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site survey without AirWave

Hi.

Is it possible to conduct a site survey using access points and controller without AirWave?

I want to measure real (not estimated) signal levels in production environment and put it on floor plan.

Re: site survey without AirWave

Yes, you'd typically use something like airmagnet or ekahau survey software.  Those are fairly pricey though.


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Re: site survey without AirWave

Yes. You could do it manually or use a tool like AirMagnet or Ekahau.

Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
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Re: site survey without AirWave

What about free tools or any way to do it directly from controller?

Can Visual RF Planner do that?

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Re: site survey without AirWave

Visual RF Plan is predictive. There are no accurate free tools.

If you have RF background, you can do it without tools.

Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
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Re: site survey without AirWave

OK. Thanks.

Re: site survey without AirWave

You can also consider getting an IAP and using spectrum analysis.
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Re: site survey without AirWave

For any survey tool, you need a way to load floor plans, a way to collect different SNRs, and have those combined, interpolated, and represeted in a graphical way (ala Heatmaps), and needs to be easy to setup and run. An IAP with Spectrum gives you decent point-survey tools, but does nothing for floor plans and visualization.

 

If you are using a mac, I cannot recomment highly enough Netspot (http://www.netspotapp.com/). it's $150 for the pro, is SUPER easy, makes good graphs, etc. So long as you don't need the tools and capabilities of Fluke/AirMagnet, this is a perfect tool IMHO and I use it often.

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