WLAN Vendors With Proximity Beacon / iBeacon Integration

WLAN Vendors With Proximity Beacon / iBeacon Integration

My conference speaker topic for 2015 CWNP IT Professional Wi-Fi Trek National Conference on September 28th at 8am is “Wi-Fi Engineer’s Guide to Proximity Beacons (iBeacons)”.

More info about conference is below.

CWNP IT Professional Wi-Fi Trek Conference focuses on continuing education, networking, and making the most out of your relationship with CWNP. Attendees, speakers, and partners are among the most innovative leaders in the industry who come together to connect and share ideas. This conference is built around sharing information with others. This will allow attendees to take back new knowledge for immediate implementation and growth within their industry and career.

The talk will include how proximity beacons work, impact on 2.4GHz WiFi, and how to use mobile applications to test and plan out proximity beacon solutions. I will use a new app called SoftBeacon made by AccessAgility to demonstrate various proximity beacon use cases.

In preparation for my talk I researched various WLAN vendors and their proximity beacon integration offerings. I started with a short list of WLAN vendors based on WLAN market share and documented the software and hardware products available from each vendor related to proximity based solutions.

  1. Cisco Systems
  2. HP/Aruba Networks
  3. Ruckus Wireless
  4. Zebra (Motorola/Symbol)

Cisco Systems

Hardware: Cisco Hyperlocation Module – “Cisco Hyperlocation is an ultraprecise location solution that attaches to the back of your Cisco Aironet® 3700 and 3600 Series wireless access points. It combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technologies to pinpoint beacons, inventory, and personal mobile devices. While some other networks use multiple access points to get location coordinates within 5 to 7 meters of accuracy, Cisco Hyperlocation can track locations to within a single meter.”



Software: Use CleanAir to monitor, detect, locate, and report on Bluetooth devices as interferers. Use MSE to categorize BLE devices. Use Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) for analytics.


Hardware: Meraki MR32 and MR72 APs include integrated BLE technology.


Software: Meraki dashboard can scan for Bluetooth devices and also allows iBeacon transmitter capability. As of Sept 2015 only a single iBeacon UUID, Major, Minor can be transmitted for an entire network of access points.


HP/Aruba Networks

Hardware: dual coin-cell powered Aruba beacon, USB powered Aruba beacon, Aruba Access Points with USB port.



Software: Meridian mobile app platform –
Meridian Editor – Cloud-based content management system that serves as the online hub for Meridian-powered tools.
AppMaker – A module in the Meridian Editor that lets you build a mobile app for your venue.
Mapping and self-guided wayfinding – Meridian feature that lets venues incorporate location- specific mapping and turn-by-turn directions into their Meridian-powered mobile app.
SDKs – Tools to add mapping and wayfinding (NavKit), indoor positioning on a map (BluDotKit), and proximity-based notifications (ZoneKit) to an existing app built by a third-party developer.
Aruba Location Services – Products that connect to sources of mobile device positioning data, such as Aruba Beacons powered by Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), that make a Meridian app location-aware.

Ruckus Wireless

Hardware: Gimbal USB beacons, Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 indoor access point (AP) and ZoneFlex H500 wall switch now support Gimbal as well as iBeacon technology with Ruckus SmartZone and ZoneDirector Controllers.

Software: “Ruckus Smart Positioning Technology (SPoT™) LBS provides key data, such as footfall traffic visualization via heat-map by zone, floor, and venue. Ruckus SPoT LBS can be deployed as a cloud-subscription service, or as Virtual SPoT, a virtualized instance of SPoT deployed on-premises or in a customer’s data center for a without any reoccurring costs.”


Hardware: coin-cell powered beacon, AA battery powered beacon, USB powered beacon.




Software: MPact platform for location analytics and beacon management. “MPact comes with cloud-ready software that aggregates location data from Wi-Fi access points and Bluetooth® Smart beacons, providing insightful analytics on customer visits, as well as visibility into the health of the beacon network. With an HTML5 front end and a ApacheTM Hadoop® backend for big data to crunch through the millions of client end points, this solution is scalable and ready for any IT architecture, from the corporate data center to the private cloud. And our REST Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) provide the ultimate in flexibility, allowing you to access and utilize MPact data in other systems, expanding the reach and the value of the MPact location information.”

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Detecting Hidden SSIDs With Your Favorite Mac OS WiFi Scanner

Detecting Hidden SSIDs With Your Favorite Mac OS WiFi Scanner

Detecting hidden SSIDs on Mac OS using your favorite WiFi Scanner form the Mac App Store requires a two step process.

1) Launch your favorite WiFi Scanner for Mac OS app.


2) Open “WiFi Diagnostics” by clicking Option+Airport icon in menu bar. Then click CMD+4 to open Scan feature. Click Scan. If you are near any hidden networks the window should show hidden networks without displaying the SSID name.


3) Now toggle back to your favorite WiFi Scanner for Mac OS app and you should see hidden SSID BSSID in your app.


You will need to click scan continuously to get updated info in your app. Not an ideal solution but at least now hidden networks can be visualized with other networks in your Mac OS WiFi Scanner. This method to show hidden WiFi SSIDs was tested on a MacBook Air running Yosemite (10.10.5)

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Twitter IDs of CWNP Certified Wireless Network Expert #CWNE

Twitter IDs of CWNP Certified Wireless Network Expert #CWNE

I wanted to follow more WLAN professionals on Twitter and decided best place to start was with engineers with expert level certifications.

Many of these experts are very active on Twitter and are willing to share their knowledge and time to help others reach the CWNE rank. I recommend using Twitter to start following these professionals. It is a low cost way to be part of the worldwide WLAN ecosystem.

CWNE Twitter IDs (Updated: 6/19/2015)

CWNE 1 – 9

CWNE # 01 – @DevinAkin, Devin Akin
CWNE # 02 – @kimberlyAgraves, Kimberly Graves
CWNE # 03 – @KeithRParsons, Keith R Parsons
CWNE # 04 – @mistermultipath, David Coleman
CWNE # 05 – @??????, Jimmy Donahue
CWNE # 06 – @joelbarrett, Joel Barrett
CWNE # 07 – @davidwestcott, David Westcott
CWNE # 08 – @??????, Richard Navidad
CWNE # 09 – @??????, Mohammad Sarwar

CWNE 10 – 19

CWNE # 10 – @??????, Rick Murphy
CWNE # 11 – @??????, Ranjeet Rana
CWNE # 12 – @Ben_SniffWiFi, Ben Miller
CWNE # 13 – @??????, Chris Hyde
CWNE # 14 – @??????, Troy McMillan
CWNE # 15 – @??????, Senthilraj Shanmugavadivel
CWNE # 16 – @??????, Casey Collins
CWNE # 17 – @wifichef, Reggie Pugh
CWNE # 18 – @??????, Bader Azzouqa
CWNE # 19 – @??????, Rick Dreger

CWNE 20 – 29

CWNE # 20 – @??????, Deborah Dahlin
CWNE # 21 – @GTHill, GT Hill
CWNE # 22 – @??????, Tim Lemmon
CWNE # 23 – @MetkaDragos, Metka Dragos
CWNE # 24 – @??????, Luiz Santos
CWNE # 25 – @??????, Kenneth Gholston
CWNE # 26 – @??????, Vincent Chow
CWNE # 27 – @??????, Ismail Jado
CWNE # 28 – @??????, Zachary Crawford
CWNE # 29 – @??????, Michael Armel

CWNE 30 – 39

CWNE # 30 – @??????, Goran Ost
CWNE # 31 – @??????, Dan Spanner
CWNE # 32 – @??????, Douglas Haider
CWNE # 33 – @MackenzieWiFi, Peter Mackenzie
CWNE # 34 – @??????, Ryan Miles
CWNE # 35 – @??????, Pablo Alvarez
CWNE # 36 – @??????, George Anderson
CWNE # 37 – @??????, Jeff Smith
CWNE # 38 – @??????, Gene Sawyer
CWNE # 39 – @??????, Henry Chou

CWNE 40 – 49

CWNE # 40 – @??????, Kashif Siddiqui
CWNE # 41 – @??????, Abdullah Al-Ghubari
CWNE # 42 – @??????, Jeremy Kennedy
CWNE # 43 – @advani_dilip, Dilip Advani
CWNE # 44 – @80211University, Bryan Harkins
CWNE # 45 – @wirelessccie, Jerome Henry
CWNE # 46 – @??????, Brian B. Lang
CWNE # 47 – @??????, Jonn Martell
CWNE # 48 – @??????, Tom Miller
CWNE # 49 – @??????, Wei Wu

CWNE 50 – 59

CWNE # 50 – @??????, Levi Souza
CWNE # 51 – @JenniferLucille, Jennifer Huber
CWNE # 52 – @??????, Steve Smith
CWNE # 53 – @??????, Alistair Meakin
CWNE # 54 – @??????, Shawn Jackman
CWNE # 55 – @??????, Seth Rosenthal
CWNE # 56 – @??????, Roger Kuhn
CWNE # 57 – @??????, Matt Swartz
CWNE # 58 – @??????, Rob Rohde
CWNE # 59 – @??????, Tim Wilhoit

CWNE 60 – 69

CWNE # 60 – @??????, Kevin Steuber
CWNE # 61 – @??????, Edwin (EK) Ahn
CWNE # 62 – @??????, Mark Buch
CWNE # 63 – @??????, Derrick Dicoi
CWNE # 64 – @??????, Chris O’Donnell
CWNE # 65 – @??????, Jeff DiMaio
CWNE # 66 – @FIT_WiFi, Falk Bachmann
CWNE # 67 – @??????, Mark Phillips
CWNE # 68 – @??????, Ronald Shaul
CWNE # 69 – @??????, Vinay Saini

CWNE 70 – 79

CWNE # 70 – @??????, Kevin (Chen) Wang
CWNE # 71 – @??????, Greg Taylor
CWNE # 72 – @??????, Robert Schaefer
CWNE # 73 – @??????, Bruce Heaven
CWNE # 74 – @??????, Brian Cox
CWNE # 75 – @??????, Darrell Schrock
CWNE # 76 – @??????, Derrick Phua
CWNE # 77 – @??????, Raymond Flores
CWNE # 78 – @marcusburton, Marcus Burton
CWNE # 79 – @??????, Brian Kovatch

CWNE 80 – 89

CWNE # 80 – @??????, Tarcizo Azevedo
CWNE # 81 – @??????,
CWNE # 82 – @??????,
CWNE # 83 – @??????, Aunudrei Oliver
CWNE # 84 – @revolutionwifi, Andrew vonNagy
CWNE # 85 – @??????, Christian J. Estes
CWNE # 86 – @PPJM, PPJM Engelen
CWNE # 87 – @??????, Mark Sanetrik
CWNE # 88 – @??????,
CWNE # 89 – @wifisamuri, Jon Linton

CWNE 90 – 99

CWNE # 90 – @troymart, Troy Martin
CWNE # 91 – @??????, Chad Smith
CWNE # 92 – @??????, Roman Podoynitsyn
CWNE # 93 – @??????, Aaron Smith
CWNE # 94 – @tdennehy, Timothy Dennehy
CWNE # 95 – @??????,
CWNE # 96 – @GregorVucajnk, Gregor Vucajnk
CWNE # 97 – @??????, Hao Deng
CWNE # 98 – @travis_schlafkek, Travis Schlafke
CWNE # 99 – @ckitbrown, Chris W. Brown

CWNE 100 – 109

CWNE # 100 – @DaveTheWifi, David Cook
CWNE # 101 – @samuel_clements, Samuel Clements
CWNE # 102 – @??????, Terry Tam
CWNE # 103 – @Srynearson, Sean Rynearson
CWNE # 104 – @??????,
CWNE # 105 – @??????, Ken Lim
CWNE # 106 – @TRitterbush, Tim Ritterbush
CWNE # 107 – @??????, Thet Lwin
CWNE # 108 – @Globeron, Ronald van Kleunen
CWNE # 109 – @??????, Derrick Monahan

CWNE 111 – 119

CWNE # 110 – @??????, Paul Finlay
CWNE # 111 – @??????, Arun Wadhawan
CWNE # 112 – Unknown, Chuck Lukaszewski
CWNE # 113 – @MacdonaldWiTS, Neil Mac
CWNE # 114 – @pimpmywifi, Ty Bowser
CWNE # 115 – @??????, Erik Lubinger
CWNE # 116 – @??????, Lee Johnson
CWNE # 117 – @Cinergywifi, Jared Griffith
CWNE # 118 – @??????, Leonardo Mezzanotti
CWNE # 119 – @??????,

CWNE 120 – 129

CWNE # 120 – @??????, Anthony Blasse
CWNE # 121 – @??????,
CWNE # 122 – @??????, Theofilos Sakoulias
CWNE # 123 – @ryanstevedsouza , Ryan D’souza
CWNE # 124 – @??????, Tim Rowley
CWNE # 125 – @JasonFernyc, Jason Fernyc
CWNE # 126 – @??????, Marko Tisler
CWNE # 127 – @??????, Jaromir Likavec
CWNE # 128 – @??????, Scott D Swist, Jr.
CWNE # 129 – @papageordy, Alan Blake

CWNE 130 – 139

CWNE # 130 @??????, Dick Andersson
CWNE # 131 @??????, Travis Bonfigli
CWNE # 132 – @scottpstapleton, Scott Stapleton
CWNE # 133 – @Aliyoussef_, Ali Youssef
CWNE # 134 – @??????, Kevin Zhu
CWNE # 135 – @WifiNigel, Nigel Bowden
CWNE # 136 – @WiFivomFranMan, Kevin Franzen
CWNE # 137 – @??????, Janet Rae
CWNE # 138 – @dot11Nate, Nathan York
CWNE # 139 – @??????, Erik Klaubert

CWNE 140 – 149

CWNE # 140 @??????, Claudia Ibarra
CWNE # 141 @??????, Jeffrey Kuehn
CWNE # 142 @wifidownunder, Aaron Scott
CWNE # 143 @??????, Charlie Twietmeyer
CWNE # 144 @cradford86, Chris Radford
CWNE # 145 @??????, Zahari Georgiev
CWNE # 146 @wirelessnext, Viten Patel
CWNE # 147 @??????, Brett Hill
CWNE # 148 @??????, Martin Ericson
CWNE # 149 @BenWocks, Ben Wocks

150 CWNEs – 10/19/2014

CWNE # 150 @mike_albano, Mike Albano
CWNE # 151 @??????, Nicolò Venchierutti
CWNE # 152 @blakekrone, Blake Krone
CWNE # 153 @mrncciew, Rasika Nayanajith
CWNE # 154 @jasper_khc, Jasper Cheng
CWNE # 155 @theog150, Darren Johnson
CWNE # 156 @wifikiwi, Chris Lyttle
CWNE # 157 @YFiAlan, Alan Klein
CWNE # 158 @seppidittli, Seppi Dittli
CWNE # 159 @blong1, Brian Long

160 CWNEs – 3/12/2015

CWNE # 160 @HeyEddie, Eddie Forero
CWNE # 161 @jsnyder81, Jake Snyder
CWNE # 162 @howusu02, Henry Owusu Karikari
CWNE # 163 @cajundop, Jeff Haydel
CWNE # 164 @RockstarWifi, Chris Avants
CWNE # 165 @??????, Thomas Larsen
CWNE # 166 @Wifi_Framework, Adrian McCaskill

CWNE Count

There are currently less than 200 CWNEs worldwide. Info from CWNP.com below.

The CWNE credential is the final step in the CWNP Program. By successfully completing the CWNE requirements, you will have demonstrated that you have the most advanced skills available in today’s enterprise Wi-Fi market.

The CWNE certification assures that you have mastered all relevant skills to administer, install, configure, troubleshoot, and design wireless network systems. Protocol analysis, intrusion detection and prevention, performance and QoS analysis, spectrum analysis and management, and advanced design are some of the areas of expertise you will need to know.

CWNE Count (updated: 9/19/2015): 163 (source)

Twitter IDs Other of WiFi/WLAN Experts

Twitter IDs of Cisco Systems CCIE (Wireless) Experts

Twitter IDs of Aruba Networks Experts (ACMX, ACDX)

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Free WiFi Scanner for iPhone and iPad Without Jailbreak

Free WiFi Scanner for iPhone and iPad Without Jailbreak

iPhone and iPad users with iOS 7 and iOS 8 now have a way to view WiFi scan info (SSID, BSSID, RSSI, Channel) on devices. Prior to this AirPort Utility update only SSID and BSSID information was available on app store apps (non jailbreak apps).

Follow steps below to access to this new capability.

Download AirPort Utility App

Download the Apple AirPort Utility from iPhone/iPad app store.

Navigate to Settings > AirPort Utility > Turn on “Wi-Fi Scanner” mode


Accessing WiFi Scan Feature

Launch AirPort Utility app and top right will show “Wi-Fi Scan” option in blue.


Select scan duration from 10 to 60 seconds or continuous scanning.


Scanning Mode


Scan History

Click a row to view signal history for BSSID/access point.


Channel Usage Summary

Channel usage summary can be viewed by clicking “i”/info button on bottom right after stopping scan.


Scan History Export

CSV export of SSID, BSSID, RSSI, Channel, Timestamp.


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Free WiFi Scanner for Windows

Free WiFi Scanner for Windows

We are looking for beta testers for version 1.1 of our Windows WiFi Scanner. If you are interested please download using link below. Send bug reports support@accessagility.com.

1) Download Windows WiFi Scanner zip file though beta program social media campaign.
2) Uncompress
3) Install WiFiScanner.msi

One of the nicer capabilities of Windows compared to Mac OS WiFi Scanners is the ability to detect hidden networks.

2.4 GHz Channel Graph


5 GHz Channel Graph


RSSI vs. Time Graph


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Cisco Live 2014 WiFi Network

Cisco Live 2014 WiFi Network

Below is information about Cisco Live 2014 WiFi network

SSID: CiscoLive2014
Security: PSK
Access Points: 890 total Access Points (270 High Density Access Points (AP3700))
2.4 GHz: 11n, 20 MHz Channels, 3 streams
5 GHz: 11ac, 80 MHz Channels, 3 streams
Antennas: Dual band patch antennas
Controllers: 3 8510 WLCs in a HA pair with AP and Client SSO (
Coverage: 2.5 million sq ft, 442,000 sq ft with High Density APs and Antennas.
Management: 6 MSEs, 3 CAS and 3 CMX Analytics, Prime Infrastructure 1.4 in HA.


Photos of various mounting scenarios. I took some of these photos and grabbed others from tweets.

Single 3702 Access Point with Patch Antenna




Dual 3702 Access Point with Patch Antenna


Single 3702 Access Point with Patch Antenna Plus Camera


Dual Access Points in Signage


Single Access Point with Stadium Antenna / AIR-ANT2513P4M-N


WiFi Scanner Results


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Super Light Physical Site Survey Kit

Super Light Physical Site Survey Kit

The results of a physical site survey or environment site survey is the physical characteristics of a building or location. My super fast (and cheap) way to conduct a physical site survey involves using mostly low tech gear below.

1) Small Dry-Erase Board – Pick up a pack of 10 melamine boards from Amazon in case one gets lost or damaged. Melamine boards without a plastic case are very light weight and fit easily into a laptop bag.


2) Dry-Erase Markers – Sometimes it is easier to take notes by hand. Good info to record is location, rack, room, equipment, and network details.


3) Smartphone/Camera – A picture is worth a thousand words. Use a camera/smartphone to take photos of the environment.


1) Electrician’s Tape or Painter’s Tape – Mark locations with tape and take a picture to record desired equipment or cable termination location.


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Free WiFi Internet At Reagan National and Dulles Airport

Free WiFi Internet At Reagan National and Dulles Airport

Yes, there is free WiFi Internet at Reagan National and Dulles Airport. The WiFi system at both airports was upgraded in January of 2014 and is now free for everyone.

Reagan National Airport SSID: Reagan National WiFi

Dulles Airport SSID: Dulles Airport Complimentary WiFi

Both airports have had paid WiFi service since 2007 through wireless carriers such as AT&T Wireless. In 2011 the WiFi switched over to a free service but the performance was very poor. The upgraded free WiFi is much better than the previous system and should meet requirements of travelers. Paid connectivity options are still available.

Some info about free WiFi Internet system at Reagan National Airport is below. Click on image to view full size.

SSID Details


2.4 GHz Channel Graph


5 GHz Channel Graph


WiFi Equipment Vendor: Cisco Systems
802.11 Technology: a/b/g/n
WiFi Security: Open/None
Access Control: Captive portal with click through Terms and Conditions agreement.


The captive portal is using a Microtik router/box based on popup below.


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WiFi Podcast List

WiFi Podcast List

I’m always in search of online resources for keeping up with WiFi technology and products. I love reading blogs but sometimes it is easier to just listen or watch instead of read. Listed below, in alphabetical order, are audio and video podcasts that are predominantly WiFi/WLAN focused. If you know of others let me know @WLANBook.

No Strings Attached Show

The No Strings Attached Show blog and podcast “is brought to you by some of the brightest and best Wireless engineers from various walks of life. We have a wireless CCIE, a CWNE, and a handful of other certifications.” Two regulars on the show are Blake Krone (@BlakeKrone) and Samuel Clements (@Samuel_Clements)

On The Fly Wi-Fi

On The Fly Wi-Fi is a monthly webcast focused on mobility by Extreme Networks, Inc. The webcast is hosted by Mike Leibovitz (@MikeLeibovitz) has guest speakers on episodes.

Wavelength Youtube Channel

Wavelength is a Youtube video channel by Ryan M. Adzima (@radzima). He has two nice videos so far and I’m looking forward to future videos.

Wireless LAN Professionals

Wireless LAN Professionals podcast is located at http://wlanpros.com and is “dedicated to those who are involved in the craft of Wireless LANs – folks who work day-in, day-out with Wireless networking. A place to come and learn from, hang out with, and be inspired by other like-minded individuals.” The site was started by Keith R. Parsons (@KeithRParsons) who is also the organizer of the WLAN Pros Summit

If you know of others let me know @WLANBook.

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WiFi Speed Test Lab Setup

WiFi Speed Test Lab Setup

Creating a lab environment for speed testing doesn’t require many devices. Listed below are the testing components needed for even the most complex testing scenarios.

Device Under Test (DUT) – What is being tested (client or access point)
Sender / Client / Source / Endpoint – Device sending data
Receiver / Server / Destination / Endpoint – Device for receiving test data
Console – Device used to control tests starts, stops, and view results. In many cases the client/receiver can also be the console.
Test Software – Software installed on clients, receiver, and console if applicable.
Networking Components – Switches for connecting devices.


Below is photo of setup above with an access point that has an integrated switch.


For more info on actual testing process and procedures see this post on low cost / free software for WiFi throughput testing or watch video below.

WLAN Pros Summit 2014 | Zaib Kaleem Best Practices for Throughput Testing.

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