Enterprise Networking: AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro Reveals Wireless Network Performance

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2012-05-10 Print this article Print


The AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro provides a variety of WLAN tools, including a dashboard that shows network utilization and other characteristics at-a-glance.


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.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . 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. 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 analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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