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What does everyone use for Wi-Fi troubleshooting and spectrum analysis? I've got some localized issues this year in the dorms that were not present in previous years that I need to get to the root cause of, and am thinking it is probably interference based. Therefore, I'm looking at purchasing something to do spectrum analysis with. I've been looking at getting Wi-Spy DBx with software, but have also had good luck in the past with Fluke products and am debating their AirMedic USB kit. Anyone have any suggestions? Chris Wieringa cwieri39@calvin.edu Calvin College ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Message from trent.hurt@louisville.edu

Here is a great podcast that discusses various RF tools, as well as some videos that compare the different RF apps. I personally still use the cisco spectrum expert card, works great just hate pcmcia form factor of the card. http://nostringsattachedshow.com/2012/01/04/e01-rf-whisperer/ ->podcast regarding rf tools http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5-NUK5su1w&feature=plcp -> side by side by side comparison of the Cisco Spectrum Expert app, AirMagnet Spectrum XT app and Metageek's WiSpy Chanalyzer 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a13A4LYdg_E&feature=plcp -> compare/contrast of the MetaGeek Chanalyzer Pro application vs. the Cisco Spectrum Expert applications Thanks Trent
Do your APs have any spectrum analysis capabilities? Lee H. Badman Network Architect/Wireless TME Information Technology and Services (ITS) Syracuse University 315 443-3003    
New entry into the market... www.7signal.com Does more than just spectrum analysis and it is designed more for fixed installation, but worth adding to the discussion. Caston Thomas President InterWorks Mobile 586.530.4981 Office  248.608.0000 x707
Message from ssmith@siu.edu

We have multiples of the following, AirMagnet Sensors, AirMagnet XT, Cisco Specturm Expert (although we tend to not use this very often anymore), AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer, Fluke Aircheck, Fluke INA WLAN, Fluke Etherscope WLAN, multiple Linux apps like Kismet, Agilent Spectrum Analyzer (120Hz - 6.8GHz), and a few others.

Depending on what the scenario is I'll dispatch my team with specific tools of the above mentioned.

I've been doing RF since 1997 and have developed a large subset of tools over the years and learned that it's good to have great tools in the tool belt but rarely does one size fit all circumstances.

I would gladly welcome any discussion off list if anyone would want/need some suggestions/guidance/experiences/warnings/etc.

Christopher Wieringa wrote:
What does everyone use for Wi-Fi troubleshooting and spectrum analysis? I've got some localized issues this year in the dorms that were not present in previous years that I need to get to the root cause of, and am thinking it is probably interference based. Therefore, I'm looking at purchasing something to do spectrum analysis with. I've been looking at getting Wi-Spy DBx with software, but have also had good luck in the past with Fluke products and am debating their AirMedic USB kit. Anyone have any suggestions? Chris Wieringa cwieri39@calvin.edu Calvin College ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Scott Smith 

Network Engineering

Information Technology

Southern Illinois University Carbondale 

Redhat Certified Engineer

ssmith@siu.edu


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