Enterprise Networking: AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro Reveals Wireless Network Performance
The Fluke Networks AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro provides network technicians and engineers with 802.11n and more widely deployed 802.11a/b/g WLAN sniffer capabilities that effectively show the current WiFi configuration. Newly refined testing tools, including a multidestination ping, traceroute and FTP module, take some of the tedium out of running basic network tests. Multimedia tests can also show how well the WLAN will deliver video and other multimedia files so that network engineers can make configuration changes that provide predictable performance that satisfies end-user expectations. After the AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro software is installed on a laptop with a supported wireless LAN card, a technician can use the tool to gather site survey information, including radio-frequency (RF) coverage and signal distribution. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro includes the usual collection of in-depth analysis tools, such as live capture of network traffic and the ability to decode traffic for diagnostic analysis. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro is designed for on-the-go use by technicians who are likely traveling to retail locations or moving around WLAN campus installations. The tool goes beyond simple sniffer troubleshooting, making it useful for network engineers who are conducting site surveys or diagnosing network problems as 802.11n access points are added to an existing network.