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.
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; www.nai.com
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.