Solved: What is the purpose of Ekahau Coverage Profile in Auto-Planner when wireless survey for new building

Problem Symptom

We are going to estimate how many APs we need and each AP location in a building using Ekahau Auto Planner. In Ekahaul main page, click on Auto-Planner, then click on the Configure option, Area Option for Area-1 dialog box will appear.

In Ekahaul main page, click on Auto-Planner, then click on the Configure option, Area Option for Area-1 dialog box will appear.

There is a dropdown menu called Coverage Profile with many options to choose. What is the different among these options in Coverage Profile? Based on what we choose one of them?

There is a dropdown menu called Coverage Profile with many options to choose.

Read on the below explanation about Coverage Profile in Ekahaul Auto Planner.

Solution

Coverage Profile options optimise the algorithm that determines AP placement in the planner. Choose the one that closest matches your intended deployment. For example:

If you’re wanting the network to be used for just basic connectivity, choose that.

If you are planning for an enterprise-level network which uses voice, etc. choose one of the vendor options or the Polycom one.

This is coverage profile that the area uses for its visualizations. Both area requirements and global requirements share the same profiles – you can also enter the “Coverage requirements” window from bottom of the Profiles-list and EDIT the profiles if needed.

The algorithm will only plan for the type of deployment you specify to meet the coverage requirements as per the profile. If you choose the Cisco Design Guideline option it will place APs in such a way that there is around 20-25% coverage overlap between APs at around -67dBm RSSI and 20-25dB SNR. This will be suitable for most deployments.

Reference

Ekahau Support > Defining Capacity Requirements