AirMagnet Survey Review

Ability to click and walk a straight route to the end without multiple clicks is valuable


What is most valuable?

  • Ability to delete and redo sections in the middle of a survey.
  • Ability to click and walk a straight route to the end without multiple clicks.
  • AM Survey can be programmed to automatically collect information at specified intervals, so rather than having to walk, stop, click, walk, stop, click; you walk a steady speed in a straight line and click once at the end of the line, and Survey evenly spaces information for that entire path. Now say you finished half of a survey area and you accidentally click across the building, I can take that path of information out, go back to the start of that one line or row and do it again. Some products would force you to resurvey the entire area.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows me to easily verify WiFi signal strength and faults associated with the constant changing warehouse environments.

What needs improvement?

If anything, the rendering speed when doing or looking at large surveys could be faster, but I understand that sheer volume of information is the issue. So with a faster Laptop processor, more memory will help that. I use AirMagnet for very large high density warehouse installs and maintenance. One million plus square feet with multiple floors and/or open mezzanines. While you can do these in multiple sections where rendering isn't an issue, sometimes you want to see the big picture all in one place. It's these large, high density areas that can be slow at rendering information. A high-end laptop with lots of memory improved this greatly. I don't believe this is a big problem for most organizations, but my environments were taking 10+ minutes to render. After upgrading to a new laptop with 16G of memory, rendering was down to one to two minutes.

For how long have I used the solution?

Nine years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No problems.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No problems.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No problems.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Excellent.

Technical Support:

Excellent.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Yes, NetStumbler, Ekahau, and hand drawn survey with a laptop.

How was the initial setup?

Setup is straightforward. Overall setup can be straightforward or complex depending on the users knowledge of WiFi. Under educated users can setup, use, and get good information, but setup can get very complex for advanced engineers to troubleshoot advanced issues.

What about the implementation team?

In-house.

What was our ROI?

I think a basic version with no access to advanced setting at a low cost would generate more interest from small companies.

What other advice do I have?

Know how to create or obtain scaled diagrams.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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