Ekahau Site Survey & Planner

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Expert Wi-Fi Design and Analysis

Do your Wi-Fi network requirements include voice, video, location tracking, high capacity, or mission critical applications? If so, you will need professional tools to set up, maintain, and expand your network.

Ekahau Site Survey & Planner allows you to easily and quickly design and optimise your Wi-Fi inline with your unique network requirements.

Ekahau Site Survey - Planning

Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Planning

Accurately design multi-floor Wi-Fi networks based on your unique coverage, performance and capacity requirements. In 3D.

Ekahau Site Survey - Surveying

Quickly Validate Wi-Fi Coverage and Performance

Ekahau’s hybrid site surveys allow comprehensive validation of Wi-Fi coverage and performance in just one walk-through. No pre-configuration needed – just start surveying.

Ekahau Site Survey - Troubleshooting

Easily See and Solve Wi-Fi Problems

Easy to understand visual map-based analysis combined with powerful live troubleshooting lets you identify and solve coverage holes, interference issues, roaming problems and performance bottlenecks.

Ekahau Site Survey - Reporting

Streamlined Reporting

With a single click of a button you can create comprehensive multi-floor, or even multi-building reports on the bill of materials, coverage and performance maps, capacity information, and network layout.

3D Wi-Fi Network Planning

Plan for Coverage & Capacity

Ekahau Site Survey shows you where to place and how to configure your access points, and accurately predicts network coverage, performance and capacity. All in 3D.

3D Modelling in Minutes

  • Industry’s fastest 3D prediction engine
  • Multi-floor and multi-building planning
  • Wall materials, wall height
  • Convert CAD drawings into walls
  • Antenna direction, uptilt, downtilt
  • Outdoor planning for urban areas

Automatic Access Point Placement

  • Automatic access point placement & channel assignment based on coverage and capacity requirements
  • Manual one-click access point placement option
  • Crystal-clear heatmaps
  • Hundreds of Wi-Fi access points and antennas
  • Expansion planning combines measurements & simulation
  • Fully supports 802.11ac, 802.11n, and 802.11abg



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’s optimised Wi-Fi Site Survey Adapter is included with every licence purchase and works in combination with your laptops integrated adapter, as well as any Ekahau Spectrum Analyzers you may have.

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

  • Simultaneous 2.4 and 5GHz surveys
  • Simultaneous passive & active & spectrum surveys
  • Throughput (iPerf) support
  • Multi-adapter support
  • GPS enabled outdoor surveys
  • Touch screen optimised surveying
  • Locates all access points
  • Fills in the gaps to places you didn’t visit
  • Automatic channel optimisation
  • Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac



Network Analysis, Optimisation and Simulation

Network Analysis, Optimisation and Simulation

Heatmaps

  • Easy-to-read, crystal-clear heatmaps
  • Signal strength coverage
  • Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
  • Data rate
  • Throughput
  • Packet loss
  • Jitter
  • Round-trip times
  • Maximum Channel Bandwidth
  • Number of access points (overlap)
  • Co-channel / adjacent channel interference
  • Network capacity problems
  • Capacity issues such as excessive VoIP calls per radio and access point overload
  • Spectrum Channel Power
  • Spectrum Utilisation
  • 802.11ac/n channel width

Analysis features

  • Built-in requirements for VoIP, RTLS, video…
  • Customisable requirements
  • Customisable requirement profiles
  • Locate all access points
  • Analyse for all access points, or per SSID/channel/access point
  • Visualise data for all or selected surveys
  • Visualise measured/simulated/both
  • Simulate how the network will perform using different Wi-Fi devices
  • Fully supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Survey Inspector: detailed, combined Wi-Fi and spectrum analysis



Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting: See & Solve Wi-Fi Problems

Ekahau Site Survey 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 summarises the Wi-Fi network condition; it shows why your network fails and where.

Channel Planner optimises the channels in your network.

Resolve:

  • Coverage holes
  • Throughput problems
  • Excessive interference (Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi)
  • VoIP issues (jitter, packet loss, etc.)
  • Insufficient Wi-Fi capacity
  • Excessive VoIP traffic or access point overload
  • Misconfigurations with 802.11ac and 802.11n
  • Sub-optimal channel assignments
  • Rogue access points
  • Misconfigured access points
  • Missing security settings
  • Excessive number of stations per access point
  • Excessive load on a given channel



Reporting

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.

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

Automated Reporting is only available in Ekahau Site Survey Professional version.

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 Site Survey Auto-Planner designs the network according to your capacity requirements and shows the overloaded access points 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

  • Design a network based on capacity
  • Capacity Health: show capacity problems
  • Capacity Distribution: ensure even distribution of traffic per access point
  • Simulate the impact of 802.11ac and 802.11n Wi-Fi upgrades
  • Throughput heatmaps (surveyed and calculated)



802.11ac Support

Full Support for 802.11ac…

802.11ac and 802.11n increase Wi-Fi capacity – and complexity. Ekahau Site Survey helps you understand and optimise your 802.11ac and 802.11n deployment.

… for Planning….

  • Automated design of 802.11ac networks
  • Channel planning for the mixed 802.11ac/n/a/b/g environments
  • Optimal 802.11ac primary channel selection
  • Wide variety of the latest Wi-Fi access points

… and Site Surveys …

  • Passive and active 802.11ac site surveys
  • 802.11ac throughput surveys
  • 802.11ac noise and interference analysis
  • Spectrum analysis (Ekahau Spectrum Analyzer required)
  • Channel bandwidth heatmaps

… and More.

  • Support for data rates up to 1300Mbps
  • See the performance impact of 802.11ac
  • 80MHz and 160MHz channel bandwidth support
  • Short Guard Interval, Greenfield Mode



Spectrum Analysis

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 minimising interference issues.

  • Visualize measured interference and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) levels on a floor plan
  • Display and minimise co-channel interference
  • Analyse spectrum utilisation*
  • Fully understand the spectrum and Wi-Fi behaviour in both 2.4 and 5GHz bands*
  • On-the-spot and post-survey
  • Spectrum analysis displayed as amplitude vs frequency density view, as well as over time*

*Ekahau Spectrum Analyzer required. Spectrum Analyzer integration in Ekahau Site Survey Professional version only.



macOS Support

macOS Support (Beta)

Ekahau Site Survey now runs natively on Mac OS X (albeit in public beta). The key reason it’s still in beta is that the site survey functionality is more limited than Windows version. This is because you can only use the MacBook integrated Wi-Fi adapter for passive scanning. This means no multi-NIC, no control over channels to scan, and no standardised passive survey readings as laptop antennas and adapters vary depending on the laptop model.

As for active scanning you can use the few external adapters that work on a MacBook (and the drivers for those provided by the adapter manufacturer aren’t always perfect). Unfortunately there is no support (and never will be) for NIC-300 / Proxim 8494 adapters on Mac OS X.

For information on how to activate your licence for the Mac version read the licensing FAQ on the Ekahau support website.



Wireless Tools For All Budgets

With multiple versions and bundles to choose from Ekahau caters to all budgets.

Ekahau Site Survey Professional

Ekahau Premium Pack

The Ekahau Premium Pack has it all and is the most popular choice for wireless professionals.

Includes:

Ekahau Site Survey Professional

Ekahau Site Survey Professional

The Ekahau Site Survey Professional is perfect for wireless professionals that need to do everything except spectrum analysis.

Includes:

  • Ekahau Site Survey Professional
  • 1x USB Survey Adapter (SA-1)
Ekahau Site Survey Standard

Ekahau Site Survey Standard

The Ekahau Site Survey Standard is a stripped back version ideal for site surveys, however it lacks planning, capacity, reporting, GPS enabled outdoor surveys, or Cisco integration.

Includes:

  • Ekahau Site Survey Standard
  • 1x USB Survey Adapter (SA-1)

Specifications

  • 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
  • Optimised for all Wi-Fi brands, including Cisco, HP – Aruba, 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 (Beta version)
  • 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
  • Supported Wi-Fi Adapter: USB Survey Adapter (SA-1) recommended.
    • Check the list of supported adapters below
    • 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
    • PDF
    • Vector: SVG
    • Bitmap: BMP/GIF/JPEG/PNG

Ekahau USB Survey Adapter

Supported Wi-Fi Adapters

Every copy of Ekahau includes a USB Survey Adapter (SA-1) which fits into any laptop that has a standard USB interface, so you will not need a third-party Wi-Fi adapter.

To maximise the survey speed and accuracy, Ekahau Site Survey will simultaneously use other supported Wi-Fi adapters it detects – such as the adapter integrated into your laptop.

Active Surveys:

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, Ekahau only supports a handful of adapters.

Brand & model Windows Mac
Any Integrated Laptop Wi-Fi Adapter N/A Passive
Comfast CF-912AC Passive Active (experimental)
EdiMax AC1200 Passive Active (experimental)
USB Survey Adapter (SA-1) Recommended Passive N/A
Proxim ORiNOCO 8494 Passive N/A
Proxim ORiNOCO USB-9100 Passive Active (experimental)

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

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

Our intensive 4-day training course makes you a master in deploying and troubleshooting Wi-Fi, using Ekahau products. Both lectures, and tons of hand-on exercises with Ekahau Wi-Fi tools are used.

  • 4-day training, including certification exam
  • A maximum of 12 people per class
  • Hands-on certification exam at the end of the class

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