Wireless Site Survey

Implemented projects

Wi-Fi networks are scaling every year, becoming more and more critical in the corporate IT infrastructure.

Insufficient Wi-Fi signal coverage in areas such as warehouse complexes, office centers, hotels, etc., leads to a slowdown or even a stop of accepted business processes, which could negatively affect the entire work of the company and its reputation.

Main Goal of RF Site Survey

A Radio Frequency survey is very effective when building a new or upgrading an existing Wi-Fi network. RF survey determines and shows the efficient number of Wi-Fi hotspots, the best places for their installation, the exact orientation of the antennas, and the frequency and power settings of the equipment.

Especially in big cities like Dubai, RF survey is essential in Wi-Fi network planning.

Without running a professional RF survey, it is impossible to accurately predict how the Wi-Fi signal will propagate because there is a massive number of visible and invisible factors that affect Wi-Fi network:

  • Any obstacles (walls, doors, partitions, racks), depending on their configuration and materials, introduce significant attenuation into the propagation of the radio signal
  • Operating industrial equipment (machines, motors, welding systems, air conditioners) have a significant negative impact on the operation of nearby Wi-Fi equipment
  • Household appliances and other equipment (microwave ovens, Wi-Fi cameras, wireless content delivery systems, Bluetooth devices, etc.). Create active interference in the work of Wi-Fi networks
  • Third-party wireless Wi-Fi networks are sources of constant active interference, the methods of detuning from which are effectively located at the survey site

LWCOM’s qualified RF Services in Dubai can improve the sufficiency of Wi-Fi networks.


When Is RF Survey & Wi-Fi Network Deep Research Needed?

Before building a new or upgrading an existing Wi-Fi network The physical characteristics of the object, obstacles, and the environment that affect the propagation of Wi-Fi signals and the stable operation of Wi-Fi equipment at the survey site are studied. The examination is usually performed using the "access point on a stick" (AP-on-a-Stick) technique.
After wireless network implementationA test is performed to confirm that the network meets the required parameters. Supervised installation must be carried out to control the correctness of the installation sites since even a slight deviation in the angles of inclination or shading of the antennas by an obstacle significantly impacts the final result. Both the main characteristics of the Wi-Fi network (signal level, signal-to-noise ratio) and additional ones (measurement of channel distribution, network bandwidth) are checked.
During operation The physical parameters of the Wi-Fi network and the Wi-Fi equipment settings are audited. The influence of certain factors on the quality of the Wi-Fi network is studied and evaluated. The compliance of the Wi-Fi network with business requirements is assessed.

Types of WiFi Network Site Surveys

Passive RF Survey

Basic information about the characteristics of the wireless environment of the object is collected concerning the survey route:

  • Signal level and operating frequencies from all detected Wi-Fi devices
  • On-site signals from any other sources of radio emission within the working ranges of Wi-Fi devices

Based on the data obtained, a reliable assessment of the main qualitative characteristics of the Wi-Fi network is made, such as signal level, signal-to-noise ratio, overlap zones, and interference level.

Active RF Survey

When conducting an active survey, the measuring equipment is connected to the existing working Wi-Fi network as a client. Using special software, a constant data stream is generated towards the client device, and the following indicators are measured in addition to the main ones:

  • real connection speed
  • packet loss
  • roaming process between access points

If necessary, a packet-by-packet exchange (dump) is taken in the data transfer process between wireless clients and an access point. Based on the received data, it is possible to detect and correct problems unrelated to the physical environment, for example, those associated with errors in the operation or settings of the hardware of both the wired and wireless networks.

Radio Survey Stages

Before equipment implementation

Data Collection
  • Assessment of customer requirements for Wi-Fi network service
  • Creation of a 3D model of the object according to the provided floor plans
  • Perform predictive coverage planning based on room heights, wall and partition materials, user placements, user device types, and applications they use
  • Preparing a general Wi-Fi network design and a rough hardware specification
Inspection of An Object in Passive Mode
  • Visual inspection of the object
  • Checking the relevance of plans and calibrating the dimensions of the premises
  • Installing the hot spot of the selected specific model at the places of the planned equipment placement according to the network design
  • Survey of the wireless environment in each AP location area
  • Analysis of the received data for compliance with the target characteristics of the Wi-Fi network, if necessary, correction of the locations of access points, their number, types of antennas used, their height and tilt angles
  • Photo fixation of equipment in all areas for ease of future installation
Research & Measurement Report
  • Preparation of a report with the results of actual measurements. The report contains 100% reliable proposals for building or upgrading a Wi-Fi network with specified target characteristics

After equipment implementation

Inspection of An Object in Active Mode
  • Visual inspection of the installation sites of access points to control the quality of installation.
  • Auditing Wireless Equipment Settings
  • Deploying a Server to Test Network Throughput
  • Performing an active radio survey in the 2.4 GHz band
  • Conducting an active radio survey in the 5 GHz band
  • Removing debug information from the WLAN controller
  • Optimizing the characteristics of the Wi-Fi network, if necessary
Measurement Report
  • Preparation of a report with the results of actual measurements. The report contains information about the additional quality characteristics of the Wi-Fi network and suggestions for fixing the problems related to the equipment settings.

Devices We Us for Wireless Site Survey


Radio Frequency Site surveys are performed using specialized software for the design of Wi-Fi networks

We use the Ekahau Site Survey Pro software and hardware system.

Ekahau Sidekick

Ekahau Sidekick. The device allows you to simultaneously explore two working ranges of Wi-Fi (2.4GHz + 5GHz) in real-time.


Pneumatic masts of different heights – to choose the best places for hotspots.

This equipment allows you to securely fix the equipment, align the antennas and deliver it to the required size in the exact positions of the planned installation.


LWCOM always has a wide range of access points and various antennas from different manufacturers (Cisco, Ruckus, Huawei, Aruba, Extreme networks, Eltex, Qtech, etc.).

Wireless Network Survey Services in the UAE

LWCOM provides a wide range of specialized services throughout the UAE. Our radio engineering team will ensure you have high-performance Wi-Fi networks anywhere.

You will receive any work for your site:

  • Audit, troubleshoot, and troubleshoot a live Wi-Fi network
  • Designing a Wi-Fi network for a new facility

  • Advanced services for Wi-Fi: mesh networks, integration with information system
  • Support and all Wi-Fi services on a turnkey basis

Why Choose LWCOM

  • Significant experience in providing Wi-Fi survey services in the UAE as well as in other countries
  • Dozens of implemented projects in wireless networks organization for companies of various sizes: from small offices to a vast business center
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