CTS 019: WiFi Predictive Modeling

In This Episode

The first episode for 2016 is going to be about Wi-Fi predictive modeling – how I plan my wireless networks.

But before we get into the meat of the episode, I’d like to share my new year resolutions:

  • CWAP
  • CWDP
  • More learning
  • More podcasts!

Man, I have a lot to work on. What are your resolutions?

My 2016 predications:

  • LTE over Wi-Fi*I meant to say LTE-U and LAA* to gain traction
  • We’ll be working with more poor Wi-Fi
  • Someone will be fined over blocking Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi calling will take off

Predictive Modeling

Predictive modeling is a method in which a software application is used to predict the number of access points required on a floor plan based on user inputted capacity and coverage requirements.

As the phrase says, it is a PREDICTIVE model. A wireless installation should be verified to end user requirements.

My application of choice is Ekahau Site Survey.

Some things to consider in your predictive model using Ekahau:

  • Setting Capacity and Performance requirements
  • Setting Coverage requirements
  • Importing a floor plan
  • Setting scale and alignment points
  • Adding a coverage area
  • Adding access points
  • Optimize placement
Configure your network requirements.

Configure your network requirements.

Configure your capacity requirements.

Configure your capacity requirements.

Set the scale on the floor plan.

Set the scale on the floor plan.

Set the alignment points (for multiple floors)

Set the alignment points (for multiple floors)

Set the coverage area.

Set the coverage area.

Using the Auto-Planner to automatically place APs on the floor plan.

Using the Auto-Planner to automatically place APs on the floor plan.

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About the Author
Rowell, CWNE #210, is a network engineer in Higher-Ed. He enjoys working with wireless networking technologies and loves to share and engage with the community. You can connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

2 comments on CTS 019: WiFi Predictive Modeling

  1. John Paton says:

    I’m in the process of starting down this road.
    Just want to say thank you for putting this up, Rowell.
    It is incredibly helpful.

    1. Rowell says:

      Hi John,

      Glad you found this helpful. Good luck! You may want to look at this post I did on predictive surveys.

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