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CTS 021: WiFi With Keith Parsons

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In This Episode

I have the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing Keith Parsons on the podcast. When I first got started in WiFi, it was Keith’s podcast and resources from WLANPros.com that gave me the right direction. Keith Parsons is CWNE #3 and runs WLANPros.com and also the founder of the WLANPros conference.

In this episode, Keith talks about how he got started in wireless to where he is now. He provides insight into how he designs WiFi in K-12. Along with that are his expertise on 1 AP per classroom and placing APs in hallways.

Near the end of the episode, Keith provides his tips for those just getting started in WiFi, what tools he’s currently using, and more about the upcoming WLPC conference in February 2016.

Links and Resources Mentioned

Defining Channel Overlap

Defining Channel Overlap

Channel Overlap is a heatmap within Ekahau Site Survey. It tells you how much channel overlap (both co-channel and adjacent channel) you have on your predictive or post-site survey. The criteria is defined within the Coverage Requirements window.

Coverage Requirements can be found by going to Project > Coverage Requirements.

By default, the application will allow for channel overlap. By setting the Max number for Channel Overlap to 1, the application will tell you if there is channel overlap heard from more than one access point.

Viewing Secondary Coverage

Another tip Keith provides is viewing secondary coverage. By default, Ekahau shows you primary coverage. But what about if you’re designing for VOIP? Or what if you want to determine coverage for redundancy in the case of an access point failure.

By clicking on Options and then using the drop down to change from strongest to 2nd strongest, which is located at the bottom, the Signal Strength heatmap provides a visualization on secondary coverage.

Thanks For Listening

I hope you enjoyed this episode with Keith Parsons. He provided a lot of knowledge bombs for us on WiFi design, tips on using Ekahau, and his valuable insight.

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