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By JFTierney.KJMC.CIS ·
My institution has begun piloting several mobile applications using handheld and tablet PCs. Still small scale, restricted to two nursing units. We have of late experienced issues with dropped connections and large fluctuations in signal strength. We have looked at several solutions for monitoring wireless connections, but so far all we have found are enterprise wide solutions. Do any of you wonderful people use or have suggestions for small scale apps that can monitor and log WiFi connectivity?

Right now I can do a sort of ad hoc type survey with my handheld PC, but there is no logging on the device. Ideally, we are looking for a application to load on a laptop, or possibly a device designed specifically for this purpose. This we would station in an area and then it would monitor signal strength and continuity, and we could then download a log. Portability and small scale are the keywords.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to WiFi connectivity monitor ...

well, if you had, say, a laptop running a batch file that periodically mapped and unmapped a drive over the wireless, you could look in event/security log for events that would happen when it couldn't log on, maybe...plenty of tools for viewing and sorting thru that log...all kinds of filtering...

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by Choppit In reply to WiFi connectivity monitor ...

Try Netstumbler http://www.netstumbler.com/

Also consider using network monitoring software such as ServersAlive http://www.woodstone.nu/salive/ or ServersCheck http://www.serverscheck.com these aren't specifically for wireless but can log and provide laerts on the absence of a ping response or HTML page.

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by drew In reply to WiFi connectivity monitor ...

You could also enable eiter SNMP or syslog in your wireless access points, and use a standard UNIX host to record these events, and let you analyze them later.

Alternately, you could wardrive your campus -- or on foot -- to gain a view of signal coverage. Use <a href="http://www.stumbler.net">Netstumbler</a> and <a href="http://www.WiFiMaps.com">WiFiMaps.com</a>.

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