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08

Professional WLAN survey kits

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Professional WLAN survey kits

I thought that i would create a quick blog on the various WLAN survey kits that i have used over the years and talk about what i now use for a wireless survey.

I have learnt over the last several years of performing WLAN surveys is that there is no such thing as the perfect WLAN survey kit.  The reason for this is that there are so many different environments that us WLAN engineers encounter, that each kit that will inevitability fall short for one survey or another.  As all of the surveys that I perform are for organisation around Europe, whichever kit i choose, i will need to travel with it, which means that it needs to be the size and weight that a single person can handle.

Therefore I typically use 3 variations of kits which I have called, “The Lightweight”, “The Heavyweight” and “The Traveller”

(links for all of the kit i use is at the bottom of the page.)

The lightweightWLAN Survey kit

This kit will typically be used when your survey is local to you and your area is small and you already have a good understanding of your RF design before you visit site.  This kit is more for validating your pre-survey paper design in certain areas of your site.  This kit would also be used when the customer does not have any decent floor plans to give you and you are looking to get an understanding of the environment.  It consists of an Terrawave wireless survey battery pack and Cisco 3500i access point.  The mount from the 3500i screws directly onto the top of the battery pack and there is a handle for carrying the battery pack around.  The battery will last about 5-6 hours which is usually enough for a single day.

The Lightweight Kit

The Lightweight Kit

Terrawave Battery pack
Survey Access Point (Cisco 3500i)
Survey Laptop with basic survey tools
Laptop with spectrum analysis tool
AirMagnet AirCheck

The heavyweightWireless Survey Kit

This kit would include as much as possible giving you all of the options that you may need on the day.

WLAN Survey Kit
WLAN Survey Kit

 

Survey Stand

Terrawave Battery pack
3 X Survey Access Points (Cisco 3500i, Cisco 3500e and Cisco 1042)
Various Antennas
Survey Laptop with AirMagnet Pro
Spectrum Analysis tool
AP Tripod (Reaches 3 meters max)
Camera ( for AP locations )
Distance measuring tool
Laptop harness
AirMagnet AirCheck
Cisco 7925 WiFi Phone
2  Spare Batteries for Laptop
Cisco PoE Injector (Should Battery Pack fail)

The Travellerwireless survey kit

The traveller kit will need to be compact and light and all fit into one box as taking several cases will increase the cost and possibly not make the trip cost effective.  I perform a lot of surveys that require extensive travel and have found the following kit to work well.  Its basically the same as my heavyweight kit but with a few items left out.  When traveling I try to keep this kit under 30Kg (including the box), and at the moment the kit is about 25Kg.

Traveling Survey Kit

Peli Case
Terrawave Battery pack
2 X Survey Access Points (Cisco 3500i, Cisco 3500e)
Various Antennas
Survey Laptop with AirMagnet Pro
Spectrum analysis tool ( I use Cisco Spectrum Expert 4 )
AP Tripod (Reaches 3 meters max)
Camera ( for AP locations ) – ( Sony DS-t70 )
Leica Distance measuring tool
Laptop harness (I use connect-a-desk)

 

Links for the various wireless survey kits.

Peli Case (Peli Cases http://www.peliproducts.co.uk )
Terrawave Battery pack – ( http://www.terra-wave.com/shop/80211n-mimo-site-survey-battery-pack-p-1535.html )
2 X Survey Access Points (Cisco 3500i, Cisco 3500e) ( www.Cisco.com )
Various Antennas (Cisco)
Survey Laptop with AirMagnet Pro ( www.airmagnet.com )
Spectrum analysis tool ( I use Cisco Spectrum Expert 4 ) ( http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9393/index.html )
AP Tripod (Reaches 3 meters max)
Camera ( for AP locations ) – ( Sony DS-t70 )
Leica Distance measuring tool – ( http://www.leica-geosystems.co.uk/en/Leica-DISTO-D3a_81046.htm )
Laptop harness (I use connect-a-desk) ( http://www.connect-a-desk.com )
AirMagnet AirCheck ( http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterprise-network/network-testing/AirCheck-Wi-Fi-Tester )

The camera that i use is a specific Sony version that allows you to draw on the image after you have taken it.  This allows me to draw an arrow to the exact location that I want the access point to be located so that when I get back to the office I don’t have to remember each access point location.  The picture below shows how i have added an arrow to show where i wanted the access point to be from my wireless survey.

Camera Editing

If you have any questions about my wireless survey kits pelase do not hesitate to message me on @MarkJulier

Thanks

Mark…

 

 

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