Here's the scenario:
My office (a mediation firm) has a wireless network that's available to all clients (typically attorneys) that visit the office. Our clients use the wireless network heavily for browsing, web-based applications, email, VPN access to their own networks, Citrix access to their own networks...
While the network is solid (we have 5 Cisco/Linksys WAP200 units), some clients fail to connect to the network.
When I'm at the office (2 days a week), I'll help our client's out. About 70% of the time, the issue is associated with their wireless configuration, and I'm able to get them going simply by tweaking their wireless configuration settings.
Most the time, however, I'm not around when they fail to connect.
Here's the question: It would be nice to be able to determine if a client's failure to connect when I'm not around is due to the client or one of my WAPs. I've thought about enabling logging on my WAPs, but I don't think it's going to tell me much. (Typically, if a client fails to connect to a WAP, the failure won't show up in the WAP's log file.) I've thought about leaving a test client laptop next to a WAP, simply pinging network gateway with the client every minute, and then logging the ping results. This solution is a little clunky, and I can't leave the test laptop in place indefinitely.