- Bronze, 100 points or more
I'm looking at improving a Wireless implemenation which is not working as required. The first stage would be to perform a site survey. Should I do this with the existing network operational, or take the hit and turn off the APs for a day or so?
First no need to turn off your existing wireless to perform a survey. in fact a survey with your existing network running is required to determine if you have a coverage problem or the source of your problem is something else such as a microwave oven or an incorrectly configured AP or out of date drivers on the users compters. some of the builtin wireless in laptops had serious problems with the original drivers.
The Cisco abg card comes with a survey tool which is very usefull.
this link is to the Appendix F which explains how to perform a site survey with the tool.
If you have an spare AP just configure it with a different SSID and set it up in different locations to check coverage and it shouldn't interfere with your existing wireless.