APoaS – Wireless Survey Kit Build

AP-on-a-Stick (APoaS) Surveys are tedious, time consuming, frustrating, but a necessary evil that can’t/shouldn’t always be avoided. If your like me, you’ve been doing them for years and always manage to find the worst gear to get your AP at ceiling height. Pushing a rickety contraption that will eventually smack your head, fall over, and cut your car seats with a shiv it made when you weren’t looking. Survey kits can vary in price from home-made $100 bucks, to professionally made $5k wonders.

I decided enough was enough, and set out to build a professional looking, quality, medium priced survey kit that would meet my requirements.

Lets take a look at how it turned out…

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Meraki’s Mesh Mess

When I first heard about Meraki years ago, one of the coolest features I saw that the access points supported was automagic Mesh Routing. I was a little more naive back then so I didn’t pay it much attention, and technically speaking it is still a cool feature. However, with it being a feature, one would think that it could be disabled, but I found out that it can’t be disabled. Ever…apparently. Now this might not seem like a big deal (and maybe it isn’t), but I’m a stickler for how I want my wireless to operate.


Follow me along on this quick adventure of how I discovered this, and why I don’t like it. ^_^

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