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How to do a Wireless Site Survey FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

What is a wireless site survey?

A wireless site survey is a formal process of analyzing the wireless network coverage of an actual physical space. A site survey can be done to test WiFi coverage at a small office – making sure everyone's laptop can connect to the printer – or on a larger scale, at a manufacturing site or warehouse – making sure that Internet of Things (IoT) devices stay connected and remote operations never get interrupted.

What's the point in doing a wireless site survey?

Wireless site surveys serve many purposes, all related to optimizing network coverage in an area. A site survey identifies dead zones, signal interference and obstacles, helping optimize the coverage and performance of wireless networks. Site surveys are often done to choose locations for access points and routers. And they can also help optimize the use and provisioning of network equipment, which reduces overall network costs and resource allocation.

Is this course on doing wireless site surveys associated with any certifications?

No, this wireless site survey course isn't specifically designed to address any particular certification exam. However, performing wireless site surveys and analyzing their results is relevant information for several different IT credentials. What you learn on this course about wireless network coverage and access point placement and optimization is applicable to the Cisco certification exam 300-425 ENWLSD, which is one of the concentration exams for earning the CCNP Enterprise.

Who should take this course on how to perform wireless site surveys?

Network administrators, system administrators and integrators, wireless engineers and consultants/contractors who help implement, configure and optimize wireless networks are the best audience for this course on conducting wireless site surveys. If your job has anything to do with designing, deploying or maintaining wireless networks – especially for specialized industries like healthcare, education, hospitality or corporate environments – the skills on this short course will be particularly useful.

What's the difference between active and passive wireless surveys?

An active wireless survey is one in which signals are actively transmitted and their performance or degradation is assessed to spot issues with access point deployment and configuration. Passive site surveys are done with existing wireless signals in the environment. Both site survey types analyze coverage, signal strength and interference levels, but active surveys can be more intrusive, while passive site surveys can provide insights into real-world network behavior.
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