Fluke Networks redefines cost model for dedicated monitoring of wireless LANs

AM_HR_PlannerMarch 29, 2012Fluke Networks has announced a new version of its premier wireless local area network (WLAN) security and performance monitoring solution, AirMagnet Enterprise, Version 10. It offers the industry’s first Software Sensor Agent, letting customers use both software and hardware sensors to optimise cost, deployment and security monitoring needs.

With Fluke Networks’ new software-based option, organisations can now turn any Windows-PC into a software-based WLAN sensor.  This deployment option lets network professionals choose between standard hardware sensors, which are the core technology for monitoring WLANs, and a cost-effective software alternative for multi-site healthcare, retail and concession operations needing basic PCI or HIPAA compliance monitoring.

The software sensor is one of several new capabilities included in AirMagnet Enterprise Version 10, which also includes performance monitoring and WLAN platform support. The software agent incorporates Fluke Networks’ leading rogue detection and performance management capabilities to ensure the highest levels of security. The new version of AirMagnet Enterprise also features a management screen that provides a consolidated view of all data and controls to simplify investigation and containment of rogue devices.

In addition to the software agent, version 10 also features the market’s first Automated Health Check (AHC) capability for proactively monitoring WLAN network health from the end-user device all the way to the cloud. Network professionals can now pinpoint root cause issues, such as wireless authentication failures, download speed degradation and application system outages, before they impact the organisation.

Wayne Allen, program manager, Fluke Networks, said, “Given the explosion of Wi-Fi devices, and emerging security threats and compliance needs, WLAN network customers are under unbelievable pressure to ensure performance and provide the highest level of security to both protect data and comply with standards.

“AirMagnet Enterprise 10 is focused on tackling these issues with new technologies that take WLAN performance monitoring and security coverage to the next level.”

AirMagnet Enterprise also includes support for customers using equipment from Meru Networks. Customers can obtain full analysis of Meru Networks-based WLANs, enabling detailed monitoring down to the client device.

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Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and datacentres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit