The aerohive HiveManager maps feature is pretty powerful. You start off by dropping your wireless access point down on an aerial view map. This allows for exact geocode positioning. You can outline your building with a perimeter in order to get a good floor layout. After you have drawn your perimeter, you can start laying out walls, doors, windows, elevator shafts, and cubicles. Each item represents different amounts of attenuation. To my surprise, the receive signal strength on my wireless devices matched pretty close to the predicted signal strength of the aerohive map. For instance, I was getting a weak signal in the outer N.E. room. I have a brick fireplace that’s in the corner of the room that’s next to the outer N.E. room. I drew that brick wall in the map and now you can see why I have a weak signal back there. The brick fireplace definitively impacts signal strength.
The map feature lets you set the minimum db rate. I have mine set to -80 and the strongest value is -35. You can also change what view you would like to see from the AP. I have mine set to Channel/Power view. You can also change it to hostname, node ID, IP address, or client count. Client count would be nice to see where your AP’s may be saturated with users in a large environment. Overall I’m pretty impressed with the Areohive HiveManager maps tool.