Ekahau Pro


Ekahau Pro

EKAHAU PRO

The industry standard tool for designing, analyzing, optimizing and troubleshooting Wi-Fi Networks.

Ekahau Site Survey (ESS) is now Ekahau Pro. New name and even better site survey software.

Professional Grade, Easy to Use

Ekahau Pro site survey tool is the complete toolkit for designing, analyzing, optimizing and troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks. Running on either macOS or Windows, it is the de-facto tool for network engineers in companies of all sizes.

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Upgrade to the Ultimate Package

Supercharge Ekahau Pro with Ekahau Sidekick, Ekahau Survey, Ekahau Analyzer, Ekahau Capture, and Ekahau Cloud. Ekahau Connect is the ultimate package for wireless professionals.

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Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Planning

Accurately design a high-capacity Wi-Fi network based on your requirements. Create the entire plan in 3D, and take into account wall materials, floor materials, antenna direction and up/downtilt , and many more factors. Design for coverage as well as capacity thanks to the advanced Capacity Planning features.

Wi-Fi Site Surveys

Ekahau’s Wi-Fi site survey tool allows simple yet ultra-comprehensive validation of Wi-Fi network coverage and performance. Purchase Ekahau Pro as part of the Ekahau Connect product suite, and get Ekahau Sidekick measurement hardware, as well as Ekahau Survey for iPad to conduct light-weight professional Wi-Fi site surveys.

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Optimized for Ekahau Sidekick®

Combine Ekahau Sidekick (sold separately, part of Ekahau Connect Suite) with Ekahau Pro™ for fast and accurate on-site surveys, ultra-high end spectrum analysis and longer battery life.

Troubleshooting

Conduct in-depth testing of access point configurations and metrics to identify common issues such as coverage holes, co-channel interference, non-Wi-Fi interference, over-capacity, high channel utilization, and malfunctioning equipment.

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Automatic Reporting

Generate easy-to-interpret reports for your entire Wi-Fi project with a single click or create fully customized reports designed around your specific project needs.

Ekahau Backs All Wi-Fi Vendors

Ekahau Pro supports all enterprise Wi-Fi access points from all vendors for site surveys & WLAN planning including Arista, Cambium and Xirrus.

3D Wi-Fi Network Planning

Plan for Coverage & Capacity

Ekahau Pro is a site survey tool that shows you where to place and how to configure your access points. It also accurately predicts network coverage, performance and capacity – in 3D. But wait, there’s more! Ekahau Pro includes built-in design profiles to meet commonly used guidelines from Cisco, Aruba, Polycom, Skype, Vocera and other vendors, making your job easier.

3D Modelling in Minutes

  • Ultra-fast and accurate 3D propagation engine
  • Multi-floor, multi-building, outdoor planning
  • Wall materials, wall height
  • Convert CAD drawings into walls
  • Antenna direction, uptilt, downtilt
  • Outdoor planning for urban areas

Automatic AP Placement

  • Manual one-click AP placement option
  • Easy-to-interpret heatmaps
  • Supports 2500+ Wi-Fi access points and antennas
  • Expansion planning combines measurements & simulation
  • Automatic and accurate AP placement & channel assignment based on coverage and capacity requirements as well as surroundings including rogue and neighbouring APs

Hybrid Site Surveys

Site Surveys: Passive, Active, Throughput, Spectrum

One site survey walk-through is enough to collect it all: Active survey (end-to-end or throughput), passive survey, and spectrum survey information. No pre-configuration is needed – just start surveying.

Ekahau highly recommends Ekahau Sidekick® for the quickest, most accurate and reliable site surveys, and simultaneous spectrum analysis.

  • Simultaneous 2.4 and 5GHz surveys
  • Throughput (iPerf) support
  • Multi-adapter support
  • GPS enabled outdoor surveys
  • Touch screen optimized surveying
  • Locates all APs
  • Fills in the gaps to places you didn’t visit
  • Automatic channel optimization
  • Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • See below for analysis features
  • Simultaneous passive, active & spectrum surveys

Network Analysis, Optimisation and Simulation

Heatmaps

Analyze collected data using one of 15 heatmaps to quickly determine the performance of the Wi-Fi network.

  • Signal strength coverage
  • Signal-to-noise ratio
  • Data rate
  • Throughput
  • Packet loss
  • Jitter
  • Round-trip times
  • Maximum Channel Bandwidth
  • Number of access points (overlap)
  • Network capacity problems
  • Spectrum Channel Power
  • Spectrum Utilization
  • Wi-Fi channel width
  • Co-channel / adjacent channel interference
  • Capacity issues, such as excessive VoIP calls per radio, AP overload, …

Analysis Features

  • Customizable requirements
  • Customizable requirement profiles
  • Locate all access points
  • Visualize measured/simulated/both
  • Visualize data for all or selected surveys
  • Analyze for all APs, per SSID, channel or AP
  • Built-in requirements for VoIP, RTLS, video…
  • Simulate how the network will perform using different Wi-Fi devices
  • Survey Inspector: detailed, combined Wi-Fi and spectrum analysis

Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting: See & Solve Wi-Fi Problems

Ekahau Pro allows visual map-based analysis, as well as powerful live troubleshooting.

The Real-Time Frequency Monitor brings on-the-spot troubleshooting to a new level by combining spectrum and Wi-Fi data into one comprehensive, easy-to-read screen. Survey Inspector does the same for post-survey analysis.

The Network Issues view summarizes the Wi-Fi network condition; it shows why your network fails and where.

Channel Planner optimizes the channels in your network.

Resolve:

  • Coverage holes
  • Throughput problems
  • VoIP issues (jitter, packet loss, …)
  • Insufficient Wi-Fi capacity
  • Excessive VoIP traffic or AP overload
  • Sub-optimal channel assignments
  • Rogue access points
  • Misconfigured access points
  • Missing security settings
  • Excessive number of stations per AP
  • Excessive interference (Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi)
  • Excessive load on a given channel

Reporting

Fully Customizable Reports

The Ekahau Pro site survey tool creates a summarized report of the bill of materials, coverage and performance maps, capacity information, and the entire network layout.

With a single click of a button, the entire multi-floor, even multi-building site will be completely covered in a detailed report.

There’s two ways to report: Select template from the application, or create your own based on your corporate reporting template.

  • Selectable contents
  • Template-based option for full customization
  • List of access points and antennas
  • AP configurations
  • Coverage and performance heatmaps
  • Network requirements
  • Network health and issues
  • 2.4 & 5GHz separately
  • Per-AP coverage & SNR
  • Capacity requirements and bottlenecks
  • Surveyed areas
  • Installation notes
  • Detailed Real-Time Location System (RTLS) performance metrics
  • Microsoft Word and PDF formats

Example Template Report from Ekahau Site Survey Professional (Word)

Example Template Report from Ekahau Site Survey Professional (PDF)

Capacity Planning & Analysis

Capacity is the New Coverage

Don’t just think coverage, think capacity, too. The Ekahau Pro Auto-Planner designs the network according to your capacity requirements and also shows overloaded APs and areas of excessive voice calls.

Capacity Configuration

  • Indicate network coverage areas
  • Define your Wi-Fi clients
  • Define applications run on the clients
  • Prepare for network traffic peaks
  • Configurable throughput surveys

Planning and Analysis

  • Capacity Distribution: ensure even distribution of traffic per AP
  • Simulate the impact of Wi-Fi equipment upgrades
  • Capacity Health: show capacity problems
  • Design a network based on capacity
  • Throughput heatmaps (surveyed and calculated)

802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) Support

Full Support for 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)

802.11ax increases Wi-Fi capacity – and complexity. Ekahau Pro helps you understand and optimize your deployment based on modern and legacy Wi-Fi standards.

For Planning…

  • Automated design of 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax environments
  • Channel planning for the mixed 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax environments
  • 2500+ enterprise access points and antennas

… and Site Surveys …

  • Passive and active 802.11ax site surveys
  • 802.11ax throughput surveys
  • 802.11ax noise and interference analysis
  • Spectrum analysis (using Ekahau Sidekick)
  • Channel bandwidth heatmaps

Spectrum Analysis

Fight Interference

Wi-Fi works over public frequencies, which makes it vulnerable to interference from other devices sharing the same spectrum. Validate the availability of free RF spectrum by measuring channel utilization and detecting non-Wi-Fi interference from sources such as surveillance cameras, wireless intercom systems, headsets and microphones.

The Ekahau Sidekick fully integrates with Ekahau Pro to provide various tools for troubleshooting and minimizing interference issues during your Wi-Fi site survey, including automatic interference detection. This makes it easy for users to identify and locate the exact source causing Wi-Fi problems.

  • Visualize measured interference and SNR levels on a floor plan
  • Display and minimize co-channel interference
  • Analyze spectrum utilization*
  • Fully understand the spectrum and Wi-Fi behaviour in both 2.4 and 5GHz bands*
  • On-the-spot + post-survey
  • Spectrum analysis displayed as amplitude vs frequency density view, as well as over time*

*Ekahau Sidekick required.

macOS & Windows Support

macOS and Windows Support

Ekahau Pro runs natively on macOS and Windows.

Specifications

  • Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • Network planning optimized for virtually all major Wi-Fi systems
  • Supports multiple buildings and thousands of access points per project
  • Optimized for all Wi-Fi brands including Cisco, Aruba, Arista, Cambium, Ruckus, Extreme, Xirrus and Aerohive

Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Windows 10 (32bit, 64bit)
    • Windows 8 (32bit, 64bit)
    • Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit)
    • Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) or higher
  • Processor: 1.5+GHz, multi-core recommended
  • Memory: 4+ GB RAM, 8GB RAM recommended, 16GB+ RAM recommended for very large projects
  • Hard disk space: 1GB required
  • Recommended Survey Device: Ekahau Sidekick
    • Integrated Wi-Fi adapter required for hybrid site surveys
    • Check the list of supported adapters below
  • Supported floor plan formats:
    • CAD: DWG/DXF
    • PDF
    • Vector: SVG
    • Bitmap: BMP/GIF/JPEG/PNG

Supported Wi-Fi Adapters

Active Surveys

All Wi-Fi Adapters are Supported. Ekahau Pro supports active and passive site surveys. They can be performed simultaneously. For performing active surveys, Ekahau Pro supports all Wi-Fi adapters – integrated or external. Any Wi-Fi adapter, old or new, 802.11ax, 802.11ac, 802.11n, or 802.11abg, that works with Windows can be used for active surveys. These adapters include integrated adapters (Intel Centrino, etc), as well as all external adapters

Passive Surveys

Since passive surveys require more measurement accuracy, consistency, and control, the only recommended device is the Ekahau Sidekick. Other adapters are compatible, but not recommended as their measurement accuracy and consistency are nowhere near the Ekahau Sidekick.

Brand & modelWindowsMac
Ekahau Sidekick (Sold separately)PassivePassive
Any Integrated Laptop Wi-Fi AdapterN/APassive
Comfast CF-912ACPassiveActive (experimental)
EdiMax AC1200PassiveActive (experimental)
Proxim ORiNOCO 8494PassiveN/A
Proxim ORiNOCO USB-9100PassiveActive (experimental)

Become a Wi-Fi Expert with Ekahau

Ekahau Fundamentals

Our one-day fast track Ekahau training course gets you up and running with Ekahau so you can start designing and implement highly successful wireless networks.
  • Learn about:
    • Wi-Fi design fundamentals
    • Antennas theory
    • Wireless planning (with Ekahau Site Survey)
    • How to conduct a Wi-Fi survey
    • Troubleshooting Wi-Fi
  • Classroom training
  • A maximum of 8 people per class

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Ekahau Certified Survey Engineer Courses

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Ekahau Analyzer is a professional grade Wi-Fi health validation and troubleshooting tool for iPhones & iPads. Now you can diagnose your network faster, more accurately, and on the go!

ECSE Troubleshooting

ECSE Troubleshooting is a 4-day training course that examines common causes of Wi-Fi issues and the tools and techniques used to identify and resolve them.

ECSE Advanced

ECSE Advanced is a 3-day training course that takes a deeper dive into the intricacies of designing, optimizing and troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks.

ECSE Design

The 4-day ECSE Design course consists of classroom lectures and labs taught by Wi-Fi experts. Learn how to design, optimize, and troubleshoot better Wi-Fi using Ekahau products.

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