements should be mission-driven, and should take operating environment (urban vs rural, weather, potential RF interference) into account. This is particularly important when deploying combination units (e.g., WAPs with integrated surveillance cameras) to ensure reliable connectivity.

As long as backwards compatibility is verified, core components should be purchased with highest possible performance (e.g., Wifi-6/7 for WAPs) even if some existing user devices cannot fully utilize the capability. Individual devices can be upgraded later.

Consider Internet connectivity. If used in conjunction with a mobile command post, these devices may join an existing wi-fi network or hard-wire into a satellite link. They may also have built-in wireless WAN capability (4G LTE, 5G, etc.). A provider account will be required, such as FirstNet or an offering from a commercial provider.

Training Requirements: Per manufacturer's specifications.
Initial Training: Minimal (<1 day)
Sustainment Training: None

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