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Wireless Lan survey  software

Posted on 2008-10-07
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Does anyone know of a good wireless Lan survey software. We use Cisco AP's exclusively.  I know of the ACU but it was my understanding you need to have the aironet card on your pc?
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by:johnny_the_knife
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Netstumbler is a good product I have used before.  Compatible with most network cards.
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by:kdearing
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It's not cheap, but AirMagnet is probably one of the best.
I've used it for years.
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by:jasonmichel
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how is airmagnet for ease of use..i looked at it, i notice they have laptop module and planner etc.  What kinda money we talking?
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by:kdearing
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You want the Airmagnet Surveyor.
I just bought the software package and used my own wireless card (make sure it's supported).
A few years ago it ran about $2500.
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by:Pugglewuggle
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Netstumbler is generally regarded as the standard, but here are a few alternatives that people use when netstumbler either a) doesn't work with their wireless card, or b) when they don't like netstumbler.
 http://www.wlanbook.com/netstumbler-alternatives/
Cheers!
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I'll have to disagree with Pugglewuggle to a certain extent.

Netstumbler is a great program, I have it and use it quite a bit.
However it doesn't have the mapping or reporting tools that packages such as AirMagnet, Berkley, Fluke, Ekahau, etc.

If this is a one-time project on your own network, then netstumbler is just fine.
But, if this is for a client and you plan on doing more surveys, then invest in the right software.
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by:jasonmichel
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went with airmagnet..downloaded the free trial and will probably purchase..this software is packed with features...thanks
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