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How To Use AirMagnet Survey Pro For Passive Survey

Jennifer Huber

Jennifer Huber

Wireless Engineer CCNP CWNE 51 - Interested in RFID Wi-Fi MESH technology and art.


  1. December 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm — Reply

    Hy Jennifer,

    I just watched this video and the corresponding AirMagnet one. First of all, thanks for sharing your knowledge and even more for doing it by means of videos: great!

    AFAIU, a passive survey is being done without any association of the wireless client (laptop) to any SSID, right? If this is true, why was your device during the Ekahau survey pinging an IP during the whole survey?

    I’m curious about that, because I actually never did a passive survey and would love to learn how to do it “the right way”.

    Many thanks and kind regards,

    • December 10, 2012 at 8:38 am — Reply

      The Ekahau survey software has the ability to do a continuous ping while you’re doing a survey. True, you’d have to associate to an SSID, get an IP address and be authenticated before this feature would be useable, but it’s good to know you can do that if you need to.

      I describe a passive surve as simply documenting the SSIDs detected, along with their SNR and RSSI. Does this help?

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