Greetings all - would like someone to share their experiences; Our company is considering some new purchases with regards to survey kits. It has been suggested that we do not need a Survey AP for our kits, since Airmagnet planning software should tell us everything we need to know. Needless today, I am skeptical about depending soley on a predictive software to determine this. Anyone have any thoughts or experiences they wish to share? Thanks in advance (note, we will be using this for both 802.11a for voice, as well as 802.11b/g surveying)
Regardless of whether you use AirMagnet Planner or Ekahau they are not replacements for site surveying. The planners will give you an idea of what you should do, but do not replace a physical survey by any means. ANY time I see the word VOICE you HAVE to do a physical survey, and a proper one at that.
A bunch of us seasoned wireless engineers discuss this on a podcast episode over at the NSA Show.
While I've used the planning tools a lot and can have it almost exact, you need to do a survey.