AirMagnet Unveils Fourth Generation WLAN Analysis Product for Handhelds, Laptops

AirMagnet, Inc. introduced the fourth generation of its popular laptop and handheld-based products today. The AirMagnet Mobile 4.0 suite–Laptop “Trio” and AirMagnet Handheld–boasts more than 20 new features, including expanded authentication support, advanced policy management, Voice over Wireless LAN quality assurance tools and 19 new event alarms including detection of the new Denial of Service vulnerability discovered by Queensland University of Technology.

Voice over WLAN use is growing among enterprises and selected verticals such as healthcare, and requires far stricter quality of service than data traffic, because minimal packet loss or interrupted signals can completely disrupt a phone call. AirMagnet Mobile 4.0 provides users with diagnostics tools to help early adopters understand and troubleshoot VoWLAN on their networks. In order to maintain the quality of VoWLAN calls, Mobile 4.0 offers a Jitter Tool to monitor the level of variation in frequency to ensure that it does not degrade connections. Additionally, Mobile 4.0 boasts a Roaming Tool to monitor the time delay as users move between Access Points (APs). If the roam time is too long, calls will most likely drop.

Laptop Trio 4.0 also offers expanded authentication support to include every major WLAN authentication mechanism in use today and supports key features of the recently ratified 802.11i security standard. As a result, AirMagnet users are assured that they are protected no matter what protocol they use, and can benefit from a slew of active troubleshooting tools whether they authenticate using WEP, LEAP and FAST, WPA or a VPN.

“AirMagnet set the bar high with its Mobile products–no other competitive product comes close to what it offers–and we are pleased to see that the new product has even more functionality and meets our growing needs,” said Christian Berry, technical support specialist, Dinwiddie County Public School District of Virginia. “While Mobile 4.0 has gotten more sophisticated, it is still an inexpensive way to safeguard our network and really takes the headache and guesswork out of monitoring and securing our network.”

Mobile 4.0 features improved monitoring and analysis, including a new channel analysis page that allows users to compare noise and signal statistics for all channels simultaneously for more insight into the network’s performance and health. Other features include a new calibration tool that provides more accurate and real world results by compensating for the known variations in Wi-Fi cards. Laptop Trio 4.0 also integrates AirMagnet Distributed 4.0′s rich policy manager to track and organize events, such as wireless attacks and performance glitches. For instance, the policy manager categorizes all intrusion attempts together and then subdivides them based on the type of attack to allow a network administrator to quickly see frequency of events and drill down if needed.

“As the leader in WLAN security and troubleshooting, AirMagnet anticipates the latest developments in Wi-Fi security and performance, before they become common problems,” said Dean Au, chief executive officer of AirMagnet. “With a total of 101 alarms, Mobile 4.0 provides the most comprehensive approach for common problems like identifying ‘rogue’ APs but also addresses dozens of equally critical and potentially harmful problems including 16 different types of Denial of Service attacks, man-in-the-middle and spoofing exploits, interference, unsecured stations and misconfigured security settings. We are also first to detect the ‘Queensland’ exploit. As our competitors enter and exit the market with first-generation analyzers, we continue to make our products more comprehensive.”

Pricing and Availability
AirMagnet Laptop Trio starts at $3,495, and AirMagnet Handheld 4.0 at $2,995. All products are available immediately.


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