Fluke brings 11ac functionality to AirMagnet products
Vendor rolls out new features designed specifically for gigabit wireless networks
Fluke Networks has rolled out a range of new 802.11ac features for its AirMagnet Wi-Fi analysers to help enterprises get their best out of the still-young wireless standard.
The features, included in AirMagnet Survey PRO/Planner and AirMagnet Wi-Fi Analyzer PRO, include new modelling applications, toolkits and what Fluke calls the industry's first 3x3 portable capture and analysis capability.
According to estimates from Infonetics Research, 802.11ac access points could account for three quarters of access point shipments by 2017.
"The skyrocketing use of mobile devices, greater user expectations, and the growth of business reliance on Wi-Fi networks has spurred the 802.11ac wave," said Dilip Advani, director of Product Marketing for the Fluke Networks AirMagnet Tools and AirCheck product lines.
But while the greater bandwidth provided by 11ac is good for high-transaction, dense environments, Gartner warns that 11ac alone cannot solve problems caused by inadequately implemented WLANs.
The AirMagnet upgrades with 802.11ac functionality, then, help IT teams to phase new wireless infrastructures into existing WLANs without having to perform a one-to-one rip-and-replacement of existing equipment, Fluke said.
"Adding more 802.11ac capabilities to our AirMagnet products will help wireless engineers and technicians deploy Gigabit Wi-Fi networks right the first time, without costly redesigns or network overhauls. Using Fluke Networks, they will get the Wi-Fi performance they're paying for and can solve problems accurately and faster than ever before," said Advani.