Enterprise Networking: AirMagnet Survey Pro 8.0 Uses Two Sensors to Speed WiFi Survey and Planning

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2010-11-29
 
 
 

AirMagnet Survey Pro 8.0 Uses Two Sensors to Speed WiFi Survey and Planning

by Andrew Garcia

AirMagnet Survey Pro 8.0 Uses Two Sensors to Speed WiFi Survey and Planning

Multiadapter Kit

AirMagnet supports two adapters for use as sensors in Survey Pro 8.0. AirMagnet sells a kit, including two Proxim 802.11n a/b/g/n adapters and a USB hub, for $345.

Multiadapter Kit

Survey

With Version 8.0, I could conduct active and passive surveys at the same time. Here, we see the survey process midstream, as I walk and point my way around the building, collecting WiFi signal information.

Survey

iPerf Test

I could run an iPerf test and a passive test at the same time. The iPerf test uses an active association to an access point, measuring upload and download performance during the survey walkabout.

iPerf Test

iPerf Results

Shown here are iPerf results for the 5GHz (left) and 2.4GHz (right) download performance of the network in our San Francisco offices. Users can view upload performance separately and can hover over a spot on the heat map to see localized performance results.

iPerf Results

PHY

I could also view PHY data rate information from the heat map. Here we see the 5GHz (left) and 2.4GHz (right) data rates culled during the iPerf test.

PHY

Customize the Look

I could edit my custom report to personalize contact details and the logo.

Customize the Look

Customize Content

I could customize report content as well, allowing me to omit entire sections or focus the report on specific kinds of information.

Customize Content

Canned Reports

As with previous versions of Survey Pro, I also had access to a series of canned reports.

Canned Reports

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