The surveys are used to collect vital information about the wireless environment to understand where the placements of APs should be during pre-deployment or to identify areas of weakness within the wireless environment.
An Ekahau WiFi site survey is an effective and simple way of collecting data to understand the radio frequency behaviour in the area where the wireless network is or is going to be installed. It will reveal any dead zones or areas of interference which is vital to be able to build a solid network.
The main outcome of a Wi-Fi site survey is to determine the feasibility of implementing a wireless network in a specific area and finding the best spots for access points and other equipment like cables and antennas. With the help of an Ekahau site survey, your client will be able to decide what equipment to get and where to install it.
Many of our partners rely on us as a single point of contact for booking a certified Ekahau or AirMagnet Wi-Fi engineer. Finding a qualified WiFi engineer with access to the software required can be challenging and that is why Orion 247 has built a network of trusted and reliable Ekahau and AirMagnet site survey specialists around the world.
We add value by acting as a white label solutions partner and an extension to their existing team by assisting with the global reach of their wireless site surveys. Our partners can contact us instead of going out to multiple in-country suppliers for quotes for international WiFi site surveys, thus saving valuable time and money.
After RTLS customers started using the calibration software to design and test their Wi-Fi networks in addition to calibrating their RTLS solutions it became apparent that there was a market for Wi-Fi design and testing tools. There were no Wi-Fi site survey tools available at that time.
This was the genesis of Wi-Fi site survey tools, and what would become Ekahau Site Survey (ESS). Ekahau Site Survey was the first ever enterprise-grade site survey tool; later adding features such as reporting, network planning, and many more advanced features over the years.
"Aruba's Systems Engineers have a broad range of survey tools at their disposal, and they choose to use Ekahau Site Survey (ESS). ESS is an essential tool for any field engineer who is serious about Wi-Fi.
This is the first of a series of blog posts about Ekahau Wi-Fi Tools, future posts will cover designing Aruba Wi-Fi networks using ESS and Site Surveying. Until then, please check out the Ekahau website and hope you find this series educational.
You can place APs with integrated BLE devices or add a new stand-alone BLE device type, which provides a choice of three Aruba beacons, or a generic beacon. This should be enough to get going with, but Ekahau will be expanding the list of devices over time. Ekahau Site Survey only supports predictive planning at the moment, with the promise of Bluetooth surveys further down the line.
Ekahau Connect is a suite of Wi-Fi tools that enable you and your team to design, optimize and troubleshoot any Wi-Fi network faster and easier than ever before. It allows seamless collaboration between IT personnel, who are charged with keeping Wi-Fi running smoothly, and the Wi-Fi expert, who is often overloaded with managing multiple projects and sites.
The adapter fits into any laptop that has a standard USB interface. When used with Ekahau Site Survey, the adapter allows for quick site surveys on any 802.11ac as well as 802.11abgn network. Site surveys can be performed simultaneously for 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands.
Ekahau software and hardware solutions design and manage superior wireless networks by minimizing network deployment time and ensuring sufficient wireless coverage across all industries, project sizes, building infrastructures and levels of complexity. Ekahau is recognized for delivering the easiest-to-use, most reliable solutions for Wi-Fi planning, site surveys, troubleshooting and optimization.
Wireless surveys provide vital information on the wireless environment. These surveys provide an understanding of the placement of APs to identify weak areas in the wireless region. GoPro consultants provide valuable Wi-Fi site surveys to regulate the feasibility of applying a wireless network through Ekahau site surveys.
The Ekahau Wi-Fi site survey software is a simple yet efficient way to collect data. It creates an understanding of the behavior of radio frequency. It signifies the radio frequency in an area where a wireless network is not installed. It provides insight into any interference or dead zone essential to create a solid network.
The purpose of conducting a Wi-Fi survey is to determine the applicability of implementing a wireless network. Moreover, it finds the best access points for antennas and cables. Our Ekahau site survey engineers make it easy for your clients to choose the best equipment and the perfect placement for it.
GoPro IT consultants provide global wireless site survey services that save up your time. Many of the partners. Most customers depend on a single source for the certified site survey. So, it may pose a serious challenge to get the required software. So, GoPro IT have created reliable and trusted site surveying specialists in Ekahau.
We provide value-added white label extension with the extended team that supports global outreach for site surveys. Our customers can contact us for the required services rather than going to different providers for international site surveys. Hence, it saves their valuable money and time.
Most of our Wi-Fi site survey engineers are well-trained to provide Ekahau site surveys. They understand the software, and thus the clients get the best worldwide services.
We have service centers and remote working places to provide fast on-site and offline services to our clients globally. Thus, no matter where your client is, the white-labeling services will protect your service reputation.
We use Ekahau as our primary survey tool for conducting wireless surveys. Our sites range anywhere from small buildings with three access points to large buildings with up to 40 access points. So, we're pretty diverse in using this software. We also do post-surveys by using the software with Sidekick, which is a device that monitors wireless signals.
There are some survey tools that are a little easier to use, but the benefit of using the Ekahau is that it is very configurable. If you go into a building that has solid cement walls, instead of traditional walls, you can configure it for that. It is much more configurable than the other ones.
It is pretty straightforward. It is not complex. If you've never used survey tools, it would be difficult when you use it for the first time. If you've used survey tools before, then it's no different than any of the other tools.
I would rate it a 10 out of 10 because as a project manager doing wireless surveys, it gives me all the tools and access that I need to be able to conduct a proper survey. The only thing that it requires is the ability to differentiate between an access point and a wireless intrusion detection device.
Having GPS capabilities built into the device you are using is beneficial because it can easily line up with maps and things of that nature, especially if you are doing any kind of site surveys outside.
Their software, combined with the Sidekick, is the best tool that we have come across. This is why we chose it: to conduct accurate site surveys, and they are compatible with all of the access points that we use.
I wish the solution was better at making different survey modes, like in AirMagnet. When I use AirMagnet, I can go in and say, "I'm doing a survey on a stick," and then it will go into that "survey on a stick" mode and I can just start doing my survey. Ekahau doesn't have that. If you want to do an AP on a stick survey, each time you complete a section, you have to go in and freeze the AP manually in the software. That just seems archaic, considering AirMagnet had that problem solved ten years ago.
I would say that you need to decide what it is you want to do. If you just need to do validation surveys or predictive surveys, Ekahau is fine. I feel like though, if you're going to go out and do an AP on a stick, an actual survey, Ekahau is not as good as AirMagnet in that regard, so you need to know what your use case will be.
I'd like to see the option of an in-app photo application or a way to upload photos while carrying out an active onsite survey. You can obviously use a tablet's camera but it would be helpful to have an automated import of the physical AP in the Ekahau reports. Also, they come out with a lot of updates and it sometimes feels too much. Finally, I'd like to see a function or plugin for Ekahau to pick up on the switches the APs connect to so that you can map out further than just the APs when you do your site survey. It would be great if it could pick up a Mac address of each AP's switches, which would help engineers map out a network topology.
I've used AirMagnet once or twice and found it to be cumbersome. Part of it may be that I'm more experienced with Ekahau. This kind of work previously required the manual effort of taking floor plans to sites, along with physical APs to test the coverage and plot out our WiFi design.
The GPS feature inside Ekahau could be improved. When we have a small office, it's no problem because the planning and workflow is just enough, but in the grid field we have a 250 access point. In this case, performing a survey work through is complicated, and the GPS feature could be very useful. 2b1af7f3a8