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 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:
WIFI PODCASTS & VLOGS
- Clear To Send
- No Strings Attached Show
- To DS from DS
- Whiskey & Wireless Show
- WiFi For Beginners Podcast
- Wireless LAN Professionals Podcast
THE BAD-FI TOOL-ROLL
@REVOLUTIONWIFI BLOG, CAPACITY PLANNER, & SSID CALCULATOR
Free Capacity Planner, and SSID Overhead Calculator will help your capacity based design. Also, his blog is a MUST read for anyone interested in understanding 802.11.
OVERVIEW OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY COVERAGE
Understanding Primary and Secondary Coverage by Devin Akin
OVERVIEW OF DFS
OVERVIEW OF MODULATION CONSTELLATIONS
MIKE ALBANO DEVICE CAPABILITY 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 no already on the list by following his instructions.
HOW TO USE APPLE AIRPORT UTILITY AS WIFI SCANNER ON IPHONE/IPAD
IOS WIRELESS ROAMING FOR ENTERPRISE
Understanding how your clients make decisions is helpful in determining design requirements. Apple was kind enough to provide that exact information for iOS.
HOW TO: WIRELESS PACKET CAPTURE IN WINDOWS
In Windows, you cannot effectively analyze wireless frames, because you are unable to put the wireless NIC in "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. Here are some, relatively inexpensive, ways to perform an RF Monitor Mode wireless packet capture in in Windows.
- Acrylic Wi-Fi Pro
- TamoSoft CommView for WiFiw
- Microsoft Network Monitor How To Write-up by @awalding
- Microsoft Network Monitor How To Video
- MetaGeek Eye P.A. now supports native Windows Monitor Mode!
OR, you could just get a Mac and do it natively. 😉
802.11ax for DUMMIES
A great guide written by David Coleman of Aerohive. It give 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.
WIFI NETWORK DESIGN FOR DUMMIES
Ekahau put out their own books under the "for Dummies" moniker of wireless design. This book gives beginners an understand of WiFi, how it works, and how to start designing for it.
INTRODUCTION 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
EKAHAU IPERF3 SERVER
Ekahau only officially supports it's own custom version called "ePerf3 Server" for Active Throughput measurements.
CONDUCTING A GPS ASSISTED OUTDOOR SITE SURVEY
PURCHASE EKAHAU SITE SURVEY WITH SIDEKICK
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.
Tacklife Portable Laser Measure (196 Feet)
Various Ways To Mount Your Survey Hardware Besides Velcro
Custom Survey Tray
Save you back, your shoulders, and your arms!
Connect-A-Desk Survey Tray
Ventev / TerraWave - VenVolt
The ReVolt G2
RAVPower 23000mAh Portable Charger
If your AP has an AC plug you can use this instead of PoE. Comes with multiple adapters that will fit any AC input.
YOU WANT MORE YOU SAY??!!!