Training Course

Ekahau AI Pro – Wi-Fi Network Design and Survey

  • ESSE4
  • £2,885 +VAT
  • 4 days

Why this Ekahau AI Pro course?

This Ekahau AI Pro training course provides a comprehensive coverage of Wi-Fi network Planning, Design, Surveying and Reporting using Ekahau AI Pro (formerly Ekahau Pro and Ekahau Site Survey). Focussed lecture sessions and hands-on practical exercises with Ekahau AI Pro, plus on-site survey and predictive design exercises, are key features of this course. Attendees also learn the key aspects of Wi-Fi life cycle management, including 802.11 / Wi-Fi network and RF essentials, Pre- and Post-deployment site surveys, Predictive design, RF Spectrum analysis, plus many undocumented tips and techniques for expert Wi-Fi network engineering.

Ekahau AI Pro Training Course Objectives

On completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand Radio Frequency (RF) fundamentals, including RF bands, RF channels, Signal Strength, dB, dBm, dBi, dBd
  • Understand Wi-Fi network standards and Wi-Fi network operation in depth
  • Perform Predictive Wi-Fi network design for new and existing networks using Ekahau AI Pro
  • Perform on-site Passive and Active Wi-Fi site surveys of existing Wi-Fi networks
  • Capture and Analyse Wi-Fi survey data
  • Perform RF spectrum analysis for Wi-Fi networks
  • Understand Wi-Fi network Planning, Design, Site Survey and Reporting in depth
  • Troubleshoot and Optimise Wi-Fi networks for better coverage, capacity and performance.

Ekahau AI Pro Course Pre-requisites

Students should have the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

  • The essentials of Layer 2 Ethernet networking
  • Wi-Fi standards (802.11n, 802.11ac and 802.11ax), 2.4GHz and 5GHz channels, Wi-Fi APs and clients
  • Strong computer skills
  • Each student must bring a laptop to the class (Microsoft Windows 10 laptop, or an Apple Macbook).

Hands-on Practicals

The course incorporates extensive hands-on practical labs with Ekahau AI Pro, including Predictive Wi-Fi network design and Site Survey with Ekahau AI Pro.

12 Months Post-Course Support

After completing this Ekahau AI Pro training course, delegates receive 12 months post-training support from LEVER Technology Group, to help them apply the technologies and skills they have learned with us.

Ekahau AI Pro Training Course Content

Day 1

Wi-Fi Network Essentials

  • RF and Wi-Fi Standards Bodies
  • IEEE 802.11 Standards, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • 802.11ax amendment – Wi-Fi 6
  • Wi-Fi Alliance™ standards
  • Standards for Wi-Fi network engineering

Wi-Fi Network Operation

  • 802.11 Operating Modes, BSS, IBSS
  • WLAN Radios
  • Access Points
  • Wi-Fi Clients
  • Beacon Frames, SSID, BSSID
  • Passive and Active Scanning
  • Association and Authentication

Understanding RF Fundamentals

  • Understanding Radio Waves
  • RF Bandwidth
  • RF Spectrum Analysis
  • Wi-Fi RF Bands
  • RF Laws and Standards
  • DSSS and OFDM spread spectrum schemes
  • Wi-Fi Channels
    • 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz channels
    • OFDM and subcarriers
    • DFS and TPC

Antennas and RF Signal Propagation

  • RF signal propagation
  • Multipath environments
  • EM waves and Polarisation
  • The Isotropic Radiator
  • Passive antenna gain
  • Example antenna types
  • Polar Plots and antenna coverage patterns
  • Antenna gain, dBi, dBd, dBr

RF Maths

  • RF Signal Strength
  • Why we use logarithms in RF maths
  • Linear and Log power measurement: mW versus dBm
  • Understanding dB and dBm
  • The rules of 10s and 3s
  • Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)
  • EIRP and RF maths
  • Inverse Square Law
  • Free Space Path Loss (FSPL)

802.11 PHY: Modulation, Coding and Performance

  • Amplitude, Frequency and Phase modulation
  • BPSK, QPSK Phase Modulation and Constellations
  • QAM, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM, 1024-QAM
  • Convolutional Coding
  • Modulation and Coding Schemes (MCS)
  • 11a (OFDM) and 11g (ERP) Data Rates
  • 11n (HT) and 11ac (VHT) MCS
  • Receiver Sensitivity vs Data Rates
  • Sources of RF Interference
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
  • Data Rate versus Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) and Bandwidth

Day 2

Advanced 802.11 / Wi-Fi Principles

  • 802.11 Medium Access Control (MAC)
  • 802.11 Frame Types
  • Contention process
  • Co-Channel and Adjacent Channel Interference
  • Understanding Receiver Sensitivity
  • Understanding Associated Data Rate
  • Roaming in a Wi-Fi network
  • 802.11n (HT) Enhancements
  • 802.11ac (VHT) Enhancements
  • Understanding Spatial Streams
  • Transmit Beamforming (TxBF)
  • Multi-User MIMO
  • Overview of 802.11ax – Wi-Fi 6
  • Understanding OFDMA

Understanding Wi-Fi network Design and Survey

  • The Wi-Fi WLAN lifecycle
  • The different types of Wi-Fi site survey
  • Passive versus Active Wi-Fi survey
  • Predictive Wi-Fi Network Design
  • “AP-on-a-Stick” (APoS) surveys
  • Post-Deployment survey
  • Defining the Wi-Fi RF Network Coverage specification
  • Capacity Planning for your Wi-Fi network
  • The four-step Capacity Planning process

Working with Ekahau AI Pro

  • Importing and scaling floor plans
  • Predictive Wi-Fi network design
  • Key Ekahau AI Pro visualisations
  • Wi-Fi network Coverage and Capacity Specifications
  • Understanding the key Wi-Fi network Metrics, Criteria and Conditions
  • Signal Strength assessment
  • Assessing Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
  • Assessing alternate AP coverage provision
  • Assessing RF Channel Overlap
  • Assessing Associated and Predicted Data Rates

Wi-Fi Network Design with Ekahau AI Pro

  • Ekahau AI Auto-Planner
  • Improving on an Auto-Planner design
  • Design exercises
    • Office space
    • Customer-specific space
  • Drawing walls manually
  • CAD file Import and wall classification

Day 3

Advanced Wi-Fi Network Design

  • Predictive Design using Ekahau AI Pro
  • 3D Buildings and Design for Multiple Floors
  • Designing for Coverage
  • Designing for Capacity
  • Using Ekahau Auto-Planner
    • Design Exercise: Existing Office Space
    • Determining RF attenuation for walls and Attenuation Areas

Auditing an Existing Wi-Fi Network

  • Surveying with Ekahau Sidekick™
  • Visual inspection of the installation
  • Performing Passive and Active survey with Ekahau Sidekick
  • Using Ekahau Insights
  • Drawing immediate conclusions
  • Identifying the Design flaws in a Wi-Fi network

Surveying and Assessing an Existing Wi-Fi network

  • Assessing the Capacity of a Wi-Fi network
  • Identifying the Design flaws in a Wi-Fi network
  • Identifying the Implementation flaws in a Wi-Fi network
  • Wi-Fi network Diagnosis
  • Performing critical tests on a Wi-Fi network
  • Reviewing the critical Ekahau AI Pro visualisations
  • Drawing conclusions about the installed Wi-Fi networks
    • How well are the Coverage requirements met?
    • How well are the Capacity requirements met?
    • How well is the Wi-Fi network configured?
    • What specific improvements should be made to the network?
  • Re-designing an Existing Wi-Fi network

Day 4

Advanced Site Survey and Design

  • When to perform an APoS survey
  • Limitations of Predictive Design
  • Equipment to use
  • Configuring the equipment
  • Choosing locations for APoS
  • Performing an APoS survey
  • Ekahau Pro Survey Methods
  • Starting your APoS Survey
  • Surveying the Coverage vs Interference Range
  • Freezing APs
  • Throughput Testing
  • APoS – practical lab exercise

RF Spectrum Analysis

  • What can we learn from Spectrum Analysis?
  • RF signatures, Classifying signals
  • Identifying non-Wi-Fi interference

Wi-Fi Network Troubleshooting

  • The Wi-Fi Network Troubleshooting process
  • Wi-Fi network Diagnosis
  • Using Ekahau Analyzer
  • Performing critical tests on a Wi-Fi network
  • Using Ekahau Capture
  • Reviewing capture traces

Introduction to Ekahau Reporting

  • Generating Ekahau AI Pro reports
  • Using Ekahau AI Pro Report Templates
  • Creating your own Ekahau AI Pro Report Templates
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