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The Importance of Wireless Network Reports

Since at Hamina we just added 3D capabilities to our reporting feature set, I thought I’d write some thoughts about wireless network reports.


Video: Jerry & Jussi discuss reports in Hamina Wireless Network Planner


Almost every network created by an MSP or systems integrator comes with a report of the design and installation.


Many designs that are made by in-house network engineers include a report of some kind.


Why are reports of your wireless network design important?

  • It’s the go-to-documentation for the end customer / budget holder of “what we’re planning to build” or “what we just built”
  • Secondly - the report explains in detail the wireless network design for those not directly involved in designing the network, from other engineers all the way to the non-technical stakeholders.
  • Third, if you’re an MSP or systems integrator, producing excellent reports is a way to differentiate from the competition.

Blog_Reporting_1Hamina Panner supports 3D reports, allowing the user to freely "dive in" to the wireless network


Network reports should be:

  • Comprehensive, from customer requirements to conclusions
  • Easy to understand
  • Customised for the end customer, and report reader in mind
  • Fun to read and explore, as well as convincing and technical enough



The Hamina reporting has a ton of views, and supports Wi-Fi as well as Private4 LTE/5G, ZigBee, BLE -
all in the same report.


Check out an example report generated from Hamina Wireless Planner


Some of the essentials you’d want to include in your network reports / documentation:

Customer requirements

    • To document what was agreed with the customer:
    • Coverage areas
    • Areas excluded (or not required)
    • Minimum signal and data rate requirements
    • Acceptable amount of interference
    • Signal-to-noise ratio levels
    • etc…


Bill of Materials

    • to indicate “this is what we’re suggesting to purchase” or “this is the gear we purchased to deploy the network”.

Blog_Reporting_3Bill of materials is fully configurable, and automatically generated in Hamina


The placement of Wi-Fi access points, 5G / LTE eNodeBs, Bluetooth beacons, ZigBee gateways, etc.
    • To see where the access points should be installed
    • Should also show antenna alignment, and key AP properties
    • Important: Needs to be high quality enough to see _exactly_ where the APs should go, and where the antennas should be pointed
      • Overly zoomed-out floor plans, or grainy / pixelated floor plans won’t be acceptable for the customer, let alone the installer
Switching & Cabling & PoE considerations
    • Switches and their capabilities (ports, PoE output)
    • Locations of switches
    • IDFs/MDFs
Key heatmaps of the installation…
    • … to document whether the network requirements were met or not throughout the site.
    • See also: customer requirements.

Things that may speed up your reporting efforts:


Consider delivering (also) online reports, not just PDF

    • Customers seem to love examining online reports, because online reports are
      • Easier to “navigate” than paper reports
      • Zoomable
      • Clickable (per-AP coverage, click to see AP details, etc)
      • Less pixelated / grainy
      • Not limited to paper limitations: size, static nature of it, lack of zooming…
      • Immediately generated - no waiting whatsoever generating the document
Use templates to minimise repetitive work
    • Templates can save a significant amount of time per report
    • Using templates, you can reuse things from your previous reports:
      • Logo
      • Names of all the “pages” (views) of the report
      • Descriptions of each of the pages
      • Selections of what you’d like to include in the report, and what to leave out
    • In Hamina, you can use previously customized reports as templates without any template configurations or even saving the templates
      • Each report you’ve generated appears as a template for you to use
Use variables in access point naming
    • Not reporting-related, but often AP names play a role in the report as well.
    • Hamina supports variable, based AP naming: You can automise your AP naming by using variables such as floor number, AP vendor / model, connected switch name, AP number, etc.
Customize further
    • For example, copy the Bill of Materials or Switching / Cabling report view to Excel to further customize.


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Blog Reporting_5PDF reports, matching your online reports, can be created with the click of a button



Love to talk about reports as much as we do? No? Well luckily Hamina Wireless reports are so dynamic & exciting that you’re guaranteed a job promotion, salary increase & 78.2% more likely to win the lottery. Ok, maybe not any of those things but at least our reports really are dynamic & exciting.

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