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CTS 142: Jussi Kiviniemi Discusses the Ekahau Acquisition

Ookla, makers behind Speedtest.net, have acquired Ekahau.

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Announced October 10th, 2018 Ookla has acquired Ekahau. The makers behind Speedtest.net are getting their hands into the Wi-Fi world by acquiring the maker of Wi-Fi validation tools. It’s a headscratcher of an acquisition. Speedtest.net is Ookla’s flagship product. It’s used by many people around the world. So why an interest in Ekahau, a maker of Wi-Fi validation software and tools?

My first guess is Ookla sees the future of Wi-Fi. They could build their own set of “speedtest” tools for Wi-Fi networks with the help of Ekahau. In return, this provides Ekahau with more resources to put towards Ekahau Site Survey and the Sidekick. It’s a way to further development.

It’s only natural to have reservations when the company in which you use their tools so often gets acquired by someone else. We just don’t want to see our favorite products fall by the wayside.

As I discuss with Jussi Kiviniemi, that’s not the case. They will continue to operate as normal. Their plans for Ekahau Site Survey development are still on schedule, they continue to work on the Sidekick, and continue to work on other projects.

What was evident here was the culture match between Ookla and Ekahau. Jussi Kiviniemi speaks strongly of this and is one of the major decision makers for the approval of the acquisition.

Listen in on what Jussi has to say about the acquisition as we have breakfast at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto.

CTS 069: Jussi Kiviniemi of Ekahau

Jussi Kiviniemi, Senior Vice President of Ekahau, joins the show as our special guest as we record together in Santa Clara. Jussi goes over the conferences he attended and the upcoming updates to Ekahau Site Survey.

Interview with Jussi Kiviniemi

Interview with Jussi

Video demo of Ekahau Site Survey version 9.0

 

  • Attending WLPC and Aruba Atmosphere
    • Great presentations at WLPC, especially on 802.11ax
    • Maker sessions were exciting at WLPC
      • Very hands on
      • Assembled an odroid
      • Building a software defined radio (SDR)
    • Jussi’s presentation at Aruba Atmosphere on Wi-Fi Network Design – 10 Essentials
  • Ekahau Site Survey Updates
    • Using macOS version
      • Can do active/passive surveys
      • Need a compatible adapter for active surveys
      • Haven’t found a reliable adapter to use
    • Read-only version?
      • Ekahau will be taking reporting and read-only to the next level so tune in
    • Updates coming to reporting
    • Version 8.7 will be released soon
      • Includes copy and paste of walls, APs, and predictive elements
      • New APs and antennas included in release
    • Version 9.0
      • Insight into the amount of management vs data vs control frames
      • New capacity planner
      • Accurate analysis of how capacity is distributed
      • Seeing distribution between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
      • Auto Planner is overhauled
        • Added intelligence
        • Able to disable excessive 2.4 GHz radios
      • High capacity areas can be defined with different capacity requirements
      • Airtime utilization
        • Able to see impact of data rate selection, number of SSIDs, AP placement, channels, and overall number of clients impacting airtime
      • New dialog
        • Includes selection of data rates
        • Number of SSIDs on the network
        • Enable/disable of RTS/CTS
        • Bandsteering

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CTS 009: Jussi Kiviniemi of Ekahau

In This Episode – Ekahau Site Survey with Jussi

Interview with Jussi from EkahauI was blessed with Jussi’s presence in San Jose. We decided to do the podcast while taking a walk to Levi Stadium.

This episode is about Ekahau Site Survey and I manage to ask questions about using the application. I’ve been using the Ekahau Site Survey for about 2-3 years and have had questions on how to get site surveys precise.

At the end of the episode I ask about Ekahau Site Survey for OS X because that’s all we care about, right?

Links and Resources Mentioned

Thanks For Listening!

Thanks to Jussi for joining me on the podcast to educate everyone on Ekahau Site Survey and for providing us with information on the next version release.

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