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What are the must haves in your tool kit to aid in helping to configure wireless?

Is it worth buying any extra hardware if you have these to hand ....

1) An iphone  
2) A Laptop
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Configuring wireless doesn't  generally require a lot of tools. Just an SSH client (securecrt is my favorite but putty works too) and a browser and you're set.
If you are asking about troubleshooting wireless and their environments I use plenty of other tools. But it all depends on what you need them for.

Is it professional or for your home network?
For home, I wouldn't buy anything. Maybe, just maybe, Inssider (http://www.metageek.com/products/inssider/personal/) to see which channels are in use etc. Probably I'd go look for the old FREE version instead though: http://cdn2.computeridee.nl/upploads/downloads/inSSIDer-installer.msi

For a professional WLAN engineer however there are quite a few useful tools.

- site survey software (Airmagnet survey , Ekahau),
-  spectrum analyzer (AIRMAGNET Spectrum XT, Metageek Wi-Spy with chanalyzer), used to snif out interference
- wireless packet sniffer (Riverbed Airpcap NX)

There's a ton more but without I guess it all depends on your situation/products/experience/...
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So many routers and APs have web based interfaces, you generally don't need to buy anything for configuration. For troubleshooting, I would recommend a program like Heatmapper or a phone app like WiFi Explorer to check for signal and interference issues.

No need to buy yourself extra hardware for troubleshooting. Are you dealing with a home or business network?
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