Standard network adapters are those that have been comprehensively tested by AirMagnet and are recommended for use with AirMagnet Survey PRO for 802.11ac WLAN surveys. However, because their drivers have not been customized, standard network adapters provide a limited feature support.
As of July 2017, the following adapters are considered to be 'standard' for use with AirMagnet SurveyPRO v9.2.0 and earlier:
To check which adapters are supported by the current version of Survey, click here.
The following are noted limitations of standard adapters in AirMagnet Survey:
What You Can Expect to See in Survey When Using a Standard Adapter
The behavior within AirMagnet Survey changes depending on the WiFi adapters selected at start-up. Using a standard adapter and a preferred adapter together differs from using two preferred adapters with AirMagnet Survey Pro. Survey does not support running two standard AC adapters at the same time.
Here, we have started Survey with two supported adapters, a standard 802.11ac (NETGEAR A6210) and a preferred (Proxim 8494):
With a project open and on the Survey tab, we see the two adapters present:
With both the NETGEAR A6210 (standard) and Proxim 8494 (preferred) adapters selected, notice that the Survey Type drop-down menu is limited for each adapter.
The NETGEAR A6210 (standard) adapter is limited to Active or Active IPERF only:
The Proxim 8494 (preferred) is limited to Passive only:
With the Proxim 8494 de-selected (the check box is un-ticked), now the NETGEAR is able to be used for Active, Passive, or an iPerf survey:
With the NETGEAR de-selected, now the Proxim 8494 can be used for Active, Passive, iPerf, or a VoFi Phone survey:
Options NOT Available for Standard Adapters on an Active Survey
Additionally, please note that when using a standard adapter for an active survey, some options are not available.
Proxim 8494 is a preferred adapter. It has the Roaming button and the SSID/AP dropdown.
NETGEAR A6210 is a standard adapter:
- no Roaming button
- the SSID/AP drop-down menu is not available
On the NETGEAR (standard) adapter, there is no Roaming option to set the roaming criteria for an active survey. The adapter will roam based on the manufacturer's chipset. Notice that with the Proxim 8494 (preferred), there is a Roaming option; you can use a preferred adapter to set your roaming criteria in an active survey.
On the NETGEAR (standard) adapter, there is no ability to click the SSID button to change it to AP; you can only associate to an SSID, not an AP. With a Proxim 8494 (preferred) adapter, you can associate in an active survey to an SSID or an AP.