Executive Summary

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-10-28 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


: AirMagnet Laptop 2.0"> Executive Summary: AirMagnet Laptop 2.0

Usability Good
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Fair
Manageability Good
Scalability N/A
Security Good
Wireless protocol analyzers including AirMagnet Laptop make trouble-shooting network problems easier by identifying problems such as poor connectivity. AirMagnet started off on the right foot by releasing its first product on a handheld iPaq. This follow-on adds all the conveniences that a larger form factor affords—mainly, improved viewing of decodes on the larger laptop screen—but doesnt break new ground in wireless network management.

COST ANALYSIS

Acquisition costs for AirMagnet Laptop are much higher than comparable products, with no commensurate increase in either decodes or capabilities. Ongoing maintenance of AirMagnet Laptop is negligible, as is the case with many other products in this category.

(+) Complements handheld version of the product; larger screen can display more data.

(-) Expensive.

EVALUATION SHORT LIST
  • Network Instruments Observer
  • Network Associates Sniffer Wireless
  • www.airmagnet.com



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    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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