Use VisiWave Site Survey To:
- Collect Wireless Data On A Map
- Visualize and Analyze Your Wireless Coverage
- Create Wi-Fi Reports
To perform a predictive site survey, you start by loading a floor plan image of the survey area. Then within VisiWave's 3D editor you "draw" the walls and other barriers found in the space. This can be done very quickly with just some clicks of the mouse. You also select the type of material each barrier is made of. Then you place one or more access points within the model of the survey area. All of this can be done either on location or remotely. The building can exist or just be in the planning stages.
Once the scene is fully defined, you have VisiWave run the simulation to predict what each radio's WiFi coverage will be. This is then shown to you as a heatmap that is overlaid on the floor of the survey area. You can then easily modify the building's barriers and re-run the simulation to see what affects the changes have on the WiFi coverage. This includes adding or removing barriers, changing their heights or locations, or changing their material.
VisiWave Pro has the ability to suggest where you should place access points when you are doing predictive surveys. You specify an area's barriers (walls) and tell VisiWave how many APs you think you need in that survey area and it then determines its best estimate of where you should install APs. You can also highlight "priority areas" in the survey area. For example, an area of desks or tables where many people often need Wi-Fi could be marked as a priority area. VisiWave then runs its algorithm putting priority on coverage in the priority areas.
The difference between the two comes from the license code you are issued.
- A Pro license code enables full access to predictive surveys.
- A regular license allows you access to everything but predictive surveys.
With the regular license, predictive surveys are only available for evaluation purposes.