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VisiWave v4.0.1 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v4.0.1) is now available for download. If you already own v4.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v4.0.1:

  • Data Rates vs. Max Rates

    VisiWave now distinguishes between the maximum data rate
    supported by an AP and actual negotiated data rates.
    VisiWave records the actual data rate negotiated between
    the client and the associated AP. It also records each
    neighboring AP's stated maximum data rate. Rates listed
    for an associated AP are the actual data rates. Rates
    listed for a neighboring (non-associated) AP are the
    maximum rates.

  • "Max Rates Only" Property for Data Rate Maps

    Data Rate Maps have a new property called "Max Rates
    Only". Setting this to "Yes" means that only the max
    rates for non-associated APs are included in the
    generated map. Setting it to "No" means that only actual
    negotiated data rates with associated APs are included.
    Setting it to "Both" includes both cases and is what
    VisiWave used to do.

  • Added Data Rate to AP List

    The AP List report type now includes the data rate for
    each AP included in the list.

  • Data Rates Greater than 54Mbps Supported for Neighboring APs

    Now data rates greater than 54Mbps are reported for non-
    associated APs.

  • Channel Bonding Reported

    802.11n and 802.11ac support channel bonding which means
    that more than a single 20MHz channel is used. 802.11n
    supports bonding two 20MHz channels together. 802.11ac
    supports bonding two, four, or eight channels together.
    VisiWave now shows these bonded channels. For example,
    a channel of "149/80MHz" means channels, 149, 153, 157,
    and 161 are all bound together.

  • 802.11 Protocol Now Listed

    The data point details pop-up balloon and the AP List now
    both show the highest 802.11 protocol supported by the AP.
    For example, an 802.11ac access point will list the "Mode"
    as "ac" whereas an 802.11g AP will list the Mode as "g".
    Also, instead of stating an AP is in "Infrastructure" mode
    vs. "Ad hoc" mode, now all APs are assumed to be in
    Infrastructure mode unless "Ad hoc" is listed as part of
    the Mode. For example, an 802.11n radio operating in Ad
    hoc mode will have a Mode of "n/Ad hoc".

  • Data Points with Invalid Channels Now Detected

    Sometimes a wireless driver will return invalid channel
    numbers for the associated AP when the client is at the
    edge of the coverage area. These data points are now
    detected and not listed as part of the real AP.

  • Min/Max Legend Values on Interference Heatmaps

    The minimum and maximum values for the heatmap legend
    for Interference Heatmaps could only be set to
    zero--which means use the default values. Now they can be
    set to actual dBm values just like with regular heatmaps.

  • License Registration Issue

    In very rare cases, the initial registering of a license
    would work for a brief time then the license would become
    unregistered. This case is now properly handled.

  • Non-ASCII Characters in PDF Filenames or Folders

    Previously you couldn't use a PDF document as a floor plan
    image if the file name or folder contained non-ASCII
    characters.



Original new features found in v4.0.

VisiWave v3.0.13 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.13) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.13:

  • Debug Code Left in Release 3.0.12 Removed

    Some debugging code was inadvertently left in v3.0.12
    which compromises the data collected. You should
    immediately upgrade to v3.0.13 which doesn't have the
    errant debug code.
    (Fixed in v3.0.13)

  • AP Markers in Exported Image

    If you resized the image when using File->Export->Image
    and ask to export your AP Markers, then the location of
    those markers was wrong. This only happened when
    exporting an image from the Survey View--the Report View
    exporting worked fine.

  • Wi-Spy Sometimes Not Found under Windows 8

    Depending on what other USB devices you had plugged in
    under Windows 8, sometimes VisiWave couldn't find your
    Wi-Spy USB device.

  • Channel Map with Highlighted Overlaps

    A channel map that maps just channels (instead of channels
    plus each AP) was showing highlighted overlapping areas
    based on each AP rather than just on channel.

  • Self-Contained HTML Reports

    One image file was not brought into the HTML file--an
    image dealing with the heatmap legend. This is now
    properly included in the HTML.

  • Easily Turn Off Help Messages

    While doing some common operations like collecting survey
    data, VisiWave pops up help messages. You can turn these
    on/off under Options. But now you can also select a check
    box on the message to turn them off.

  • Highlight Overlaps in AP Coverage Maps

    AP Coverage maps did not allow you to highlight areas
    with more than one overlapping AP--only Channel Maps and
    Data Rate Maps allowed this. Now AP Coverage maps allow
    it too.


VisiWave v3.0.12 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.12) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.12:

  • AP Markers in Exported Image

    If you resized the image when using File->Export->Image
    and ask to export your AP Markers, then the location of
    those markers was wrong. This only happened when
    exporting an image from the Survey View--the Report View
    exporting worked fine.
    (Fixed in v3.0.12)

  • Wi-Spy Sometimes Not Found under Windows 8

    Depending on what other USB devices you had plugged in
    under Windows 8, sometimes VisiWave couldn't find your
    Wi-Spy USB device.
    (Fixed in v3.0.12)

  • Channel Map with Highlighted Overlaps

    A channel map that maps just channels (instead of channels
    plus each AP) was showing highlighted overlapping areas
    based on each AP rather than just on channel.
    (Fixed in v3.0.12)

  • Self-Contained HTML Reports

    One image file was not brought into the HTML file--an
    image dealing with the heatmap legend. This is now
    properly included in the HTML.
    (Fixed in v3.0.12)

  • Easily Turn Off Help Messages

    While doing some common operations like collecting survey
    data, VisiWave pops up help messages. You can turn these
    on/off under Options. But now you can also select a check
    box on the message to turn them off.
    (Added in v3.0.12)

  • Highlight Overlaps in AP Coverage Maps

    AP Coverage maps did not allow you to highlight areas
    with more than one overlapping AP--only Channel Maps and
    Data Rate Maps allowed this. Now AP Coverage maps allow
    it too.
    (Added in v3.0.12)


VisiWave v3.0.11 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.11) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.11:

  • Support for Windows 8

    If VisiWave was set to check for updated releases
    automatically, then an error would occur when starting
    VisiWave under Windows 8. The error would say you need
    to re-install VisiWave. This now works correctly under
    Windows 8.
    (Fixed in v3.0.11)

  • Support for New Wi-Spy DBx (with Clip and Cable)

    The Wi-Spy DBx released in late 2012 that can be clipped to
    your laptop is now supported. That release's firmware had
    a minor change that wasn't compatible with previous
    releases of VisiWave.
    (Fixed in v3.0.11)


WiFiSiteSurvey.net

We now have a new, easy-to-remember website address: WiFiSiteSurvey.net. For now it just points to the same site as visiwave.com, but we hope to make WiFiSiteSurvey.net its own destination in the future.

Until then, use either website name whenever you need to get to any of the resources available on our site.

Version 3.0.10 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.10) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.10:

  • Show AP Markers with Labels Option

    Setting "Show AP Markers" to "Yes, with labels" was not
    working when a MAC address wasn't selected for the Marker.
    In Report View, it would label each AP Marker with the
    same value.
    (Fixed in v3.0.10)

  • Right Clicking on AP Markers

    Previously, you could only right click on the edge of an
    AP Marker to bring up its Properties or Delete menu. Now
    you can right click on any part of the AP Marker to bring
    up the menu.
    (Fixed in v3.0.10)

  • Ampersands Now Supported in PDF Reports

    Ampersands ("&") were appearing as "&" in SSIDs, AP
    names, and in surveyor notes in PDF reports. Now they
    appear as regular ampersand characters.
    (Fixed in v3.0.10)

  • Releasing a License

    Now the first two times you request to release a license,
    the request is automatically and immediately granted.
    You no longer have to wait for the transfer to be
    approved. However, on the third and subsequent transfers,
    the release still needs to be approved. Once approved,
    you will receive an email. It may take 1 to 2 business
    days for approval to be granted.
    (Added in v3.0.10)

  • New Sample Survey File and Report

    This release includes a new sample survey file that
    includes a sample report. The new sample can be loaded
    from the My Site Surveys folder under My Documents. Look
    for the Samples folder and then load
    VisiWaveSampleSurvey.vws.
    (Added in v3.0.10)


Version 3.0.9 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.9) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.9:

  • Support for AP Provided Device Names

    Some Cisco access points allow you to provide a device
    name that can be provided to client computers. If this
    is detected, the AP device name is now set as the default
    name of the access point in the AP List and AP Filter.
    This happens automatically for any type of access point
    that provides the device name.
    (Added in v3.0.9)

  • Size of Report View Panels

    Sometimes the height of the panes in the left panel in the
    Report View were always reset to their smallest size.
    (Fixed in v3.0.9)

  • Giving Access Points a Custom Name

    A recent release introduced an issue when giving an access
    point a custom name. If you renamed an AP in the AP
    Filter when in Report View, you couldn't rename that AP
    again or correctly select it until you saved and reloaded
    the survey file.
    (Fixed in v3.0.9)

  • Export Google Earth Report Issue

    If you included an access point that wasn't seen by any
    data point in the survey file, then creating a Google
    Earth report would cause VisiWave to crash. The only way
    you could do this was to re-use an existing survey file
    and delete all data points first, then add more data
    points.
    (Fixed in v3.0.9)


Version 3.0.8 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.8 ) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.8:

  • Heatmap Color Gradient Can Now Be Flipped

    A heatmap is made up of three base colors and each base
    color can include many different shades of that color.
    The range from strong to weak signals used to be a
    gradient that only went from light shades to dark shades.
    This can now be flipped so that the gradient goes from
    dark shades to light shades. To do this, right-click on
    any heatmap legend (in the Report View) and select either
    "Light Shades are Strongest" or "Dark Shades are
    Strongest".
    (Added in v3.0.8 )

  • Survey Trail Color

    The color of the trail and the data point markers used to
    be based on only the signal strength of the associated
    access point. Now the color is based on the average
    signal strength of the set of access points selected. If
    no APs are selected, then the color goes back to being
    based on the associated AP.
    (Added in v3.0.8 )

  • Export Report View Images

    Using the File -> Export -> Image feature now allows you
    to export a Report View map as an image file instead of
    just allowing you to export a Survey View map.
    (Added in v3.0.8 )

  • Invalid Extra Toolbar

    Selecting the View -> Toolbar menu item while in the
    Survey View would cause the Report View toolbar to also
    appear.
    (Fixed in v3.0.8 )


Version 3.0.7 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.7) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.7:

  • Point-by-Point Capture Issue

    A race condition introduced in v3.0.6 could prevent
    point-by-point capture mode from working.
    (Fixed in v3.0.7)

  • Interference Heatmaps Didn't Display in v3.0.5

    A bug introduced in v3.0.5 made it so interference
    heatmaps were not displaying. This has been fixed.
    (Fixed in v3.0.6)

  • Accommodate Occasional Scans that Terminate Early

    When collecting survey data under Windows Vista/7 in
    continuous mode, occasionally a data point would be
    collected much faster than all the rest. This was due
    to Windows telling VisiWave that scan results were
    available when, in fact, they weren't quite ready yet.
    This situation is now detected and handled properly.
    (Fixed in v3.0.6)

  • Prompt to Save Changed File

    If the only change you made to a survey file is collecting
    survey data using continuous mode and you double clicked
    to start collecting, then you weren't prompted to save
    your changes.
    (Fixed in v3.0.6)


Version 3.0.6 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.6) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.6:

  • Interference Heatmaps Didn't Display in v3.0.5

    A bug introduced in v3.0.5 made it so interference
    heatmaps were not displaying. This has been fixed.
    (Fixed in v3.0.6)

  • Accommodate Occasional Scans that Terminate Early

    When collecting survey data under Windows Vista/7 in
    continuous mode, occasionally a data point would be
    collected much faster than all the rest. This was due
    to Windows telling VisiWave that scan results were
    available when, in fact, they weren't quite ready yet.
    This situation is now detected and handled properly.
    (Fixed in v3.0.6)

  • Prompt to Save Changed File

    If the only change you made to a survey file is collecting
    survey data using continuous mode and you double clicked
    to start collecting, then you weren't prompted to save
    your changes.
    (Fixed in v3.0.6)


Version 3.0.5 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.5) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.5:

  • Improved Heatmaps with Merged Survey Files

    The algorithm used to create heatmaps when dealing with
    survey files that were merged together was improved. The
    heatmaps now better represent the real signal values.
    (Fixed in v3.0.5)

  • Improved use of Confidence Radius in Merged Survey Files

    The confidence area in merged survey files now only
    includes areas around data points that were actually used
    to create the heatmap. In previous versions, all data
    points were used to show the confidence area even when
    they didn't contribute to the heatmap.
    (Fixed in v3.0.5)


Version 3.0.4 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.4) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.4:

  • New Value Chart Options

    You can now include the Average Noise level in each cell
    in a Value Chart. And you can include the average signal
    strength of each selected AP.
    (Added in v3.0.4)

  • Resizeable Windows in Report View

    You can now resize the width of the left panel in the
    Report View as well as the height of the list of Report
    Items, Report Properties, and AP Filter.
    (Added in v3.0.4)

  • Difference Heatmaps

    A new report type was added: Difference Heatmaps. This
    gives you the ability to compare two heatmaps. The
    resulting heatmap shows the areas where the two heatmaps
    are different (positive/stronger areas are blue,
    negative/weaker areas are red, and nearly the same areas
    are gray). You can compare two heatmaps from the same
    survey or one heatmap from the current survey and one
    heatmap from a different survey. For example, you can
    compare a recent survey heatmap to one collected a year
    ago.
    (Added in v3.0.4)

  • Clear All Issue

    Selecting menu item Survey->Clear->All after adding survey
    data and then immediately adding more survey data would
    cause VisiWave to crash. This has been fixed.
    (Fixed in v3.0.4)


Version 3.0.3 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.3) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.3:

  • Show AP Markers with Labels Option

    Setting "Show AP Markers" to "Yes, with labels" was not
    working. It would label each AP Marker with the same
    value. This now works.
    (Fixed in v3.0.3)

  • Survey File Corruption

    Fixed an issue where the report portion of the survey file
    would become corrupt. This happened in some cases when
    you saved the survey file and then immediately changed a
    report item property (without clicking anywhere else
    first).
    (Fixed in v3.0.3)

  • Improved Results on Quiet Pre-Deployment Surveys

    The first dozen or so data points were sometimes skipped
    in very quiet survey areas such as pre-deployment
    surveys. This skipping of data is no longer necessary.
    (Fixed in v3.0.3)

  • Stretched Graphs When Origin Not on Survey Map

    If the map origin--position (0, 0)--is not located
    somewhere on the survey map, then contour graphs were
    stretched. Normally the origin is always located
    somewhere on the survey map so this isn't an issue. Now
    the origin can be located anywhere without issue.
    (Fixed in v3.0.3)

  • Crash in Google Earth Reports

    Fixed a crash when exporting a Google Earth report file
    that happens when two SSIDs are exactly the same except
    for the case of one or more characters.
    (Fixed in v3.0.3)

Version 2.1.10 Released

A new release of VisiWave Site Survey is now available.

Those that hold a license to versions before 2.1 can upgrade to version 2.1 for a small fee. See the bottom of the Purchase page on our website for details. To try out the new version, download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. You can then either purchase upgrade codes or re-install your previous version.

New features in v2.1.10:

  • Serial GPS Devices

    An issue existed when using serial GPS devices and a
    wireless adapter that took many seconds to capture data.
    The position information could end up being very far
    behind your current location.
    (Fixed in v2.1.10)



Version 3.0.1 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v3.0.1) is now available for download. If you already own v3.0 of VisiWave, just download the eval version and install it over-top of your current version. Your existing license will continue to work. If you would like to evaluate VisiWave, just download the eval version and try it out.

New features in v3.0.1:

  • Drag and Drop Issue

    If you re-ordered report items quickly using your mouse,
    you could cause VisiWave to stop responding.
    (Fixed in v3.0.1)

  • Re-Emphasize the Need for an Accurate Scale

    The user documentation was updated to further emphasize
    the importance of setting an accurate scale for your
    survey map image. In previous versions, this could be
    estimated if you weren't using GPS to collect data and
    you weren't creating Google Earth reports. Now with the
    new concept of a Confidence Radius, ALL surveys need to
    have an accurate scale set.
    (Fixed in v3.0.1)

  • Minor PDF Report Formatting Issues

    Image report pages were ignoring the Maximize property and
    always maximizing the image even when this wasn't
    requested. Also, if the caption property for a report
    item was blank but the figure number was still included
    then the figure number wasn't formatted correctly.
    (Fixed in v3.0.1)

  • Licensing Issue on Windows 7 64bit

    Licensing VisiWave in Report Only mode on Windows 7 64bit
    computers wasn't working. It would ask if you wanted to
    be in report only mode, but would stay in evaluation
    mode.
    (Fixed in v3.0.1)