AirMagnet has released an upgraded version of its enterprise platform that offers new security features, as well as performance monitoring and event analysis capabilities.
The company said that its Enterprise 7.0 software supported new wireless sensors that could monitor and analyse the radio frequency (RF) spectrum for interference by non-Wi-Fi devices such as cordless phones and Bluetooth devices.
"Traditional sensors capture wireless packets out of the air and do a stateful analysis of those packets" to identify potential problems, said Wade Williamson, product manager at AirMagnet. "What's new here with our sensors is it gives you a regular Wi-Fi analysis - plus it gives you an analysis of what's going on at Layer 1."
The changes are designed to help companies more quickly identify potential WLAN performance issues, he said.
AirMagnet's new product is among the first in the industry to combine Wi-Fi protocol analysis with spectral analysis, said Craig Mathias, an analyst at Farpoint Group.
Though there's not a "huge need" yet for this capability in traditional enterprise settings, it can be very useful in certain environments, he said.
In addition to incorporating a spectral analyser, AirMagnet has added location-based detection and alarm features that let companies identify rogue devices by location, Williamson said. That lets companies establish perimeters for indoor and outdoor locations and create unique alarms and location-based recommendations for security and performance problems, Williamson said.
Also new is an Alarm Correlation feature designed to help companies better analyse security and event information on their WLANs, Williamson said. With it, an administrator can more quickly identify specific devices or access points in a wireless network that are causing problems.
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