Site Survey tool

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Is there any open source free site survey tool,
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janasheen m

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Keith - Pack Leader

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hehe..in the old days a laptop and a tape measure :)

Not that I'm aware of. There are a lot of tools that come close and I think some have a "freemium" model where much functionality is disabled. But I don't know anyone who does not use a commercial product for a proper survey.
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Monnat Systems, AlphaDog

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Dear janasheen m

You can try cloud based tool - http://www.ekahau.com/wifidesign/ekah...

its a decent one.
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Ed

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I have some time using Ekahau ,and for me, its my favorite and its free..!! yeah.
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Gary Jobe

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Inssider from http://www.metageek.net/ is free and very useful tool for channelising, and gauging signal strgnth
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Sorry for bringing up this topic again but I want to know what test devices are you guys using when doing a site survey/testing before and after deploying Ruckus on your customers. I asked because one of our customers (hospitality) is requiring and insisting us to do signal and throughput testing using six devices (3 various iPhone models, an iPad, an Android smartphone and a laptop). What we usually use on our deployments are 1 iOS device and 1 Android device. Our customer is being unreasonable in my opinion (testing using a laptop is fine with us).

edit: forgot to mention that current deployment is not in rooms but on function rooms and other public areas of the hotel.
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Michael Brado, Official Rep

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We recommend SpeedFlex utility to measure client to AP uplink/downlink throughput, which runs on 3 OS platforms.
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Chia Chi

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Mr. Brado,

I have a question regarding the Speedflex tool.

There is also the option of using the ZD to Speedflex to a wireless client device, i.e. ZD -> AP -> User Device yes? Is this test exactly the same test when done on Speedflex on the userdevice, , i.e. User Device -> AP -> ZD?

Thanks in advance.
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Eizens Putnins

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I would say that if the mentioned customer plans to implement and use some business applications or high quality services on the network using mentioned types of devices, this requirement is actually very reasonable, as different devices behave on same VLAN network differently (probably customer has experience with that difference, which often is not pleasant). They have a lot of reasons to ask for such test, but they have to pay for the work.
Results with laptop are much better usually (better antenna, more TX power, better drivers, better adapters). You can expect RSSI levels on phones 5-7 db less than on laptop, and performance 2-4 times less in many cases, so there is really a big difference.
But waht is even more important -- with iOS devices version of firmware is very important (some of versions have really nasty behavior, bordering with unusable wi-fi), especially for roaming.
For hotel you probably need not so actually survey, but a test with Speedflex for performance demonstration, works for all platforms.
 
In case if business applications are implemented (for example, wokflow and tracking using iPhones or iPads) you need actually to make survey on all area using devices to be implemented to provide proof that network will work.
Such survey is additional work (and not very easy), and you can't do it automatically using Ekahau Site Survey or similar tool on iOS devices. You can use Speedflex on any platform, may be even can program some script to map this results using GPS (or at least make screenshots). It is more manual labor, but can be done.
For Android you can also use Ekahau Mobile survey (commercial), this is fast and easy to document.
Survey is quit a bit of work, but it is required if any business applications must be reliably used.
 
In many cases, you probably don't need to survey all areas with all devices, usually testing 2-3 typical areas is enough to have fairly clear understanding about device-specific behavior.
Hope it helps.
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Bill Burns, AlphaDog

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I've never tried it but: Wireless Site Survey With Free Tools
http://blog.miketoscano.com/?p=228