RF Toolbox – iPhone App

Sometimes you come across a great tool, well designed, ‘pretty’, works well, and does only those things that you need, nothing more. One of those tools is RF Toolbox.

As a consultant and trainer in the Wireless Networking arena – I’ve found this little app well worth the $7.99 cost. (OK, I know it seems like a lot when compared with other ‘free’ apps – but it is truly a small cost to pay for this functionality)

It will run on either an iPhone or an iPod Touch.

I’ve got an iPod Touch dedicated to just running tools and apps for Wireless LAN Professionals, this post will turn into a continuing review of the tools and techniques I’ve found that help in the craft.

This app comes with both RF Tools and GPS Tools

For you ‘indoor only’ kind of networking guys – this tool has parts for you. One of the calculators is for Link Budget Analysis, another that will be of use to you is the dBm/Watt Converter.

The real strength of the app is in helping the ‘outdoor type’ folks with their Wireless LAN deployments. Supporting these installations are Fresnel Zone, Downtilt Coverage, Free Space Loss and other important calculators.

But in the GPS set I find myself using the Lat/Long Conversions most. AirMagnet Survey Pro requires it’s GPS coordinates in decimal format, and Google Earth keeps theirs in Degree, Minute, Second format – so I use this calculator to move back and forth between the two.

This tool is Highly Recommended – ***** (that’s five stars)

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8 thoughts on “RF Toolbox – iPhone App

  1. Keith, I completely agree. I purchased this app about 5 weeks ago, shortly after I started on this mesh project in Washington. I think it is great. I have not been able to really put it through the wringer yet, but I have used the GPS tools a number of times, the conversion tools and I just love it.

    • Glad you liked it. I'll be posting more iPhone app reviews in the future. Any apps you especially like and use in your work?

      • I do a lot of site survey's as well and I always end up using my iPhone and WiFi-Fo-Fum to give me a basic idea of what the area looks like to low-power devices. I have worked in warehouses a lot where they use various types of scanners and I have found that my iPhone is always a good comparison. RF Toolbox and WiFi-Fo-Fum are the two primary apps that I use.

        • Thanks for the input on other iPhone apps for Wireless LAN Professionals. I agree with your sentiments. I too like using my iPhone as a quick and dirty survey tool – and WiFi-Fo-Fum is another good tool to use.

    • The RF & Microwave Toolbox for Android is the best and most complete toolbox. If you find something missing in the toolbox than you can do a request.