So what do you do when you want to get an idea of your wireless performance and have no wireless tools around? In this example, I use ping to get an idea of wireless performance.
In the ideal sceanrio, I would check the RF spectrum for interferers and proper channel planning, check the channel for utilization with some wireless tools.
Unfortunately some times I do not have all my tools available or with me. Or even more realistically, I might want to walk a customer through some testing over email or the phone.
What can cause the ping times to go all wonky and even result in dropped packets?
Well here's a few reasons:
- station and AP have issues hearing one another
- station can hear the AP fine, but the AP doesn't hear the station well
- wireless interferer
- channel utilization is high
Hope this little tutorial helps.