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Learn about Wi-Fi.

Not everyone can afford to hire a dedicated WLAN administrator. We would love to help by being your WLAN experts. But, the more you learn about how wireless works the better you will be able to plan, manage, and deploy wireless throughout your organization. And we can still help when you need it. 

So, in the spirit of sharing knowledge here are some fantastic resources to learn about wireless.

In addition, we are available for training in wireless technology via the CWNA and Ekahau WLAN Design Course.
 


Tools

Day-to-day tools.

Various tools we use when troubleshooting, designing, and deploying WLANs. Some of these should be in your toolkit too.

AIRTOOL ➥
Airtool is a system menu bar application that provides basic functions to check the state and channel configuration of the built-in Wi-Fi adapter, as well as to perform frame captures on single and multiple channels[Mac] [FREE]

APPLE AIRPORT UTILITY ➥
Unfortunately, there are no scanning apps allowed on the app store. However, Apple does allow you to enable Wi-Fi scanning in their Airport Utility. You can now scan available WLANs on your iPhone. For [iOS] [FREE]

ARUBA UTILITIES ➥
Aruba Utilities includes a number of tools useful for characterizing and troubleshooting wireless LANs from Aruba Networks. Some tools work with any WLAN, others fetch data from Aruba’s controllers, Airwave management system and location engine. For [Android] [FREE]

EKAHAU SITE SURVEY ➥
The professional's choice for wireless site surveys and predictive modeling/planning. This is what all the cool kids are using! $$$$$

GOOGLE EARTH ➥
Great for getting measurements for outdoor deployments as well buildings.

We often get floor plans that have no scale on them so we use Google Earth to measure the longest line of a building and use that to calibrate our floor plans in our planning/surveying software. Google Earth Pro is also now [FREE].

METAGEEK EYE P.A. ➥
Wi-Fi specific packet analyzer. Shows your 802.11 frames like you've never seen them before! [Win] $$

METAGEEK WI-SPY  + CHANALYZER 5 ➥
A 2.4 and 5GHz spectrum analyzer. See the invisible with Wi-Spy, a custom USB spectrum analyzer designed specifically for troubleshooting Wi-Fi issues. [Win] $$$

NETSCOUT AIRCHECK WI-FI TEST TOOL ➥
AutoTest quickly provides a pass/fail assessment of wireless environment; identifies common problems - for any level of Wi-Fi expertise. Fantastic device that should be in every WLAN pros toolbag. $$$$

NETSCOUT LINKSPRINTER 300  ➥
Handheld network tester to diagnose PoE, Link, DHCP, Gateway and Cloud connectivity. 

Sometimes the problems aren't wireless. $$

SAVVIUS OMNIPEEK 
Most advanced Wireless Packet Analyzer offering to address wireless monitoring, packet analysis, and troubleshooting for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless networks. $$$$

TAMOSOFT THROUGHPUT TEST
Utility for testing the performance of a wired or wireless network. It continuously sends TCP & UDP data streams across your network and computes metrics,like upstream/downstream throughput, packet loss, round-trip time, and displays the results in both numeric and chart formats. [Mac/Win] [FREE]

WIFI ANALYZER ➥ 
Turns your android phone into a Wi-Fi analyzer. Shows the Wi-Fi channels around you.[FREE]

WIFI EXPLORER ➥
The BEST Wi-Fi Scanner period! Also provides detailed description of information elements (IE) advertised by the access point for advanced troubleshooting. We use this regularly. [Mac Only]. $

WI-FI SIGNAL ➥
System menu bar application that provides easy access to your Wi-Fi connection details, monitors the signal quality of your wireless network [Mac Only]. $

WI-FI SCANNER by Access Agility. A Wi-Fi scanner for Windows. [Win] [$]

WIRESHARK ➥
Wireshark is a free, open-source packet analyzer used for network troubleshooting, analysis. 

The most famous packet analyzer of all time! And if you have a Mac no special hardware, or magic is required to do REAL 802.11 monitor-mode paps. If you use Windows read this blog post on the various options for doing wireless packet captures in that OS. [Win/Mac/Linux] [FREE]

And a totally biased endorsement…

Apple MacBook Pro

With an OS based on UNIX/BSD you have the tools right at the command line. Also, with full-access to the wireless NIC you can capture wireless traffic natively in monitor mode - no need for expensive external wireless NICs. Yes, I'm biased - so sue me! :-) $$$$

Videos

Training Videos.

Aruba Instant Training

A complete training course on Aruba Instant WLAN. Completely free.

 

Aruba Central Training

Free online trading for the Aruba Central network management platform, a software-as-a-service subscription in the cloud, gives you streamlined management for multiple Aruba Instant™ Wireless LANs, and Aruba switches.




Instructional Videos & Webinars.

WiFI Shark-FU

Presentation from Wireless LAN Professionals Conference 2019 on using Wireshark for practical wireless packet analysis. If you are interested in troubleshooting wireless, studying for the CWAP exam, or just want to learn about 802.11, watch this video.

Ekahau Webinar - The 7 Tricks of Wi Fi Professionals

Webinar hosted by Ekahau presented by Eddie Forero, ACMX #365, CWNE #160, and CEO at CommunicaONE Inc.

Aruba Webinar - "Modernizing Classroom WLAN"

Don't fall victim to the one-AP-per classroom mantra. It can, and often does, lead to poor WLANs that cost too much and do not function well. Presented by CWNE#3, Keith R Parsons, of WLAN Professionals.

Common Issues with Instant Access Point (IAP) Not Joining the Cluster

This video shows what are most common issues why a new Aruba Instant Access Point fail to join the existing Aruba Instant cluster.

Common Issues with IAP Not Joining Cluster

This video will teach you how to set up Virtual IP interfaces on two ClearPass Policy Managers in a cluster. This allows you to have a secondary RADIUS, TACACS+, WebAuth and captive portal options in the event one of the appliances is off-line. This is a great feature to use when setting up "Intermediate" ClearPass functionality.