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Ekahau Site Survey now runs natively on Mac (beta) with no Boot Camp/Parallels required!

Wi-Fi Planning and Site Surveys for 802.11ac and 802.11n

Over 12 years in the making, ESSTM maintains its reputation as the easiest to use, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi design and maintenance tool for Wi-Fi professionals. With crystal clear heat maps and easy-to-use reports, ESS makes it simple to optimise Wi-Fi.

ESS lets you plan and create Wi-Fi networks according to your performance and capacity requirements—taking into consideration the increasing amount of wireless clients (BYOD) and simulating real-life application usage such as VoIP, HD video streaming and web browsing.


3D Wi-Fi Network Planning – ESS shows you where to place and how to configure your access points. ESS also accurately predicts network coverage, performance and capacity.

Hybrid Site Surveys – Ekahau’s unique Hybrid Site Survey technology allows performing active and passive network testing simultaneously- in just one quick walk-through around the facility.

Network Analysis, Optimisation and Simulation – ESS provides in-depth analysis on network coverage, performance and capacity – with unbeatable clarity

Wi-Fi Troubleshooting – See Wi-Fi bottlenecks with a single view

Reporting – Detailed reports with a single click

RTLS Deployment – Deploy, calibrate and test RTLS

802.11ac Network Planning, Capacity Analysis, and Site Survey – Optimize your 802.11ac and 802.11n Wi-Fi Network

Wi-Fi Interference Analysis – Troubleshoot and minize interference

BYOD Capacity Planning and Analysis – Design a network that meets your capacity requirements


3D Wi-Fi Network Planning

ESS shows you where to place and how to configure your access points and accurately predicts network coverage, performance and capacity, all in 3D.

Hybrid Site Surveys

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’s optimised Wi-Fi Site Survey Adapter is included with each purchase of the tool. This adapter is used in combination with, for example, your laptop integrated adapter, as well as any Ekahau Spectrum Analyzers you may have.

The result: Super-comprehensive and reliable analysis of your Wi-Fi.

See & Solve Wi-Fi Problems

ESS 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.

Fully Customizable Reports

ESS 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: Pick & choose from the application, or based on your corporate reporting template.

Capacity Planning and Analysis

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

Full Support for 802.11ac

802.11ac and 802.11n increase Wi-Fi capacity – and complexity. ESS helps you understand and optimize your 802.11ac and 802.11n deployment.

Fight Interference

Wi-Fi works over public frequencies, which makes it vulnerable to interference from other devices – Wi-Fi and other devices – sharing the same spectrum.

The optional Ekahau Spectrum Analyzer fully integrates with Ekahau Site Survey to provide various tools for troubleshooting and minimizing interference issues.


  • Supports 802.11ac as well as 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Works with any 802.11 network
  • Network planning optimized for virtually all major Wi-Fi systems
  • Supports multiple buildings and thousands of access points per project


  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Windows 10 (32bit, 64bit)
    • Windows 8 (32bit, 64bit)
    • Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit)
  • Processor: 1.5+GHz, multi-core recommended
  • Memory: 2+ GB RAM, 8GB RAM recommended, 16GB+ RAM recommended for very large projects
  • Hard disk space: 1GB required
  • Supported Wi-Fi Adapter: Ekahau NIC-300-USB recommended.
    • External supported adapter and integrated Wi-Fi adapter required for Hybrid Site Surveys
    • Fully supported Atheros based adapter is required for passive 802.11ac site surveys
  • Floor plan formats:
    • CAD: DWG/DXF
    • Vector: SVG
    • Bitmap: BMP/GIF/JPEG/PNG

Ekahau NIC-300 Wi-Fi Survey AdapterEkahau NIC-300 Wi-Fi Survey Adapter

Ekahau’s USB-based Wi-Fi adapter, Ekahau NIC 300, is shipped with every purchase of Ekahau Site Survey. You will not need a third-party Wi-Fi adapter.

NIC-300 is a dual-band Wi-Fi USB adapter that provides optimal performance, accuracy and reliability when used with Ekahau Site Survey. NIC-300 has integrated dual-band antennas.

To maximize the survey speed and accuracy, Ekahau Site Survey also uses any other Wi-Fi adapter used at the same time – such as the adapter integrated to your laptop.

Active Surveys

For performing active surveys, Ekahau Site Survey supports all Wi-Fi adapters – integrated or external.

Any Wi-Fi adapter, old or new, 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, we support a handful of adapters.

Brand Model
Ekahau NIC-300-USB (enclosed to every Ekahau Site Survey purchase)
D-Link DWA-160 (HW Ver. A1 & A2)
NetGear WNDA-3100 v1 (Atheros chipset)
Proxim Orinoco 8494-WD USB
Ubiquiti SR-71-USB
Aterm WL300NU-AG

Supported GPS Receivers

A GPS receiver (not included) is required for performing GPS assisted outdoor site surveys. The following GPS receivers are supported:

  • Bluetooth GPS devices that support NMEA
  • USB GPS devices that support NMEA, Garmin Protocol or Trimble TAIP
  • Network connected GPS devices (usually TCP/IP or UDP) that supports TAIP or NMEA
  • GPS devices connected to PC-CARD that supports NMEA
  • GPS devices that are connected to an RS-232 port that support NMEA, Garmin or TAIP