⏛ THE TOOL "SHED" ⏛
A list of tools every Wi-Fi Craftsman (or, Craftsperson 😁) should have, or strive to, if they wanna play with the big boys. True "craftsmen" invest in their training, knowledge, and tools. The list is not comprehensive, but it's a start.
As with all the "rolls" I'll update regularly. If you have a tool you think would be good to add to the "Roll" please tweet me!
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Design , planning & survey tools.
Ekahau Site Survey My personal favorite survey tool and the one my company has standardized on. Also support Spectrum Analysis using MetaGeeks Wi-Spy adapter, and the recently unveil super-tool, the Ekahau SideKick.
[$$$$] [Windows] [Mac]
NetScout AirMagnet Arguably the most popular, and commonly used survey app around. [$$$$] [Windows]
NetScout AirCheck G2 Wi-Fi Test Tool [$$$] Handheld tool that AutoTests quickly and provides a pass/fail assessment of wireless environment; identifies common problems - for any level of Wi-Fi expertise. The G2 is the all-new version that also has a built-in LinkSprinter, plus uploading results to your cloud account. Fantastic device that should be in every WLAN pros toolbag. [$$$$]
NetSpot is an "entry". level. survey. tool. It's most useful for getting signal strength and such, but it's not going to give you the detail of professional apps like Tamosoft, Ekahau, or AirMagnet. It also has a built-in wireless scanner. Over-all it has limited feature-set for basic Wi-Fi scanning and signal measurement. You get what you pay for with this one. [FREE] [$]
Tamograph Site Survey A very cost-effective entry into professional surveying. Good support and gaining popularity more and more with WLAN pros.[$$] [Windows]
VisiWave Site Survey I;ve personally never used VisiWave, but it's been around for a while, and trusted by many WLAN pros. [$$] [Windows]
WiFi Survey app for iPad [$$] Though limited by Apple's API restrictions, this is a great app for surveying using the iPad. Also, very useful for documenting AP/survey locations using the iPad camera. This is not a replacement for a professional tool, but is great additional for survey, and installation validation. Recently upgraded to provide RSSI using Apple's Airport Utility app.
iPerf iPerf3 is a tool for active measurements of the maximum achievable bandwidth on IP networks. MUCH better than Internet speed tests that dob't give you accurate measurements of you networks throughout. [FREE] [Windows/Mac/Linux]
iPerf Tool - iPerf from end, but for iOS. Server AND Client all in one tool! [$] [iOS]
iPerfUtil is a Mac only tool that's a simple front end for iPerf 3. [$] [Mac]
Tamosoft Throughput Test Utility for testing the performance of a wired or wireless network. It continuously sends TCP & UDP data streams across your network and computes metrics,like upstream/downstream throughput, packet loss, round-trip time, and displays the results in both numeric and chart formats. [FREE] [Windows] [Mac]
HE.NET Network Tools - Swiss Army Knife app for iOS includes ping, port scanner, traceroure, and iPerf client. [FREE] [iOS]
Wireless analysis/packet capture.
AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO Cream of the crop when it comes to WLAN analysis. Streamlines analysis so you can find problems fast. [$$$$] [Windows]
Metageek Eye P.A. Wi-Fi specific packet analyzer. Shows your 802.11 frames in a graphical format for quick on the spot analysis. [$$] [Windows]
Savius Omnipeek Packet analysis, and troubleshooting for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless networks. [$$$] [Windows]
TamoSoft CommView for Wi-Fi Affordable, professional wireless packet analysis.
WiFi Explorer by Adrian Granados While not a true packet analyzer, Adrian's app does decode beacons and show all the information you'll need in the Advanced View of his app. Also, it integrated with Spectrum Analyzers like MetaGeeks Wy-Spy too! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. [$$]
Wireshark is a free, open-source packet analyzer used for network troubleshooting, analysis. The most famous packet analyzer of all time! Here a post I did on my favorite Wireshark customizations.[FREE] [Windows/OS X]
NetSpot [FREE] [$] [$$]
OS X Wireless Diagnostics [FREE]
inSSIDer by Metageek [$] [Android]
WiFi Analyzer [FREE] [Android]
WiFI Scanner [FREE] [Android]
Miscellaneous survey tools.
Airtool is a system menu bar application that provides basic functions to check the state and channel configuration of the built-in Wi-Fi adapter, as well as to perform frame captures on single and multiple channels [MAC] [FREE]
Aruba Utilities Aruba Utilities includes a number of tools useful for characterizing and troubleshooting wireless LANs from Aruba Networks. Some tools work with any WLAN, others fetch data from Aruba’s controllers, Airwave management system and location engine. For [Android only] [FREE]
Big Larry Magnetic 400 Lumen LED Worklight If you done enough surveys you'll know how invaluable a good flashlight. Walking in rooms, or areas with no, or little light is a part of the job. This flashlight is bright and also can hang off your belt, pack, or tray, to illuminate your way. [$]
BUBM Universal Electronics Accessories Organizer For those who need a place for everything - this case holds you dongles, cables, and assorted accouterment. [$]
Connect-A-Desk: Mobile Laptop Harness & Desk Everything you need to use your laptop while standing and walking around to perform a wireless site survey.
Fluke Linksprinter Handheld network tester to diagnose PoE, Link, DHCP, Gateway and Cloud connectivity. Sometimes the problems aren't wireless. $$
Goruck Wire Dopp This is where I store all my miscellaneous dongles, cables, and what not. Some people love it (like me), others not so much, but I find it invaluable. [$$]
Google Earth We often get floor plans that have no calibrations on them so we use Google Earth to measure the longest straight line of the building and use that to calibrate our floor plans in our surveying software. Google Earth Pro is also now [FREE].
RAVPower 23000mAh Portable Charger 4.5A DC Output External Battery Pack This battery pack comes with enough adapters to power your AP of choice. I've used this all day to survey. [$$]
TackLife Advanced Laser Measure Sometimes you need to get accurate measurements to ensure that you calibrate you floor plans for use in a planning/design/survey software. A laser distance meter is a good way too check distances & heights. You can find them at all different price points on Amazon, but this is the one I use. It's cheap AND good! (But, is it fast?🤔)
Wi-Fi Signal System menu bar application that provides easy access to your Wi-Fi connection details, monitors the signal quality of your wireless network [$] [Mac]
Wi-Fi Stand This is one of the coolest tools to come out in a while. Simple, basic design, but solves a big problem, "how do I temporarily mount my AP for surveying"? The mount is designed to hold any AP that support ceiling mount brackets. Invaluable. [$$]
WLAN Pros Custom Survey Tray This fantastic tray was designed by @KeithRParsons and is specifically designed with WLAN professionals in mind. With room for a mouse, extra tools, cable ports, and 3 rows of Molle velcro - this is the tray the pros use. Trust me, the money you spend on this is money saved from doctor bills and the back & shoulder pain from carrying around a 3 pound laptop in your arms for hours at a time. Your back and arms with thank you! [$$]
★ Totally biased endorsement
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display With an OS based on UNIX/BSD you have the tools right at the command line. Also, with full-access to the wireless NIC you can capture wireless traffic natively in monitor mode - no need for expensive external wireless NICs. Yes, I'm biased - so sue me! :-) $$$$