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On 10/18/2013 5:08 PM, Merideth Drudge wrote:
Thanks everyone for your input on this, I appreciate it.

Eric, right now we haven't really been using anything for RF interference analysis, so I have also been looking into that.  Wi-spy looks interesting (and they plan on an Android version of their software, but when?) and I also found WiPry which works on iOS devices.  Any thoughts on these devices for checking RF interference?

I don't think you'll get much RF detail from a stock wireless chip, at least not spectrum analysis (if it can, I' love to hear about/see it :)  ).

While on the RF spectrum thought, anyone have any experience with Fluke's AirMedic?  It's a USB-housed wireless / spectrum analyzer.   Looking at the brief specifications it looks neat, but comes in a "standard" version and a "extended spectrum analysis" version that's 2x the cost of the standard, making me wonder if the standard does any spectrum at all...

We're looking at wireless test equipment (beyond the Droid + WiFi Analyzer) to try and troubleshoot some problematic cases we have run into.  Would love to hear what others are doing / using / liking / hating / etc.

Jeff
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Merideth,

Wi-spy currently requires a dongle and hence a laptop or MACbook to make it work.
It gives you good insight in spectrum behavior (much better insights than Wi-Fi analyzer, which mainly restricts to the channels in use).  Please note that you still need expertise to translate the Wi-spy information to actions that solve the RF-problems (is it caused by bluetooth, by a microwave, by people that have MiFis of other equipment that behave like access points, by wireless camera's that send periodic information..). There is a regular variant and a professional one. The latter is rather expensive (especialy the licenses).

-Frans

From: "Merideth Drudge" <merideth@SAINTMARYS.EDU>
To: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2013 11:08:22 PM
Subject: Re: [WIRELESS-LAN] Android tablet for wifi analysis?

Thanks everyone for your input on this, I appreciate it.

Eric, right now we haven't really been using anything for RF interference analysis, so I have also been looking into that.  Wi-spy looks interesting (and they plan on an Android version of their software, but when?) and I also found WiPry which works on iOS devices.  Any thoughts on these devices for checking RF interference?

Thanks,

Merideth


I have been using a Nexus 7 for the past year on our network and it save me a lot of time for those quick checks. It’s also a lot lighter to carry around campus than my big bulky laptop. I use all the same programs as already mentioned in the other post with the exception of one other one. JuiceSSH works real well for me when I need to get back to other servers or controllers in a CLI and I’m out in the field. Only drawback might be is that you wish you get the 10” over the 7”.

 

Message from briggsgb@plu.edu

Add another tally mark to the number of Nexus 7 recommendations.  It is dual band, light, and fast.  For android software we use Ekahau Mobile Survey primarily since we can import our maps from Site Survey.  Wifi Analyser and eBITS are also good.  I do my serious analysis on an XPS 12, sometimes in tablet mode even, but that plus the Nexus 7 make a nice team.  

If you are using inSSIDer, you will like Chanalyzer Pro. Great for finding interference, and with an XPS 12 or Yoga you can use it in tablet mode.  

Greg Briggs
Network Manager
Pacific Lutheran University


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