Eka-Heka-Hau Eka-Hiney-Ho or: Jussi's Big Adventure
There are times in life when I feel like I've been misunderstood, and I would like to just wish away the communication gap.
Unfortunately, there is no Wi-Fi Jambi, so instead I am going to use this short blog post to try to smooth things over with Jussi Kiviniemi, SVP of Ekahau.
For those who are unfamiliar, Ekahau is site survey software. You can do predictive surveying (sometimes called "planning") with it and you can do live surveying (the "walking survey") with it. Either way, the result is a nice looking "heat map" showing Wi-Fi coverage over your floorplans, like so:
Jussi Kiviniemi is the public face of Ekahau. He's a Finnish guy and he goes to Wi-Fi conferences, hosts events, is active on Twitter, etc.
There are days when I think that Jussi doesn't like me. And being the rugged, pro-American American that I am, I take responsibility for things that happen to me.
The root of Jussi's occasional distaste for me -- I think; I suppose you'd have to ask Jussi the precise reason -- is that I am an Ekahau hater. And it's not just about the software. In fact, I think that Ekahau software is well-crafted. I am a hater of the entire genre of site survey software. Or, at least, that's how I come off in the countless Tweets and blog posts I've written pointing out the negatives of that particular genre of software.
And that's where the misunderstanding lies. I don't think that I am an Ekahau hater. I see myself as an Ekahau lover, but also an Ekahau realist.
I think that Ekahau (and Ekahau's number one competitor, NETSCOUT's AirMagnet Planner & AirMagnet Survey) is a great publicity tool. Or, if you'd prefer, documentation tool. Ekahau's predictive surveying features are great for bridging the communication gap between Wi-Fi professionals and IT folks who are new to wireless, and Ekahau's live surveying features are great for helping Wi-Fi professionals show other IT folks an approximate visualization of Wi-Fi coverage.
When I hate on Ekahau (and, really, all Wi-Fi planning & surveying software), I don't mean for it to come across as a recommendation to avoid the software entirely. I merely am recommending that those tools be used as publicity/documentation tools.
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