AirMagnet rolls out dual-band network analyser

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AirMagnet rolls out dual-band network analyser

AirMagnet, a supplier of mission-critical wireless Lan management and security tools, has launched a dual-band 802.11a/b wireless network analyser and assessment tool for laptops.

The AirMagnet Duo Wireless Laptop Analyzer is a wireless administration tool for deployment, intrusion detection, site survey, performance analysis and connection trouble-shooting.

The product was developed for laptops rather than handhelds chiefly because the network analyser card requires CardBus technology and handhelds only support the slower PCMCIA bus, according to AirMagnet co-founder and president Dean Au.

The AirMagnet product is claimed to be unique because it can assess network strength, reallocate channels, troubleshoot and detect rogue access points on both .11a and .11b networks simultaneously.

"In a mixed mode environment you would have to do a site survey twice," said Chia-Chee Kuan, AirMagnet co-founder, chief technology officer and vice president of engineering.

As dual-mode networks such as .11a and .11b or .11a and .11g get deployed, there will be some unanticipated consequences, said Kuan.

The AirMagnet Duo costs $3,495 (£2,172) with a NeatGear Inc. 802.11a/b adaper card.

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