Can you help us with an AirCheck Results Project?
We are working on a project to gather more information to share with the community. We’d like to ask if you’d take a couple of minutes to read this and decide if you are willing to help on this project.
The only thing you need is an AirCheck and a couple minutes of your time. If you don’t have an AirCheck – we will have other projects you can contribute to in the future. We chose an AirCheck for this project because it makes the data collection process convenient, as well as consistent.
Have you ever wondered what the Wi-Fi spectrum looks like from your clients point of view? When something is on the air? When your client is able to talk? What Wi-Fi it is competing with? How often, and where is energy detect threshold exceeded? Is 2.4 GHz really dead? How much life does 5 GHz have? Are wider 5 GHz channels in use broadly? How will this impact your wireless networks?
As Wireless LAN Professionals, we wonder these things and more. In an effort to collaborate with the community, let’s see if we can start to tell the story of what you might see in several environment types. Do you need more spectrum allocated? Should we ask for rule changes with the regulatory bodies?
Before we can make any recommendations, we need data around current RF spectrum usage today. This is our chance as the professionals in the industry to provide some insights on the state of the RF spectrum we’ve been allocated so far.
If we all work together, and capture information from a wide variety of locations – we can all share together in the gathered information and reports.
This won’t take any single individual much time at all.
Here is how to contribute using a Fluke AirCheck G1 or a NetScout AirCheck G2:
- Turn on your AirCheck at a test location.
- Select AutoTest from the main screen.
- Once AutoTest completes, save the log file.
- Name the log file using this naming convention:Naming the log file in a standard format, example: SLC_EDU_1, SLC_EDU_2, etc.
Sample number (e.g. 1, 2, 3)
Next 3 characters the type of location, select from the following: EDU for Education and schools
- HOT for Hotels, guest rooms, hallways, lobbies, etc.
- HOS for Hospitals and medical environments
- PUB for Public / Outdoor area
- TRA for Transportation Hubs (Airport, Train Station, etc.)
- RET for retail environments (e.g. Coffee shops, malls, etc.)
- LPV for Stadiums, Arenas, Churches and similar venues (Large Permanent Venues)
- ENT for Enterprise Environments
- GOV for Government Buildings, Emergency communications, emergency response
- IND for Industrial environments (Mining, Port Operations, warehouses, etc.)
- SMB for small and medium businesses
- OTH for anything else
- First 3 characters use the closest airport code (e.g. SLC for Salt Lake City)
- Export your logs from the AirCheck once complete. Zip as many as you have collected into a file with the version of the AirCheck in the name (G1 or G2) and upload to the Wireless LAN Professionals with this link – https://www.dropbox.com/request/Ua2oiXr7Ww31rJzKlvU3
Submit as many AirCheck logs as you can. The logs received before Feb 17th will be parsed and anonymous results will be shared as part of the Wireless LAN Processionals Conference in Phoenix. We are shooting for at least 50 samples of a given category or type.
Here is how the results might look once complete:
Please help by carrying your AirChecks everywhere you go for the next week or so.
It only takes a few minutes to collect a sample and the results will help everyone in the community. The more data we collect, from more places, the better the information we can share together.
Thank you for your support,