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I am a tech in a school and I am looking for a way to survey the wireless signal around the building.

There are multiple apple airport (yucky yucky not my choice) access points in the building that have the same wireless name but are on different channels.

I want to walk around with either my laptop or my iPad and be able to figure out where the dead spots are in the building.

Is there a program for Mac PC, android or iPad (I have access to all) that will let me do what I want to do?

I could pay for this software if needed because I would be reimbursed by the school.

Thanks!!
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http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/
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I will give that a shot! Thanks!

Any others anyone knows of? I will probably try them all
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InSSIDer is the only tool I know of. It works really well, you can get a graph of signal strength vs. time and see how different areas compare just by walking around with a laptop.
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It doesn't work as well as it needs to. It gives a lot of bogus info
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post #7 of 12
Hmm... Haven't done a survey with a Mac yet.

For my tablet PC, I use AirMagnet Survey Pro, Spectrum XT, and WiFi Analyzer. Definitely a professional product. Fairly expensive. I use it for work.

http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterpr...rMagnet-Survey

That might be way out of your schools budget though.

Also, you can try out the Demo. I don't know how limited the Demo is, but it should give you a good idea of what it is capable of.
Edited by Biscuits_N_Gravy - 8/18/11 at 2:47pm
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post #8 of 12
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Hmm... Haven't done a survey with a Mac yet.

For my tablet PC, I use AirMagnet Survey Pro, Spectrum XT, and WiFi Analyzer. Definitely a professional product. Fairly expensive. I use it for work.

http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterpr...rMagnet-Survey

That might be way out of your schools budget though.

Also, you can try out the Demo. I don't know how limited the Demo is, but it should give you a good idea of what it is capable of.
Do you know how much it costs?
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I have a question which has been bothering me for some time.
Is it legal to connect to unprotected WiFi Networks. I can see about a dozen
near my home..
I am asking be cause in my head everything that is in the air and not protected is free. I mean otherwise why is nobody charging us for the simple radio (FM/AM) ?
One of my friends was in the town the other day with his laptop(it was in Den Haag, Netherlands). The police grabbed him and said that normally he has to pay a fine of 520Euros, but this time they will let him go with a warning..... I was really surprised. I mean there are even official free WiFi networks (ex. in McDonald's ..... ) .

What do You guys think... Be cause maybe my friend can open a case about this matter.
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I have a question which has been bothering me for some time.
Is it legal to connect to unprotected WiFi Networks. I can see about a dozen
near my home..
I am asking be cause in my head everything that is in the air and not protected is free. I mean otherwise why is nobody charging us for the simple radio (FM/AM) ?
One of my friends was in the town the other day with his laptop(it was in Den Haag, Netherlands). The police grabbed him and said that normally he has to pay a fine of 520Euros, but this time they will let him go with a warning..... I was really surprised. I mean there are even official free WiFi networks (ex. in McDonald's ..... ) .

What do You guys think... Be cause maybe my friend can open a case about this matter.
In the USA it's the owners responsibility to secure their network.
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