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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Spectrum Analysis Kit


I have been wanting to make this Spectrum Analysis Kit for a while now, and finally put one together. First and foremost, inspiration for this idea came from Nick Turner (@nickjvturner) via a blog post of his from last year which you can read here. The reasons for this ‘upgrade’ are simple. The Metageek Wi-Spy dBx adapter simply does not have enough resolution to really see whats going on with the spectrum. There is no sign of a future Cognio based USB adapter, so the only real alternative right now is to use the CleanAir functionality that Metageek Chanalyzer offers.

So lets take a look at the parts needed and just how much of an improvement is made…

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