During the first session of Wireless Field Day 5, Fluke Networksannounced a slew of upgrades to the AirMagnet Survey software package. They geared the updates towards the coming torrent of 802.11ac devices and are touting the ability to measure real world experience from an end user’s view point.
They started off with a quick intro but wasted no time diving into the problems we face now and stand to face in the near future with the 802.11ac push that’s bearing down on us. To solve these issues Fluke’s AirMagnet team has made some key updates to their site survey software. The newest release will fully support 802.11ac. In order to add this capability they’ve updated and applied their lifecycle approach to wireless network planning, preparation, deployment, and optimization/troubleshooting.
One of the largest concerns with the coming changes is the media and marketing around 802.11ac. The promises of blazing fast networks with speeds exceeding 1Gbps and cell size increases are driving consumers (and in turn, executives) to buy in without a real understanding. With 80 and even 160MHz channels on their way, proper planning is that much more crucial. The predictability of wireless networks is likely going to be noticably impacted due to varied environments, channel mis-allocations, coverage over performance deployments, improper cell sizing, and in the distant future wired network capacity could become a real issue. To ease the transition, whether it’s a slow transition, a forklift replacement, or waiting for a normal refresh cycle, Fluke’s new features take into account these new challenges and give you the information needed to move forward.