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AirMagnet Survey

Design and deploy wireless 802.11n/a/b/g/ac LAN for optimal performance, security and compliance with wireless site survey software
  • Design and deploy indoor & outdoor wireless LAN network (802.11n/a/b/g/ac) correctly the first time with AirMagnet wireless site survey software and prevent costly rework & IT complaints
  • Collect real-world data by performing unique true end-user experience (wireless LAN throughput, data rates, retries, losses) measurements
  • Minimize expensive wireless 802.11n/a/b/g/ac LAN performance impact due to RF interference sources by performing simultaneous wireless heat map spectrum analysis in a single walk through
  • Simulate “What-if” scenarios to prevent or minimize costly repeat wireless site survey walks
  • Single-click wireless LAN network readiness verification for Voice over WiFi and Location Services
  • Confidently certify the wireless network for any design/application requirements using customer-ready pass/fail assessment reports
  • Customize WiFi site survey reports enabling efficient hand over of results based on wireless LAN design/application requirements
  • Seamless integration with AirMagnet Planner to validate the estimated wireless LAN model
  • Includes Survey Mobile app for Android based smartphones and tablets to design and validate your BYOD networks and survey for low end devices
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AirMagnet Survey is an Enterprise level wireless site survey software solution used by network professionals for mapping, planning and designing 802.11n/a/b/g/ac wireless LANs for optimal performance, security and compliance. This wireless 802.11ac site survey software calculates the ideal quantity, placement and configuration of APs for a successful wireless LAN deployment.

AirMagnet Survey's wireless site survey capabilities go beyond just verifying RF coverage, by plotting actual end-user network performance in terms of connection speed, throughput and packet statistics. The end result is a complete Wi-Fi heat map or “weather map” of all critical RF and end-user performance metrics helping users deploy the network correctly the first time and prevent costly rework & IT complaints. This is critical not only for guaranteeing the highest level of user satisfaction, but also helps wireless 802.11ac site survey users like System Integrators maintain their margins on a project and maximizes the chances of getting repeat business.

Advanced features of this wireless 802.11ac site survey software allow users to integrate with professional spectrum analyzers to collect Wi-Fi and non Wi-Fi data in a single walkthrough, model pre-deployment scenarios to estimate budgets and define the migration strategies to new technologies, generate customized survey reports, perform outdoor surveys using GPS devices, conduct Voice over Wi-Fi site surveys to design the network to be voice-ready certify the network for end-user network and application requirements, and do detailed end-user capacity planning.

AirMagnet Survey wireless site survey software is available in “Express” and “PRO” versions. AirMagnet Survey Express offers a lighter version of the wireless 802.11ac site survey software solution that allows users to perform the basics of Wi-Fi site surveying with ability to map out signal, noise and even user performance. AirMagnet Survey PRO extends those capabilities found in the Express version and adds AirMagnet Planner as well as powerful support for multi-floor deployments, outdoor surveys, network design verification, voice readiness verification and surveys, RF spectrum analysis, and many more.


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"Real-world” Survey Data Collection and Simulation of “What-If” Scenarios

Unlike other wireless 802.11n site survey solutions that rely only on passively collected data such as signal strength, AirMagnet Survey allows users to perform active/Iperf surveys to ensure a superior site survey. During an active/Iperf survey, AirMagnet Survey associates to an AP to test the real quality of the connection. This allows surveyors to see how real world clients will perform at specific locations in terms of wireless network throughput, connection speed, retry rates, and packet losses. Note: Iperf available in PRO version only

This is critical for technology standards such as 802.11n and 802.11ac, where the only way of providing a true representation of the network performance is by performing this “real-world” survey and taking into account multipath, configuration of the devices and the environmental conditions. Also with the properties of the AP and client device being different on the uplink vs downlink, measuring both sides of the equation is critical, and can only be done with AirMagnet Survey’s Iperf surveying capability. With this measurement, the survey or, designer or installer of the network can guarantee the best performance from the network once it is deployed, which in turn guarantees no costly rework or escalations.

With this wireless 802.11n site survey, users can simulate “what-if” scenarios to prevent or minimize costly repeat survey walks. After a survey, users can simulate a variety of changes to the network and preview the impacts. This includes changing AP transmit power, channel, SSID settings or the addition of environmental noise. Users can also simulate moving APs to new locations and preview the effect of adding additional APs. AirMagnet Survey powers users with an automated channel plan for APs that avoids interference and over-allocation.

AirMagnet Survey’s simultaneous multiple wireless 802.11n site surveying capability, that leverages multiple adapters plugged into the same PC, provides users with the industry’s best solution to emulate real-world client behavior (using active and Iperf surveys) and at the same time reduce site surveying time, effort and cost by half as the users can walk the floor once to collect all the data. For example, users can perform simultaneous passive and active surveys or across multiple spectrums (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz).

AirMagnet Survey users can look at multiple floors of a single building to see if AP signals are bleeding to adjacent floors. This gives users the ability to design their network to reuse services of a single AP across multiple floors in order to lower equipment and deployment costs.

AirMagnet Survey automatically displays wireless 802.11n site survey results on a map of your location, providing unlimited options for visual analysis.

Coverage and performance Wi-Fi heat map – measure and visualize heat maps for Signal, noise, signal/noise, wireless network throughput, PHY data rates, retry rates, and packet losses at every location on the floor.

Backup AP heat map – visualize coverage and performance of your backup APs in case of missing or down primary APs.

Comprehensive technology S – measure and visualize heat maps for the latest 802.11n and 802.11ac standards:

  • 802.11n: Operating Mode coverage map, MCS Rate Transmit/Receive coverage map & Channel Width (20 MHz/40 Mhz) coverage map.
  • 802.11ac: Operating Mode coverage map, MCS Rate Transmit/Receive coverage map and the Channel Width (20 MHz/40 Mhz/80 MHz/160 MHz) coverage map & Channel Overlap heat-map.

Interference analysis – measure the total cumulative interference from all sources that can impact the performance of your APs.

View by channel, SSID, or device – sort results based on SSID or channel to easily balance RF issues against VLAN and service level requirements.

Overlap and roaming analysis – instantly see areas of over-provisioning or where clients are prone to consistent roaming or “thrashing” between APs.

Simulate wireless adapters – take an existing survey and view exactly how another Wi-Fi adapter would view the survey environment.

802.11ac Site Surveys

NETSCOUT’ AirMagnet Survey is the industry’s only wireless network deployment solution that enables users to measure as well as assess true end user experience of a wireless network using an 802.11ac adapter. AirMagnet Survey goes beyond just verifying RF coverage, by plotting actual end user network performance in terms of throughput and PHY data rates, taking MIMO and other environmental situations/network configurations into account. This wireless 802.11n site survey solution clearly shows the coverage of specific 802.11ac parameters that boost performance such as higher MCS schemes and wider channels, and where interference and legacy components may impact 802.11ac performance. The end result is a complete Wi-Fi “weather map” of all critical RF and end user performance metrics. These “real world” measurements allow IT staff to design and deploy WLAN accurately from the get go and help save time and money by avoiding end user network complaints and costly redesigns of the network.

802.11n Site Surveys

AirMagnet Survey includes the industry’s only 802.11n site surveys that take into account the real-world impact of multipath encountered at each individual location to actively test both uplink and downlink performance of the 802.11n Wi-Fi network. Users can design and deploy Wi-Fi networks that employ APs with three spatial streams and deliver performance at data rates up to 450 Mbps (software is ready for up to 600 Mbps). AirMagnet Survey PRO includes built-in coverage maps that are specific to 802.11n networks, such as Operating Mode coverage map, MCS Rate Transmit/Receive coverage map and the Channel Width coverage map.

Validate User and Application Requirements

The AirWISE® engine lets users set wireless network design/application requirements including signal coverage, wireless network throughput, PHY data rates, 802.11n specific parameters, etc. for their network and immediately identify any problem areas. Users are then alerted to the areas on the floor map that meet or do not meet the requirement, enabling them to take the necessary action to solve the coverage, performance or capacity problems. The capacity planning section allows surveyors to account for the number of end users the wireless network will need to support during the design and deployment phase.

AirWISE also includes pre-configured profiles for verifying the wireless network WLAN deployment’s readiness for a variety of vendor applications, including Location Services for Cisco and VoWLAN for Cisco & Vocera based on real-world survey data or wireless network modeling data. Users can also create their own profiles and share it with others.

Users can quickly verify WLAN requirements by assessing the Pass/Fail status for each requirement criteria for the deployment, thereby ensuring that the WLAN network will do what it is supposed to. Users are powered with insight into the areas on the floor that meet/do not meet the requirement. This single-click assessment of the WLAN network helps save time, effort and money by avoiding costly re-designs of the WLAN network and helps minimize IT troubleshooting costs. Users can generate a Pass/Fail report that enables an efficient hand-over of results of the survey to the installer or the end-customer.

Unique RF Spectrum and Voice-over-WLAN Surveys

Before making any design and deployment decisions, it is important to account for RF interference from non Wi-Fi devices. Users who own AirMagnet Spectrum XT can collect both Wi-Fi and spectrum analysis data in a single survey. With this integration, users can visualize the RF energy at any location and identify and display the presence of non-802.11 devices interfering with the WLAN. Users also have the ability to visualize the average power level in the RF spectrum for each channel at any given point on the map. Note: AirMagnet Survey PRO must be installed on the same machine as the users’ spectrum application.

AirMagnet Survey addresses challenges faced by network installers and IT staff while deploying VoWLAN networks, and powers them with a built-in voice readiness verification system (includes pre-configured support for Cisco 792X phones and Vocera badges, plus the option to add profiles for other vendors) that allows users to ensure that their network design is inline with the recommendations of the phone vendor, and also allows them to perform real-world voice surveys. With the industry’s first voice survey capability, users can validate and plot the phone call quality, capacity and other voice specific parameters at every location on a floor map, to help identify and minimize issues that may be causing low call quality.

Coverage maps that are built specifically for voice networks, including, WiMOS score or call quality, number of active calls, phone roaming zones (includes roaming statistics), channel utilization, retries and many more, are included in the application and allow users to design the voice network to ensure the highest performance.

Note: Ability to perform RF Spectrum Surveys requires supported RF Spectrum Analyzers and Survey PRO to be installed on the same machine, and Voice-over-WLAN surveys require AirMagnet VoFi Analyzer PRO to be installed on the same machine as AirMagnet Survey PRO.


Professional Custom Reports

AirMagnet Survey PRO includes a completely integrated reporting module that can instantly create custom outputs of site surveys and simulations. Additionally, customized templates provide wireless 802.11n site survey users with the flexibility in terms of creating reports that vary based on project requirements. Users can choose to include/exclude sections, add in their notes, customize their logos, headers and footers amongst many other customizable options. Reports can be output in over 15 formats including PDF, XML, HTML, Excel and Word. This wireless 802.11n site survey also includes reporting templates in the following languages: German, French, Arabic and Russian built inside the application, along with the capability of allowing the user to create templates in any other language.

Visualize Coverage and Performance Differences Over Time

Wi-Fi environments are very dynamic and it is important to be able to verify changes in coverage and performance in the network to guarantee the best performance for the user. AirMagnet Survey’s Diff View feature allows side-by-side visualizing of differences between two separate surveys. This helps show how a site’s wireless environment has changed over time. This view is also a great option for our System Integrator customers to drive repeat business of validating the coverage and performance of the network on an on-going basis. Likewise, users can use this feature to quickly compare AirMagnet Planner results with actual site survey results This information then can be used to fine tune the db losses for the building and environmental conditions within Planner for more accurate planning.

Outdoor Wireless Site Surveys

With the combination of GPS support and integration with Google Earth, Microsoft® MapPoint and Microsoft® Bing Maps, AirMagnet Survey PRO provides a clear path to fast, fully automated outdoor wireless site surveys. Users can leverage their NMEA compliant GPS device to automatically collect outdoor wireless data. Users can import street maps of any city in the world using Bing Maps and then the results can then be analyzed in the AirMagnet Survey user interface or exported into Google Earth for a zoomed in view to any street within the city.

Integration with AirMagnet Planner

AirMagnet Planner is built into AirMagnet Survey PRO, providing a single, seamless application with the industry’s most complete approach to wireless LAN design, deployment and ongoing optimization for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac networks. With this integrated solution, AirMagnet Planner can be used to accurately design WLANs by modeling building construction materials/obstructions and 802.11 APs and visualizing coverage across multiple floors, then validating the results with real-world data in AirMagnet Survey PRO. Using active end-user performance metrics, users can further perfect their planning models over time. With the new 802.11ac support, users are armed with the best migration guidance on how to phase in the new technology into the existing environment.

No other solution combines state-of-the-art predictive modeling with real-world performance data. Users also gain additional planning capabilities with the ability to test network plans against the AirWISE® engine for design requirements. AirMagnet Planner also integrates with AirMagnet Survey Express.


Models & Accessories

Model Number/Name Description
AirMagnet Survey PRO (Incl. Planner)
AM/A4018 Gold Support:
AM/A4018-1YS1 year of Gold Support for AirMagnet Survey Pro (includes Planner) - AM/A4018
AM/A4018-3YS3 years of Gold Support for AirMagnet Survey Pro (includes Planner) - AM/A4018
AirMagnet Survey Express
AM/B4010 Gold Support:
AM/B4010-1YS1 year of Gold Support for AirMagnet Survey Express - AM/B4010
AM/B4010-3YS3 years of Gold Support for AirMagnet Survey Express - AM/B4010
AirMagnet Survey Express to Survey PRO (upgrade model)
AM/A4016G Gold Support:
AM/A4016G-1YS1 year of Gold Support for AirMagnet Survey Express to Pro Upgrade - AM/A4016G
AM/A4016G-3YS3 years of Gold Support for AirMagnet Survey Express to Pro Upgrade - AM/A4016G
AirMagnet Spectrum XT (optional)
AM/B4070 Gold Support:
AM/B4070-1YS1 year of Gold Support for AirMagnet Spectrum XG - AM/B4070 (USB based)
AM/B4070-3YS3 years of Gold Support for AirMagnet Spectrum XG - AM/B4070 (USB based)
AirMagnet Multi-adapter kit for Survey (different versions available depending on regulatory domain)
NETSCOUT D1080 802.11A/B/G/N/AC USB Adapter (different versions available depending on regulatory domain).  Click HERE
Model Number/Name Description
AirMagnet WLAN Design & Analysis Suite Bundle (Survey Pro/Planner, WiFi Analyzer Pro and Spectrum XT)

AirMagnet WLAN Design & Analysis Suite Bundle with Multi Adapter Kit (Survey Pro/Planner, WiFi Analyzer Pro and Spectrum XT + 3 NETSCOUT 11ac USB adapters) Available in US & Canada only.


AirMagnet Survey Pro/Planner and Spectrum XT Bundle


AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer and Survey Pro/Planner




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Handheld Network Test Solutions
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Wireless Lifeycle
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Data Sheets

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AirMagnet Survey Datasheet
Overview, features and benefits of AirMagnet Survey
Datasheet: NETSCOUT 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 3x3:2 USB Adapter


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AirMagnet Planner / Survey PRO User Guide
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White Papers

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802.11ac Migration White Paper
802.11ac Migration White Paper
1.95 MB
BYOD: Meeting the Network Challenge
This white paper explores the in-depth security challenges, regulatory changes, network stresses, device management, signal interference, new work cultures, and more, and explains why it is essential that IT professionals lead digital transformation from the front.
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Determining the Cause of a High Retry Percentage
Hotspots, not Notspots: Best practices for wireless site design
This white paper explores in detail how IT professionals need to get to grips with a broad range of technical, cultural, and security issues when designing and implementing a wireless network, or upgrading/ replacing existing infrastructures.
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Site Survey Best Practices
Learn about conducting a site survey of the Wi-Fi network – from preparing and conducting, to analyzing and reporting the results.
WiFi Troubleshooting: Slow Speeds
Learn how to quickly and effectively troubleshoot “Slow Speeds” that will vastly improve Wi-Fi performance.


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Handheld Network Test Wi-Fi Solutions
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Case Studies

Houston Methodist Hospital Case Study

See how Houston Methodist Hospital uses NETSCOUT’s AirMagnet wireless tools to keep their critical WiFi network running at top performance.

For Houston Methodist Hospital, providing reliable Wi-Fi is crucial. With over 6 million square feet including 6 remote sites, providing top level performance with a diverse set of client devices – from voice, to video to data – is a top priority for the organization.Before using the AirMagnet wireless tools, conducting a site survey for the network engineering team was a very labor intensive process.

Houston Methodist Hospital uses NETSCOUT wireless tools to ensure accurate planning, deployment & verification, and troubleshooting of the wireless network. With these tools, the old labor intensive process is a thing of the past and done automatically by the products.With the proper tools and training in place, the network engineering team at Houston Methodist is able to deliver top performing WiFi to the hospital’s physicians, nurses, patience and guests.

"If you're a wireless engineer, you have to have a very reliable tool set, and the NETSCOUT suite brings that to the wireless engineer." -George Stefanick, Wireless Architect, Houston Methodist Hospital


Love's Travel Stops Case Study

NETSCOUT Helps Love’s Travel Stops Deliver Clean Places and Friendly Faces at 300+ Retail Locations Nationwide

Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores is a family-owned chain of more than 330 truck stops and convenience stores across 39 states. The company’s principle of "Clean Places, Friendly Faces" guides its growth and has positioned Love's at the forefront of the travel center and convenience store industry. With more than 10,000 employees nationwide, any network performance hiccup can impact the point of sale process, from the checkout counter to Love's advanced freight and truck services. The result affects worker productivity, as well as the overall customer experience, jeopardizing Love’s goal of serving the nation’s drivers with superior service and innovation.

Love's Travel Stops now uses AirMagnet Survey Pro to plan wireless network access points. The company also uses AirMagnet Spectrum XT during both planning and after installation to scan for interference. And after installation, Love's uses AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer to identify and troubleshoot performance issues beyond interference. The result helps the Love’s network team deploy wireless access points intelligently and battle outside interference from a wide range of devices—even the occasional gaming console and WiFi jammer.

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FeaturesSurvey MobileBasic Features in
Express and PRO
What More Can
You Do in PRO?
Survey/WLAN Modeling Capabilities
  • Indoor site surveys
  • 11a/b/g/n/ac support
  • Perform BYOD- readiness site survey
  • Indoor site surveys
  • 11a/b/g/n/ac support
  • Simultaneous surveying capability (2 surveys at the same time)
  • Outdoor, GPS surveys
  • Surveying of 200+ non-standard channels
  • Built-in Planner for WLAN modeling*
  • Survey Mobile for collecting survey data on Android devices
Survey Data capture and Basic Analysis capability
  • Signal strength coverage heat map
  • WLAN throughput heat map
  • Signal strength coverage heat map
  • Noise coverage heat map
  • SNR coverage heat map
  • Channel interference heat map
  • PHY Data rates heat map
  • Packet retry heat map
  • Packet loss heat map
  • Visualize coverage heat map for secondary and tertiary APs
  • WLAN throughput heat map
  • iPerf Surveys showing real-world uplink and downlink performance
  • Display of 11n and 11ac operation modes, MCS, 20/40/80/160 MHz bandwidth
  • Channel width coverage maps (20/40/80/160 MHz) for development of optimal channel allocation planning
  • 802.11ac channel overlap
Advanced Survey Analysis
  • Not available
  • Diff view to compare two different surveys
  • Open single survey project at a time
  • Multi-view options
  • Open and view multiple surveys simultaneously
  • Multi-floor surveys
  • Voice over WLAN surveys
  • Compare multiple views and plots of a single survey
  • BYOD network readiness assessment**
User-customizable Design/Application requirements
  • Requires integration with AirMagnet Survey PRO
  • Requires integration with AirMagnet Survey PRO
  • Automated network verification and validation
  • Voice-Readiness validation
  • Location-Readiness validation
  • Pass/Fail assessment for design & application requirements
  • Expert recommendations and advice
Summary and Reporting
  • Requires integration with AirMagnet Survey PRO
  • Overall WLAN coverage report
  • Multi-language support for reports
  • Overall coverage and performance reports
  • Per AP/channel/SSID coverage and performance reports
  • WLAN planning report
  • Channel/AP interference reports
  • AirWISE (system requirements) report
  • VoWLAN report
  • Spectrum analysis report
  • Create and share customized reporting templates
RF and Spectrum Analysis
  • Not available
  • Detect and plot noise and co-channel interference
  • Integration with AirMagnet Spectrum XT
  • Identify areas where spectrum interferers were detected
** Based on survey data collected from AirMagnet Survey Mobile

System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements:

The installation and operation of AirMagnet Survey (software-only) requires separate hardware with one of the following minimum system requirements below.


Supported Adapters

WiFi Adapter Check Utility for Survey

AirMagnet Survey Adapter Check Utility is intended to provide you with an easy way to verify whether your current OS, adapter(s) and driver(s) combination is supported by AirMagnet software. Utility also provides links to information about supported OS, adapters and AirMagnet drivers.


Before running the utility, please make sure you have all the drivers and WiFi cards installed and functioning correctly.

Download Utility

AirMagnet supports two categories of wireless adapters:
  1. Preferred Adapters: These adapters have been comprehensively tested by AirMagnet and are recommended for use with AirMagnet Survey PRO. Drivers have been customized for extended feature support.
  2. Other Adapters: These adapters can be used with AirMagnet Survey PRO but have not been tested by AirMagnet. Drivers have not been customized, will provide limited features, and could provide inaccurate data.
Note: NETSCOUT is not responsible for the quality of the test results collected using Wi-Fi adapters not included on the Preferred category.
Note: Authentications supported by various adapters could be limited by their own capabilities, Windows wireless zero configurations and various other reasons. Click on Preferred Adapters below to get detailed comparison information on all Preferred adapters.
Preferred Adapters

On-demand Webinars

Attend this very technical webinar to learn if and how "One AP per Classroom" can be ‘done right.’ Devin Akin will tackle this controversial topic once and for all.
In this webinar Devin Akin cuts through the misinformation about Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology, and shows why even MU-MIMO isn't nearly as interesting as we believe or are led to believe.
With advancing technologies and increasing rates, troubleshooting Wi-Fi can be complex. This webinar examines approaches to troubleshooting using the latest tools that can greatly reduce the time and cost.
Migration to 802.11ac is about using optimal design techniques and network validation that achieve maximum performance and ROI. Join Devin in this live webinar to get best practices for the migration of your enterprise Wi-Fi network.

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