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VisiWave v5.0.1 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v5.0.1 ) is now available for download. If you already own v5.0 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 v5.0.1:

  • Can't Add Data Points After Loading an Empty v4.0 Survey File

    If you load a survey file created by v4.0 of VisiWave that
    didn't have any data points in it already, then adding a data
    point to it would give you the error message "Encountered an
    improper argument".

  • Issue Selecting Interference Tab After Stopping Continuous Capture

    If you switched to the Interference Details Tab after stopping
    a Continuous mode data capture it could cause a crash.

  • Issue Setting the Name Property On a New Survey

    On a new survey file, if you selected a floor plan image file
    and set the "Name" property on the Name tab, then VisiWave
    would show an error or crash.

  • AP Names Sent from the AP Controller Were Not Presenting Correctly

    The character conversion of AP Names sent by the AP controller
    where not using the correct conversion and could end up
    looking like Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters.

  • Issue Loading and Saving Report Templates

    Loading or saving Report Templates by pressing the Templates
    button in the Report View wasn't working correctly.

VisiWave v4.0.9 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v4.0.9 ) 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 v4.0.9:

  • Fixed Issue When Specific Wireless Adapter Not Selected

    A small number of customers were seeing a crash whenever
    they captured a data point if they didn't first select a
    specific wireless adapter under the Options menu.

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VisiWave v4.0.8 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v4.0.8 ) 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 v4.0.8:

  • License Registration Improvement

    Some recent changes to Windows--in particular the release
    of Windows 10--has caused a few users to lose their
    VisiWave license. This improvement has made it less
    likely to lose your license. It is recommended to upgrade
    to this release BEFORE upgrading to Windows 10.

    After upgrading VisiWave, the first time you run it, you
    will be asked to re-register your license to take
    advantage of this improvement. You will need an active
    internet connection for this one-time procedure.

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VisiWave v4.0.7 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v4.0.7) 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 v4.0.7:

  • Difference Heatmaps in Google Earth

    If the Secondary AP Filter property of a Difference
    Heatmap was blank (meaning there would be no difference
    heatmap overlaid on the map), then creating a Google
    Earth KML file would crash during generation.

  • Crash Viewing Options or Adding Data Point on Windows Server
    If the optional feature "Wireless LAN Service" was not
    installed under Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2012,
    then VisiWave would crash when either collecting a new
    data point or bringing up Options from the File menu.
    This only occurred under Windows Server and only if the
    Wireless LAN Service wasn't already installed.
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VisiWave v4.0.6 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v4.0.6) 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 v4.0.6:

  • Touch Screen Support

    Some actions such as panning the display and tapping a
    data point could be difficult to do on tablets with touch
    displays. VisiWave now has more direct support for touch
    displays.

  • AP List Disappearing on Start Up

    The AP List that appears on the right side of the window
    when in Survey View would sometimes disappear when
    VisiWave was started. This would happen only if you
    resized your window and the AP List pane in just the
    right way.

  • Propose New Location + Merged Survey File

    When using the Propose New Location feature with a survey
    file that was created by merging other survey files,
    sometimes the heatmap created was obviously wrong. This
    has been corrected.

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VisiWave v4.0.5 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v4.0.5) 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 v4.0.5:

  • Select All 2.4GHz/5GHz APs

    You can now right click on any SSID name in an AP List or
    AP Filter to bring up a context menu. The menu lets you
    select either all APs using 2.4GHz channels or all APs
    using 5GHz channels under that SSID.

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VisiWave v4.0.3 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v4.0.3) 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 v4.0.3:

  • "Merge Survey Files" Not Working With Some Survey Files

    Survey files saved with v4.0.1 or v4.0.2 might produce an
    error when trying to merge them together. The error says
    that the floor plan image files are different (even when
    they aren't). These survey files are now properly
    handled during a merge.


New features in v4.0.2:

  • Difference Heatmap Documentation

    The built-in help now describes what a Difference Heatmap
    is and how to use it. Press F1 from within VisiWave or
    go to the Help menu and select Help Topics to view this
    documentation.

  • Mouse Wheel Changes

    Now pressing the Control key while spinning the mouse
    wheel zooms in and out on your survey map while in Survey
    View. And, pressing the Shift key while spinning the
    mouse wheel scrolls the survey map left and right.

  • AP Marker Properties Bug Fix

    Right-clicking on an AP Marker and changing its properties
    could change the channel number for one or more APs. This
    has been fixed in v4.0.2


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 v4.0.2 Released

A maintenance release of VisiWave (v4.0.2) 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 v4.0.2:

  • Difference Heatmap Documentation

    The built-in help now describes what a Difference Heatmap
    is and how to use it. Press F1 from within VisiWave or
    go to the Help menu and select Help Topics to view this
    documentation.

  • Mouse Wheel Changes

    Now pressing the Control key while spinning the mouse
    wheel zooms in and out on your survey map while in Survey
    View. And, pressing the Shift key while spinning the
    mouse wheel scrolls the survey map left and right.

  • AP Marker Properties Bug Fix

    Right-clicking on an AP Marker and changing its properties
    could change the channel number for one or more APs. This
    has been fixed in v4.0.2


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 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)