AirMagnet 1

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-05-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


.2"> AirMagnet 1.2

USABILITY Excellent
CAPABILITY Excellent
PERFORMANCE Good
INTEROPERABILITY Excellent
MANAGEABILITY Good
SCALABILITY N/A
SECURITY Good
AirMagnet 1.2 is a no-frills wireless sniffer for the Pocket PC platform from startup AirMagnet. The sniffer is easy to use right out of the box, and in eWeek Labs tests the system provided consistently accurate information about WLAN traffic. AirMagnet is a great choice for network managers who need to perform wireless site surveys and ongoing wireless security audits.

COST ANALYSIS
The AirMagnet 1.2 costs $2,495 (plus the cost of a handheld device), which puts it in the ballpark of other wireless network utilities but without all their bells and whistles. However, what AirMagnet lacks in decode and analysis features, it has in usability and performance.

+ 802.11b scouting and trouble-shooting is neatly presented and quickly started; handheld form factor is perfect for mobile trouble-shooting.

- Expensive relative to full-featured sniffers.

EVALUATION SHORT LIST
  • Netstumbler.coms NetStumbler
  • Network Instruments Observer 8.1
  • WildPackets AiroPeek
  • Network Associates Sniffer Wireless

www.airmagnet.com



 
 
 
 
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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