Sniffer Wireless

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-01-15 Print this article Print

Sniffer Wireless

Network Associates Sniffer Wireless is a good product for network managers who are deploying wireless networks because the wireless protocol analyzer quickly reveals problems that tools provided by wireless hardware makers can easily miss.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Sniffer Wireless should immediately reduce the amount of time spent diagnosing wireless network problems by either identifying wireless concerns or pointing to problems on the wired network instead.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Over time, Sniffer Wireless will likely prove to be as valuable a security and intrusion detection tool as it is a bandwidth and protocol analysis utility.

Collects information on wireless traffic from all transmitters; neatly organizes data on performance and protocol utilization; conducts passive monitoring, which means no bandwidth is used to measure traffic rates.

The same information can be obtained with many of the simple utilities provided by wireless hardware suppliers.

Network Associates Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.; (972)308-9960;

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

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