WildPackets Announces OmniSpectrum v3.1 Portable 802.11 Spectrum Analysis Solution.Instant Replay and Interference Severity Make It Easier Than Ever to Troubleshoot RF Interference Problems
WALNUT CREEK Walnut Creek, residential city (1990 pop. 60,569), Contra Costa co., W Calif., in the San Francisco Bay area; inc. 1914. It is the trade and shipping center of an extensive agricultural area where walnuts are among the major product. , Calif. -- WildPackets[R] Inc., innovators in advanced network analysis, today announced OmniSpectrum v3.1, a mobile spectrum analysis solution that enables network engineers to troubleshoot RF interference problems with WLANs. The new release, which will be commercially available within the next two weeks, enhances ease of use with instant replay, interference severity assessments, and "friend or foe" identification of 802.11 assets. It also includes new analysis capabilities, including the identification of co-channel interference The confusion in the tuning circuit of a wireless receiver due to a second wireless signal being detected with the same frequency. Due to weather conditions, wireless communications systems (radio, TV, etc. and a new signal-to-noise ratio The ratio of the power or volume (amplitude) of a signal to the amount of unwanted interference (the noise) that has mixed in with it. Measured in decibels, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR or S/N) measures the clarity of the signal in a circuit or a wired or wireless transmission channel. (SNR See signal-to-noise ratio.
SNR - signal-to-noise ratio ) chart. OmniSpectrum runs on a standard Windows laptop. This release introduces support for Microsoft Vista See Windows Vista. . OmniSpectrum v3.1 enables network engineers and field service staff to even more quickly identify which channels are over-utilized and by what devices, and whether the interference sources are 802.11 or non-802.11 devices. Based on patented spectrum intelligence technology from Cognio, Inc., OmniSpectrum provides the best first line of defense in diagnosing 802.11 interference problems.
RF interference, and the sources that create it, are serious concerns for enterprise WLANs. RF interference problems can lead to poor network performance and lost connectivity. Interference can be caused by other WLANs, as well as non-Wi-Fi devices such as cordless phones A wireless telephone that transmits to and receives signals from a base station within a range of a few hundred feet. Cordless phones are for local use and cannot travel long distances as can cellphones and satellite phones. See DECT and multihandset cordless. , microwave ovens, and security video cameras.
"Farpoint Group just completed an extensive series of tests designed to show the impact of a variety of interference sources on Wi-Fi networks See wireless Ethernet and 802.11. ," said Craig Mathias a Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group (Ashland, MA). "We found that many interferers could dramatically degrade TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose Wi-Fi performance, and recommend that all enterprise Wi-Fi installations possess the ability to detect and identify interference where and when it occurs. OmniSpectrum does just that."
By combining OmniSpectrum with WildPackets OmniPeek network analyzer A specialized hardware device or software in a desktop or laptop computer that captures packets transmitted in a network for routine inspection and problem detection. Also called a "sniffer," "packet sniffer," "packet analyzer," "traffic analyzer" and "protocol analyzer," the network , engineers can benefit from a Total Wi-Fi Analysis[TM] solution that provides advanced troubleshooting capabilities for layers 1-7 of a WLAN See wireless LAN.
WLAN - wireless local area network . OmniSpectrum and OmniPeek are part of WildPackets' OmniAnalysis Platform for network and application analysis.
OmniSpectrum, which includes a Windows application A program that is written to run under Microsoft's Windows operating system. Such applications typically run under all 32-bit versions of Windows, but earlier applications might also run under the 16-bit versions (Windows 3.x) as well. See Windows. and a CardBus PC card, costs $3,295. To request a demo, to place an order, or to learn more about WildPackets' Total Wi-Fi Analysis solution, please call (925) 937-3200.
WildPackets OmniAnalysis[TM] Platform
WildPackets' OmniAnalysis Platform is a distributed network analysis platform for troubleshooting and optimizing enterprise networks and applications. The OmniAnalysis Platform comprises OmniPeek network analyzers and consoles, as well as distributed OmniEngines, which analyze data at remote locations on the network. With its open APIs and a growing family of plug-ins, the OmniAnalysis Platform is uniquely designed to meet the ever-changing needs of network engineers responsible for wired and wireless networks and applications such as VoIP and VoWiFi.
About WildPackets Inc.
Since 1990, WildPackets has been developing innovative, high-quality, easy-to-use and valuable solutions to maintain the health and integrity of critical data-in-motion. From the desktop to the datacenter, wired to wireless, distributed and local, WildPackets products enable IT organizations to monitor, troubleshoot, and secure their network systems. Sold in over 60 countries through a broad network of channel and strategic partners, WildPackets products are deployed in all industrial sectors, including 80% of the Fortune 1000. For further information, please visit www.wildpackets.com.
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