Chetnet Wireless Surveys

Wireless Surveys that will improve your wireless network: predictive model WiFi survey, a passive onsite WiFi survey, an active onsite WiFi Survey and the fault-finding WiFi survey. Each type of survey differs according to the site or your specific requirements

Predictive Survey

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Predictive wireless surveys use computer-based software programs to model the facility and RF environment and relies on high-quality building plans

A predictive site survey is a virtual survey of your site or facility that uses pertinent information about the site to plan the wireless network. The value to our clients is that the cost is extremely less than traditional onsite surveys and the time to complete the survey is reduced significantly.

Passive Survey

passive survey

Passive wireless surveys is when the surveying device is not connected to any WiFi network and is only listening to the WiFi environment

Passive Site Surveys are most commonly used in buildings that already have a wireless infrastructure. Collecting the most comprehensive information from important WLAN characteristics and metrics, passive site surveys measure the signal strength and noise level of any active access points. interference.

Active Survey

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Active wireless surveys are when a surveying device is connected to the WiFi network and records signal measurements based on the performance of the connection

Active surveys are performed with the survey client associated with the AP”s used throughout the survey. When a client is associated, it performs all the tasks a typical 802.11 client performs, which includes rate shifting data rates as the RF condition changes and performs retransmissions. Active surveys are commonly used for new WLAN deployments because they provide the most details on which to base a design.

Chetnet Wireless Surveys

A wireless site survey is a crucial step in establishing a robust radio enhancement system within your facility. It meticulously assesses signal strength across all areas of your building, providing the foundational data needed to make informed decisions about access point placement. Without this precision, the haphazard deployment of access points can lead to suboptimal coverage, potential interference, and ultimately, a negative impact on operational efficiency.

In small-scale deployments, an ad-hoc approach to access point placement may suffice. However, in medium to large-scale deployments, a wireless site survey is not only advisable but often imperative. It enables the strategic positioning of WiFi access points, minimizing interference and ensuring seamless coverage without overlap from neighboring access points.

Practically, many network administrators may resort to ad-lib placement of WiFi access points, resorting to additional installations in response to coverage issues or user complaints about subpar WiFi access. In such instances, the potential for co-channel interference and suboptimal radio signal profiles can go unaddressed.

Conducting a wireless site survey provides invaluable insights into the existing interference landscape, identifies sources of external radio interference, and informs decisions on access point density and optimal placement for comprehensive coverage.

It is imperative to recognize that a wireless site survey captures a specific snapshot of the radio signal profile at a given moment in time. As the environment evolves with changes such as additional personnel, reconfiguration of spaces, introduction of new equipment, and shifts in furniture layout, the radio signal profile may undergo alterations, necessitating periodic reassessments.

For inquiries about scheduling a wireless site survey or to discuss any current WiFi-related challenges you may be encountering, we invite you to visit our contact us page. Rest assured, we are committed to responding promptly, typically within 24 hours.