Wi-Fi Tools For AP Layout?

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I am Curious what tools do folks use when deciding the layout of AP's for a new site installation? 
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Matt Dwyer

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Bryan Harkins

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If you are going to do a lot of design work using various vendors gear, you should buy a pro tool Eakhau or AirMagnet.  If it is for a single deployment many vendors have design tools built into their products.  You can also go the consultant route and hire a pro that does a lot of this work.  The investment up front will pay off in the long run.


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Thank you for the information Bryan. 
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Bryan Harkins

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Most failed WLAN deployments are due to a poor or non-existent site survey. 
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Tony

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Matt,

Through the HiveManager, we offer our Planning Tool (Tools tab > Planning Tool), or if you reach out to our sales department at 866-918-9918, they can arrange for a site survey.
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Matt Dwyer

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Thank you Tony,  

I wasn't aware that Aerohive did site survey's. 
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David Coleman, Official Rep

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The Aerohive tool is a predictive modeling tool only.  It cannot be used for active RF measurements
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Crowdie, Champ

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I find predictive tools useful for getting a "general feel" for where to start your physical survey but:
  • It is only as accurate as your "assumptions" about wall and other obstruction construction.  Do the floor plans include the bookshelves for example?
  • It cannot detect data rates, non-WiFi interference, transmit and receive retries, neighbouring wireless networks, etc.
Keith Parsons has a great line - "packets never lie".
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Manoah Coenraad, Champ

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Hivemanger planning tool and Airmagnet site survey.
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I like the ekahau pro tool.  it is easy to use and there is tons of help online.
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Hive Manager Site Planning Tool is a good Basis -  Tamograph Site Survey / Air Magnet or Ekahau are some excellent products to test.  They offer free Eval licenses 
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There is a very expensive solution called IBWAVE .. They have patterns for all known wi-fi hardware. 
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David Coleman, Official Rep

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Never heard of IBWAVE.... will have to check it out
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Matthew Gast

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Every IT manager should have a hammer... to smash the rogue APs messing up the site survey.  (This is not made up.  I once had a customer in the financial services business who claimed to smash rogue APs with a mallet right on the employee's desk.  As he said, "I almost never have to do it a second time."  I am still not entirely sure to what extent he was making it up, but it's a good story, so I tell it anyway..)
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It's great to do a sitesurvey using tools as AirMagnet and Ekahau, but in my opinion, a site survey is useless if you do not analyse the spectrum while surveying.

The Aerohive plantool is a great tool to predict coverage by the way, but as we say in Dutch: "Meten is weten" :-)
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Raymond Hendrix

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Try Tamograph Sjoerd, it had spectrum integrated.
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Crowdie, Champ

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AirMagnet's Spectrum XT spectrum analyzer integrates into their Survey Pro and WiFi Analyzer Pro products.