Automatic Wi-Fi heat maps provide enhanced visibility and control to ensure optimal wireless coverage

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Automatically create custom Wi-Fi heat maps

Automatically create custom Wi-Fi heat maps

Custom Wi-Fi mapping used to require a time-consuming manual site survey using a physical map. With the SolarWinds® Wi-Fi heat map software in NPM, you can easily create dynamic Wi-Fi strength maps that automatically update every five minutes to reflect changing connectivity. Orion Network Atlas allows you to map Cisco wireless controllers and mobile devices on a color-coded floor plan. Gain accurate coverage visibility throughout the entire interior or exterior space by polling the real signal strength of access points and connected clients.
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How to create a Wi-Fi heat map

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How to create a Wi-Fi heat map

Creating a wireless heat map in NPM is similar to creating a network map. You’ll drop APs at their install locations, then the platform will automatically retrieve information about signal strength. Its algorithm combines estimated coverage with real AP signal analysis to create a more accurate color-coded heat map. You can create, save, and continue to access your maps within Network Performance Monitor’s dashboard. Easily find the automatically-updated heat map you need under “All Wireless Heat Maps,” and show current connected wireless clients with one click.
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Find and fix wireless dead zones

Find and fix wireless dead zones

Enjoy visibility into your wireless coverage. Access your maps any time for fast network troubleshooting. Once you’ve created, labeled, and saved your heat maps, they automatically update with the latest connectivity information. Easily view the state of your wireless signal coverage to identify current dead zones, make adjustments, and improve coverage for end users. The SolarWinds heat map generator uses signal strength information from wireless access points and connected clients to show you exactly where your hot (and cold) spots are located.
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Map locations of connected clients

Map locations of connected clients

Maintain control over authorized access to your business Wi-Fi by monitoring all network devices. Viewing a wireless heat map using the SolarWinds Wi-Fi heat map software allows you to pinpoint all connected client locations to within three meters. With an automatically updated heat map, you can use polling through Wi-Fi access points to discover and recover lost mobile devices. With detailed network devices monitoring, you can ensure the health of hardware and nodes, while addressing the resource drain and security risk of unauthorized or rogue devices.
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Get More on Wi-Fi Heat Maps
Do you find yourself asking…
  • What is a Wi-Fi heat map?
  • How do wireless heat maps work?
  • What is the purpose of a creating a Wi-Fi heatmap?
  • Why are Wi-Fi heat maps important?
  • What is a Wi-Fi heat map?

    A Wi-Fi heat map, also called a Wi-Fi coverage map, shows the real-time coverage and quality of a wireless infrastructure overlaid on a map, typically a floor plan.

  • How do wireless heat maps work?

    Wireless heat maps use an algorithm to determine signal coverage, which is then displayed using color coding. This heat coloring is based on estimated signal coverage combined with the results of each AP seeing the signal of nearby APs. In NPM, wireless heat maps are designed to show where the Wi-Fi signal is best using a dark red color. As signal strength drops, cooler colors represent weaker wireless signal strengths.

  • What is the purpose of a creating a Wi-Fi heatmap?

    Creating a Wi-Fi heat map allows network administrators to visualize the real signal strengths of their wireless infrastructure, and more quickly understand which clients have limited or missing Wi-Fi connections.

  • Why are Wi-Fi heat maps important?

    With the rise of BYOD culture and increasing workplace mobility, all businesses need insight into Wi-Fi coverage to ensure productivity. Enterprises with larger facilities in particular need to ensure widespread connectivity. Using a Wi-Fi heat mapper can help ensure optimal coverage, locate dead zones, and identify areas of excess coverage.

What is a Wi-Fi heat map?

A Wi-Fi heat map, also called a Wi-Fi coverage map, shows the real-time coverage and quality of a wireless infrastructure overlaid on a map, typically a floor plan.
How do wireless heat maps work?

Wireless heat maps use an algorithm to determine signal coverage, which is then displayed using color coding. This heat coloring is based on estimated signal coverage combined with the results of each AP seeing the signal of nearby APs. In NPM, wireless heat maps are designed to show where the Wi-Fi signal is best using a dark red color. As signal strength drops, cooler colors represent weaker wireless signal strengths.
What is the purpose of a creating a Wi-Fi heatmap?

Creating a Wi-Fi heat map allows network administrators to visualize the real signal strengths of their wireless infrastructure, and more quickly understand which clients have limited or missing Wi-Fi connections.
"The wireless summary review is really awesome. You get a lot of data—how many people are on each access point, how many bytes are being transferred, etc."
Michael Hava
IT Director
Lyon Real Estate

Easily create accurate, automatically updated Wi-Fi heat maps

Network Performance Monitor

  • Avoid downtime and dead zones with full Wi-Fi mapping visibility.

  • Instantly refer to saved, updated heat maps of the facility.

  • Quickly pinpoint the location of connected clients and rogue devices.

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