EDX Wireless releases Signal-IQ 2.3, a comprehensive and integrated Planning and Design suite for In-Building DAS and AP deployments
Eugene, OR, April 16, 2012– EDX Wireless, a leading provider of RF planning tools,
announced the release of version 2.3 of EDX® Signal-IQ™, a comprehensive software system
for the design of in-building wireless networks, including Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS),
picocell, femtocell and 802.11 Access Point (AP) deployments.
Extending EDX SignalPro family of RF planning solutions, EDX Signal-IQ is a fully
integrated standalone indoor RF design tool focused on the unique and evolving needs of in-building design. With support for advanced RF modeling based on EDX’s 25 years of RF
experience, Signal-IQ delivers rapid and accurate designs for indoor wireless networks.
“This release expands the capabilities of Signal-IQ by adding significant new functionality
specific for the design of in-building multi-floor active and passive DAS RF networks.” said
Steve Webster, Director of Product Management at EDX. “We worked closely with our
partners to address their emerging needs and in Signal-IQ Version 2.3 have created a
comprehensive, yet cost effective in building RF design package.”
Designed with simple operation, yet with accurate RF coverage predictions as its
primary goals, Signal-IQ streamlines end to end design of in building RF networks of all types.
Due to its efficient calculation algorithms, Signal-IQ can show real-time predicted RF coverage
as an antenna or Access Point is moved, allowing the engineer to optimize the coverage from
each antenna or AP.
Signal-IQ streamlines the import of building floor plans, including .DWG (AutoCAD)
format or via a simple integrated Floor plan converter that converts bitmap images to wall vector files. Signal-IQ also includes advanced wall sketching tools that allow the user to simply and quickly sketch floor plans on imported image files. RF properties can then be assigned to walls and other objects via simple pull down menus. Indoor RF network designs can be rapidly
created by placing RF objects and connecting them with various placement tools including
automatic RF and active DAS (fiber) cable tools that allows a rapid and intuitive connection
between RF objects. Inter-floor cable connections through risers can also be specified and
designed in Signal-IQ 2.3. Cable lengths and RF losses are automatically calculated and stored
in the Bill of Materials and RF link budget lists. Other features include a schematic view that
allows the engineer to visualize the RF components and their interconnection. With the
schematic view and other automatic error checking functions, the RF engineer can easily see
missing or incorrect connections and RF connector gender mismatches.
With the RF design placed on the floor plan, Signal-IQ allows the user to simulate and
display the coverage of the indoor wireless network via a wide range of available RF study
options. Another innovation is the RF design optimization tool which calculates EiRP and
predicted coverage in real time as the antenna is moved around the floor plan of the building.
This innovative feature allows the user to rapidly try what-if scenarios and optimize the coverage of each antenna in a complex DAS system.
Additionally, Signal-IQ 2.3 contains many advances in overall workflow and usability.
Helpful features have been added to streamline complex processes which are easily accessible
with a quick context sensitive menu.
About EDX Wireless
EDX network design tools are some of the most widely used engineering software
products for designing wireless communications networks, including wireless broadband,
WiMAX, LTE, Wi-Fi, Public Safety, and other mobile wireless systems. This mature suite of
tools is the result of over 25 years of development effort, EDX propagation and planning tools have been used in more than 60 countries worldwide for the successful design and deployment
of wireless networks.
© 2012 EDX Wireless LLC. EDX® and SignalPro® are registered trademarks of EDX