WTAS (Wireless Technology Advisory Service)

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The Wireless Technical Advisory Service (WTAS) ran for a number of years and as technologies have improved, the demand for this advisory service has decreased. It is important that we direct resources to those areas that are most needed by our community and so it was decided that the service would close at the end of March 2015.

We'd like to thank Loughborough University, especially Matt Cook, Pranay Pancholi and Scott Armitage, for their advice and support over the years.

Existing documents will remain available on the web site but we won't be responding to new queries after that date and neither will we add any new content.

Should you have any wireless related queries, you may find that someone has asked the same question on the wireless-admin Jiscmail list and that it has been answered:


Don’t forget that we have various documents and guides in our library area here.

If you haven't already joined the list you can do so at www.jiscmail.ac.uk

If you have any questions please contact service@ja.net


The choice of access point location can play a large part in the performance of your wireless network. This document provides some recommendations to help ensure that your wireless networks are optimised to help meet the requirements of your users.

Thanks for Pranay Pancholi at Loughborough University for providing the document.


This case study focuses on a request from academic departments within Loughborough University to assist with final year student assessment and viva demonstrations. This is achieved by moving away from the use of privately created wireless networks within the local department and instead using University infrastructure and hardware.

Thanks to Pranay Pancholi at Loughborough for providing the document.


Wireless site surveys are undertaken to aid in planning and deploying a new or an existing network.

The site survey will determine any dead spot holes, overall signal coverage and interference. Gathering this information will help to determine how many access points are required for your site as well as suitable locations for points of install.

Site surveys are often required for new and existing installations.


IEEE 802.11u is an amendment to the 802.11 family of protocols which enables the sending, and requesting, of information relating to a wireless network and its operator/owner. This allows users to be presented not just with the SSID of a wireless network but more detailed information, such as the services offered by the network. This document from Loughborough University provides a brief overview.


Pranay Pancholi at Loughborough University has provided a short document to help users understand the basic procedures of getting started in undertaking a Spectrum Analysis scan of troublesome hotspot locations by using MetaGeek’s Wi-Spy DBx tool with Chanalyzer Pro and Chanalyzer for Mac OS X.

The document can be viewed at this link.

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