Training Course

Wireless Site Survey Professional (WSSP4)

  • WSSP4
  • £2,895 +VAT
  • 4 days

Why this Wireless Survey course?

This high-value, industry-leading Wireless Site Survey training course, created by Europe’s leading Wi-Fi survey specialists, meets the needs of wireless network professionals and surveyors responsible for planning, surveying, installing or troubleshooting WiFi wireless networks. The course covers:

  • Wireless LAN and Radio Frequency (RF) fundamentals
  • Predictive Wi-Fi network design using Ekahau Pro
  • Pre- and post-deployment passive and active Wi-Fi site surveys
  • Troubleshooting Wi-Fi network problems using using Ekahau Pro
  • RF Spectrum and interference analysis
  • Advanced reporting using using advanced Ekahau Pro features
  • Undocumented tips and best practices for working with Ekahau Pro

Who should attend this Wireless Survey course

  • Wi-Fi network site survey professionals.
  • Wi-Fi network professionals with responsibility for network support and troubleshooting.
  • Wi-Fi network professionals responsible for planning and designing 802.11 Wi-Fi wireless networks.
  • All networking professionals who wish to gain critical skills in Wi-Fi network planning, design, installation, or support.

Wireless Survey Course Pre-requisites

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

  • The essentials of Layer 2 Ethernet networking
  • Strong computer skills
  • Each student must bring a laptop to the class (Microsoft Windows 10 laptop, or a Macbook set up to run Windows 10)

Hands-on Practicals

This course incorporates extensive hands-on practical Wi-Fi network planning and design sessions working with Ekahau Pro.

Lifetime Post-Course Support

After completing this Wireless Survey training course, delegates receive lifetime post-training support from LEVER Technology Group, to help them apply the technologies and skills they have learned with us, to provide career-long support, and to ensure they are better equipped for their future roles in IT and networking.

Wireless Survey Training Course Content

The role of the Wi-Fi network Designer and Surveyor

  • The Wi-Fi WLAN lifecycle
  • The 7 different types of WiFi site survey
  • Pre-Deployment survey
  • Predictive Design
  • “AP-on-a-stick” surveys
  • Post-Deployment survey
  • Predictive Design versus Manual Survey
  • Defining the scope of the assignment
  • Determining customer requirements
  • Using state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network Specifications
  • Setting customer expectations

Understanding RF Fundamentals

  • RF Laws and Standards
  • Unlicensed / License-exempt bands: 2.4GHz, 5GHz
  • The new 6GHz bands
  • The essentials of Wi-Fi WLANs
  • Understanding dB and dBm
  • Mastering RF Maths
  • The rules of 10s and 3s

Antenna Fundamentals

  • Antenna gain, dBi, dBd, dBr
  • RF power, IR, EIRP
  • EIRP and RF maths
  • Signal strength, SNR, RSSI
  • SINR
  • Understanding Receiver Sensitivity
  • Understanding Adaptive Data Rate operation
  • Modulation and Coding
  • 802.11 MCS
  • MCS vs RSSI and SNR
  • Asymmetrical / Simplex link operation

802.11 Fundamentals

  • Authentication
  • Association
  • Contention
  • Cell sizing and data rates
  • Range Boundaries
  • Supported data rates
  • 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4)
  • 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
  • 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
  • Key vocabulary

Working with Ekahau Pro

  • Installing Ekahau Pro
  • Key Ekahau Pro visualisations
  • Inputting the Coverage Specification
  • Understanding key Wi-Fi network Metrics, Criteria and Conditions
  • Signal Strength assessment
  • Assessing Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
  • Assessing alternate AP coverage
  • Assessing RF Channel Overlap (Channel Interference)
  • Assessing Associated and Predicted Data Rates
  • Review of other key Ekahau Pro visualisations

Defining the Wi-Fi RF Network Coverage specification

  • Capacity Planning for your Wi-Fi network

Auditing an existing network

  • Visual inspection of the installation
  • RF Spectrum analysis and review
  • Drawing immediate conclusions

Advanced Wi-Fi Network Design

  • Channel Overlap and Interference
  • Maximising Frequency Reuse
  • Designing for:
    • Coverage
    • Capacity
    • Availability
    • Grade of Service
    • RTLS

Defining WLAN Requirements

  • Creating a definitive Wi-Fi RF Network coverage specification
  • Detailed Capacity Planning for Wi-Fi networks
  • Creating a definitive Wi-Fi Network Capacity Planning specification
  • Example: Medical Clinic Group (or similar)
  • Assignment: Detailed Requirements Capture

Exercise: Test-prep questions for WCC Certified Ekahau Pro Design and Survey Engineer exam

Using Ekahau Pro with External Hardware

  • Surveying with different NICs
  • Surveying with Ekahau Sidekick™
  • Using GPS

Ekahau Pro Design

  • Demonstration using example customer requirements and network designs
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Installing Ekahau Pro
  • Predictive Design exercises
    • Small Warehouse
    • Large Warehouse
  • Exercise: Drawing walls manually
  • Exercise: CAD file Import and wall classification
  • Design Exercise: Education

Advanced Wi-Fi Network Design

  • Designing for Multiple Floors
    • Design Exercise: Enterprise / Offices
  • Designing for Coverage
    • Design Exercise: Enterprise / Offices
  • Iterating Predictive Design and Manual Survey

Designing for Capacity

  • Using Ekahau Auto-Planner
  • Design Exercise: Enterprise / Offices

Exercise: Further reading, including White Papers

Exercise: Test-prep questions for WCC Certified Ekahau Pro Design and Survey Engineer

Outdoor Wi-Fi Network Design

  • Determining RF attenuation for
    • Walls
    • Attenuation Areas

Performing a Post-Installation / Validation Survey

  • Important Rules for accurate site surveys
  • Analysing Survey Results
  • Reviewing all Ekahau Pro and Visualisations options
  • Active vs. Passive surveys
  • Throughput surveys

Exam Review for WCC Certified Ekahau Pro Design and Survey Engineer exam

  • Review of WLAN, Ekahau Pro and Design/Survey Vocabulary

Performing Manual Site Surveys

  • “AP on a Stick” Surveys
  • Ekahau Pro Reporting Features
  • Spectrum Analysis using Ekahau Pro
  • Identifying and locating sources of interference
  • Ekahau Sidekick™ demonstration

Advanced Module: Ekahau Pro Advanced Reporting Features

  • Creating bepoke templated reports

Advanced Module: Active Survey and Throughput Testing

  • Using Active site survey
  • Throughput testing with Ekahau Pro

Final Exam Review of Key Concepts

  • WiFi Design
  • Requirements, Criteria, Conditions
  • Predictive Design
  • Visualsation and Analysis

Optional Training Modules:

  • Performing a GPS Survey
  • Customised Reporting with Ekahau Pro
  • Equipment for “AP on a Stick” surveys (APoS)
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