Fluke upgrades AirMagnet security, performance monitoring for enterprise WLANs

Version 10 of Fluke's AirMagnet enterprise WLAN monitoring platform includes proprietary software-based sensor option.

Fluke Networks has launched a version upgrade of its wireless LAN security and performance monitoring platform. Most notably, the company's AirMagnet Enterprise, Version 10 now offers a proprietary Software Sensor Agent (SSA), providing users with both software and hardware sensors to optimize cost, deployment and security monitoring needs across enterprise WLANs.

The new software-based option allows organizations to turn any Windows-PC into a software-based WLAN sensor. Fluke says the deployment option allows network administrators to 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 just one of several upgrades to AirMagnet Enterprise Version 10. To ensure the highest levels of WLAN security, the platform now also incorporates a new software agent for rogue detection and performance management capabilities. Additionally, a new management screen now 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 Fluke's Automated Health Check (AHC) capability for proactively monitoring WLAN network health, from end-user devices, all the way to the cloud. Via the AHC feature, administrators can now pinpoint root cause issues -- such as wireless authentication failures, download speed degradation, and application system outages -- before they impact the organization.

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

Version 10 of Fluke's AirMagnet Enterprise, comprised of sensors, server and console software, is available immediately.

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