I secured the usb hub to the handle of the unit with narrow velcro strips (cut down from larger double-sided velcro) and used masking tape on the usb hub cable to keep it flat to the back of the unit. The stylus pen is stored in the underside of the unit handle, so Velcroing everything to the handle made it so I had nowhere to store the tablet stylus when I wasn't using it. I did some googling and came up with a halfway decent floor plan of a local mall where I was betting I'd wouldn't get stopped by security while I was testing out the F5v tablet.
I loaded up the maps into AirMagnet, set the scale and I was ready to start testing. The overall square footage of the public walkways totaled about 100,000 square feet for the 1st & 2nd floor of the mall, and the batteries on the F5v lasted about an hour and a half with AirMagnet Survey Pro and Spectrum XT running the entire time. Luckily the F5v's batteries are hot swappable and the battery has an external charger docking station available. I wish the screen was a bit larger since I could not see the Spectrum XT inset in the Survey Pro application while I was doing the survey. The Spectrum XT data was collected during the survey even though no major sources of interference were detected. Overall I was pleased by the performance of the F5v and I'm betting it will be a rugged site survey tablet to replace the IBM x201 I'd used for years.
Below are the survey images for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies of the SIMON WiFi wireless network in the mall in case you were curious about what kind of coverage you might get from "free" mall Wi-Fi. I tried to spot the access points as I was collecting the RF data, but I didn't see them at all on the first pass. Maybe now that I have the data showing where the hot spots are I might be able to find the installation locations.
|2nd Floor 5GHz RSSI|
|2nd Floor 2.4GHz SNR|
|2nd Floor 5GHz SNR|
Updated with Spectrum Analysis & Laptop Analyzer captures (here).
The duty cycle utilization was quite high due to all of the SSIDs contending for the same RF airspace. I spotted a microwave and an X-box, but no strange fixed frequency devices.
I did find it amusing that their signage for the open SSID isn't capitalized the same as the SSID being broadcast, and I spotted a couple of the APs providing the mall Wi-Fi (Proxim AP-700s) as I was leaving.