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December 14, 2011

Fluke Networks Unveils AirMagnet Spectrum XT for Interference Identification on Wireless Networks

Fluke Networks (News - Alert), a provider of network test and monitoring solutions, announced the launch of a new version of AirMagnet Spectrum (News - Alert) XT.

The modified AirMagnet Spectrum XT is designed to offer interference identification and classification capabilities on a wireless network.

It is expected to simplify wireless LAN engineers' efforts to track down devices that are blocking enterprise WLANs from operating properly.

Automatically highlighting unclassified repeating spectrum patterns from non-WLAN Radio Frequency interference sources, the new Auto Pattern Detection feature provides engineers with the capability to create custom signatures for future alerts.

Engineers can identify sources of interference, reducing the time and cost associated with troubleshooting. AirMagnet (News - Alert) Spectrum XT is able to automatically scan, alert and report on those previously identified interference sources, company officials said.

“In a recent customer survey, 82 percent tell us they're encountering WLAN performance problems caused by non-WLAN sources of interference – and 63 percent are not able to identify the source,” said Chia-Chee Kuan, vice president of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit, in a statement.

“Spectrum XT analyzer's ability to automatically detect unknown RF interference patterns and give engineers the tools to create customized signatures for future alerts is directly targeted at resolving this issue and saves IT staff time and money,” Kuan added.

Wi-Fi use is growing 35 percent each year in the U.S. and Fluke Networks is trying to tap a big opportunity in global markets.

“I consult on a large WLAN campus that is constantly impacted by staff and student devices and technology,” said Tim Dennehy, an independent wireless engineer that works with leading universities and organizations. “Finding sources of interference that impact our WLAN is a constant challenge.”

Recently, Fluke Networks announced the first field technician tool capable of testing the entire length of an average DSL cabling loop for bridge taps, a major source of DSL network performance issues.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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