How to Perform a Wi-Fi Site Survey with Ekahau and Microsoft
A Wi-Fi site survey is a process of measuring and analyzing the wireless network coverage, performance, and interference in a given area. A site survey can help you plan, design, optimize, troubleshoot, and maintain your Wi-Fi network.
One of the most popular tools for conducting Wi-Fi site surveys is Ekahau, a software suite that includes Ekahau AI Pro, Ekahau Sidekick 2, Ekahau Survey, Ekahau Cloud, and Ekahau Insights. Ekahau offers a comprehensive solution for Wi-Fi planning and validation, spectrum analysis, cloud collaboration, and Wi-Fi performance analytics.
In this article, we will show you how to perform a Wi-Fi site survey with Ekahau and Microsoft devices. We will assume that you have already installed Ekahau AI Pro on your Windows laptop or tablet, and Ekahau Survey on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. We will also assume that you have an Ekahau Sidekick 2 device, which is a Wi-Fi measurement device that connects to your mobile device via USB-C or Bluetooth.
Step 1: Prepare your floor plan
The first step of a Wi-Fi site survey is to prepare your floor plan. You can either import an existing floor plan image or create one from scratch using Ekahau AI Pro. You can also use Microsoft Visio or PowerPoint to draw or edit your floor plan.
Once you have your floor plan ready, you need to set the scale and orientation of the map. This will help Ekahau to calculate the distances and directions accurately. You can use a known dimension on the map, such as a wall or a door, to set the scale. You can also use a compass or GPS to set the orientation.
Next, you need to define the areas and walls on the map. This will help Ekahau to model the signal propagation and attenuation in different environments. You can use different colors and patterns to mark different types of areas and walls, such as office, warehouse, concrete, brick, glass, etc.
Step 2: Define your network requirements
The second step of a Wi-Fi site survey is to define your network requirements. You need to specify what kind of devices, applications, and users you expect to use your Wi-Fi network. This will help Ekahau to design and validate your network according to your needs.
You can use Ekahau AI Pro to create network profiles that define the minimum signal strength (RSSI), signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), data rate (Mbps), channel overlap (%), packet loss (%), latency (ms), jitter (ms), and throughput (Mbps) required for each type of device and application. You can also specify the number of users per area and per access point (AP).
For example, you can create a network profile for voice over IP (VoIP) phones that require at least -67 dBm RSSI, 25 dB SNR, 11 Mbps data rate, 20% channel overlap, 1% packet loss, 50 ms latency, 10 ms jitter, and 100 kbps throughput. You can also create a network profile for laptops that require at least -75 dBm RSSI, 15 dB SNR, 54 Mbps data rate, 40% channel overlap, 5% packet loss, 100 ms latency, 20 ms jitter, and 5 Mbps throughput.
Step 3: Plan your AP locations
The third step of a Wi-Fi site survey is to plan your AP locations. You need to decide where to place your APs on the map to provide optimal coverage and performance for your network requirements. You can use Ekahau AI Pro to automatically or manually plan your AP locations.
If you choose to automatically plan your AP locations, you need to select the type and model of APs you want to use from the Ekahau database. You also need to select the frequency band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) and channel width (20 MHz or 40 MHz) you want to use for each AP. Then you need to click on the Auto-Planner aa16f39245