Site Survey Pro - Planning an analyzing WiFi networks

Ekahau Site Survey is a 3D WiFi Planning, Site Survey and Troubleshooting Tool and eliminates the most time-consuming tasks in WiFi network planning

New features in the emerging 802.11ac standard provide significant throughput improvements and also make planning and analyzing of the networks more challenging. Ekahau Site Survey provides advanced tools that can be used to plan, analyze, and measure 802.11ac networks. This allows taking the full benefit of the improved capacity and helps to estimate network capacity to support BYOD.

Ekahau Site Survey is a simple to use software tool for professional WiFi (WLAN) network planning, site surveys and administration. Ekahau Site Survey gives users a ground-level view of coverage and performance, enabling them to quickly and easily create, improve and troubleshoot WiFi networks. It is used by thousands of IT administrators, wireless service providers, and network infrastructure vendors.

Plan for Coverage & Capacity

ESS shows you where to place and how to configure your access points. ESS also accurately predicts network coverage, performance and capacity. In 3D.

3D Modeling 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 AP Placement

  • Automatic AP placement & channel assignment based on coverage and capacity requirements
  • Manual one-click AP 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

 

 

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 optimized Wi-Fi Site Survey Adapter is included with each purchase of the tool. This adapter is used in combination with, for example, your laptop integrated adapter, as well as any Ekahau Spectrum Analyzers you may have.

  • Simultaneous 2.4 and 5GHz surveys
  • Simultaneous passive & active & spectrum surveys
  • Throughput (iPerf) support
  • Multi-adapter support
  • GPS enabled outdoor surveys
  • Touch screen optimized surveying
  • Locates all APs
  • Fills in the gaps to places you didn't visit
  • Automatic channel optimization
  • Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • See below for analysis features

Full Support for 802.11ac...

802.11ac and 802.11n increase Wi-Fi capacity - and complexity. ESS helps you understand and optimize 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 APs

... 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

 

 

Heatmaps

  • Easy-to-read, crystal-clear heatmaps
  • Signal strength coverage
  • Signal-to-noise ratio
  • 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, AP overload, ...
  • Spectrum Channel Power
  • Spectrum Utilization
  • 802.11ac/n channel width

Analysis features 

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

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
  • AP configurations
  • Coverage and performance heatmaps
  • Network requirements
  • Network health and issues
  • 2.4 & 5GHz separately
  • Per-AP coverage & 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 available only in Ekahau Site Survey Professional version

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 minimizing interference issues.

  • Visualize measured interference and SNR levels on a floor plan
  • Display and minimize co-channel interference
  • Analyze spectrum utilization*
  • Fully understand the spectrum and Wi-Fi behavior in both 2.4 and 5GHz bands*
  • On-the-spot + post-survey
  • Spectrum analysis displayed as amplitude vs frequency density view, as well as over time*

*Ekahau Spectrum Analyzer required

 

 

Capacity is the New Coverage

Don't just think coverage, think capacity, too. The ESS Auto-Planner designs the network according to your capacity requirements. ESS also shows the overloaded APs 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 AP
  • Simulate the impact of 802.11ac and 802.11n Wi-Fi upgrades
  • Throughput heatmaps (surveyed and calculated)

 

 

Troubleshooting: See & Solve Wi-Fi Problems

ESS 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 summarizes the Wi-Fi network condition; it shows why your network fails and where.

Channel Planner optimizes the channels in your network.

Resolve with ESS

  • Coverage holes
  • Throughput problems
  • Excessive interference (Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi)
  • VoIP issues (jitter, packet loss, ...)
  • Insufficient Wi-Fi capacity
  • Excessive VoIP traffic or AP 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 AP
  • Excessive load on a given channel

 

 

macOS Support (Beta)

Ekahau Site Survey runs natively on Mac (Beta)

Why Site Survey Pro?

Expert Wi-Fi Design and Analysis

Ekahau Site Survey & Planner allows you to design and maintain Wi-Fi
networks to ensure your requirements are met. 

Design your WLAN for high capacity, VoIP, video streaming, or RTLS.

Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Planning

Accurately design a high-capacity Wi-Fi network based on your requirements.

Wi-Fi Site Surveys

Ekahau's Wi-Fi site survey tool allows simple yet ultra-comprehensive validation of  Wi-Fi network coverage and performance.

Troubleshoot and Optimize

Eliminate coverage holes, interference issues, roaming problems and all performance bottlenecks.

Automatic Reporting

Automatically create comprehensive reports fully customized to suit your needs.

Highlights

  • Supports 802.11ac as well as 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Hybrid Site Surveys: Passive and active surveys simultaneously
  • Automatically locates all Access Points
  • Signal strength coverage in real time
  • Displays: Signal-to-noise ratio, Interference, Data rate, Number of access points (overlap), strongest access point etc u.v.m.
  • Tools to optimize WIFI networks such as data-, VoIP-, Video- or Location Tracking
  • Network Performance Test and Simulation of various WiFi Adapter and Devices
  • Data-Throughput Testing (iPerf 2 & 3)
  • Multi-Adapter Support (up to three adapters simultaneously)
  • Convert CAD drawings into walls
  • Planing, editing of Wall materials, wall height
  • Simple Cable drawing tool
  • Select and adjust attenuation range
  • Planning and Analysis of WIFI capacity
  • Automatic AP placement & channel assignment based on coverage and capacity requirements
  • Automatic 3D WiFi Planning
  • Fully automatic and customizable reports
  • GPS enabled outdoor surveys
  • Integrated Spectrum Analysis to localize non-WiFi devices (provided with up to 2 Spectrum Analyzers)

Technical Details

General

Supports 802.11ac as well as 802.11a/b/g/n
Works with any 802.11 network

Technical Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Windows 10 (32bit, 64bit)
Windows 8 (32bit, 64bit)
Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit)

Processor

1.5+GHz, multi-core recommended

Memory

2+ GB RAM, 8GB RAM recommended, 16GB+ RAM recommended for very large projects

Hard disk space

1GB required

Documents

Videos