Links of Interest
LINKS OF INTEREST
For students of the ECSE class: Often things come up during our discussions that I will document here so the we can refer back to it at any time. Things like links to survey tools, white papers, conferences, etc. that may be of interest to those wanting to learn more, and have a better understanding of WiFi, how it works, and properly design and deploy it.
This is a “Living” document that will be updated periodically as items are added/removed/changed.
CWNP (Certified Wireless Network Professional)
If you want to learn more about wifi, or pursue a career in WiFi the CWNP program is must. At the very least you should get the CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator) Study Guide (by David Wescott/David Coleman) and keep it next to your copy of Microsoft Exchange for Dummies for reference.
WLPC (Wireless LAN Professionals Conference)
This is THE conference to go to if you are a Wireless LAN Professional. The conference is held in multiple locations around the world. If you can't make it all the sessions are recorded and posted for FREE on the YouTubes!!
People to Follow on Twitter
Twitter is a great resource to learn from other professionals, ask questions, have conversations, and make friendly with others in the WiFi community. A very generous community. The BEST community.
Here are a few follows to get you started:
802.11ax for Dummies
A great guide written by David Coleman of Aerohive. It gives a clear explanation of 802.11ax and it's new features. This book explores current Wi-Fi challenges, the vision for 802.11ax, as well as some foolish assumptions we’ll address. We’ll help you understand key 802.11ax technologies and design enhancements that you’ll want to consider. Including ten things you definitely need to know to be ready to prepare yourself for the this Wi-Fi paradigm shift.
FCC ID Search
Search the FCC database for device capabilities.
How to use Some Airport Utility as a WiFi Scanner
Lessons learned Deploying an all-wireless office
Learn more about how to deploy a successful and reliable wireless office. The Wireless expert, George Stefanick, shares his hands on experience and best practices, including the good, bad, ugly and hurdles that is needed to overcome for a successful and reliable process.
Mike Albano’s Device Capabilities List
An online, constantly updated list of mobile clients and their capabilities. Find out if a device supports DFS channels or not, if they are a/n/ac, does it support 11k, etc. You can even contribute a device if it is not already on the list by following his instructions.
Options for Wireless Packet Captures in Windows
In Windows, you cannot effectively analyze wireless frames, because you are unable to put the wireless NIC in "RF Monitor Mode" - that is the mode in which the wireless NIC can see ALL 802.11 frames in the air, not just ones intended for itself.
Overview of Modulation Constellations
YouTube video by @KeithRParsons on understanding 802.11 Modulation.
Overview of Primary & Secondary Coverage
Understanding Primary and Secondary Coverage by Devin Akin
Practical Wireless Packet Analysis - WiFiShark-Fu
Rate Limiting on WiFi and It’s Affects on Utilization
Good overview of why you shouldn’t rate limit on WLANs by @@WirelessJimP. Jim goes over how disabling rate limiting allows Denver Airport to have the best Airport WiFi on the Worlss.
Roaming: Apple iOS/Mac & Samsung Devices
Things I Have Learned About Wireless Design
WLAN Design for Dummies
WLAN Troubleshooting Guide
This guide from Aerohive Networks is actually the troubleshooting chapter from the new CWNA Study Guide. One of the authors, David Coleman, works for Aerohive and has made it available for anyone to download.
Conducting a GPS Assisted Outdoor Site Survey
Ekahau iPerf Server
Ekahau only officially supports it's own custom version called "ePerf3 Server" for Active Throughput measurements. This blog explains ow to set it up.
Intro to Ekahau Report Templates
And new from @NickJVTurner --- Ladies and Gentlemen!
2x more @ekahau report templates for your perusal.
AP Scale, change the size of the AP spot/circle on your map
And More Report Templates over here.
Merging Ekahau Project Files
Big Larry Magnetic 400 Lumen LED Worklight
If you done enough surveys you'll know how invaluable a good flashlight. Walking in rooms, or areas with no, or little light is a part of the job. This flashlight is bright and also can hang off your belt, pack, or tray, to illuminate your way.
Various Ways to Mount Your Survey Hardware
Tacklife Portable Laser Measure (196 Feet)
Good, inexpensive laser measure to accurately measure ceiling heights and proper scale for your surveys and predictive models.
Wireless Survey Tools List
Custom Survey Tray
Save you back, your shoulders, and your arms!
Connect-a-Desk Survey Tray
The Swift Body Platform Harness for Laptops & Tablets This is a new entry. NOT purpose-built for wireless surveys, but it has a unique form-factor that some may prefer.
AccelTex Compact PoE+ Battery Pack
Ventev / TerraWave - VenVolt
RAVPower 23000mAh Portable Charger
3-prong AC output with a power supply on / off switch indicator for any device up to 70W (To turn ON the AC power, hold the power button for 8 seconds).
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