Adapter enables testing of 5-GHz WiFi

July 5, 2018
The Dual Band USB WiFi Adapter for Ideal Networks’ LanXPLORER Pro supports 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz WiFi testing.

Ideal Networks has upgraded its LanXPLORER Pro network troubleshooting tool with a new WiFi test adapter that supports both 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz WiFi frequencies. The company also introduced updated software for the tester.

“With so many channels now using the 2.4-GHz WiFi frequency, many business users are finding that the speed of their network suffers,” noted Tim Widdershoven, global marketing manager for Ideal Networks. “This means that companies are increasingly moving to 5-GHz WiFi to beat congestion and prevent performance from depreciating. To meet this demand, we have introduced a new Dual Band USB WiFi Adapter for LanXPLORER Pro.”

When combined with the latest free software updates, the USB antenna offers functionality that supports testing for both 2.4- and 5-GHz WiFi in accordance with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Ideal Networks stated.

The company added that the software updates “improved WiFi testing capabilities and accuracy by enabling the tester to display new RF parameters such as signal strength (dBm0 and signal to noise ratio (SNR). This makes the tester an effective, time-saving tool for systems integrators and IT technicians.”

Other elements of the software update enhance the LanEXPLORER Pro’s wireline-testing and wired-network-troubleshooting capabilities. “The latest free software includes an extended list of wiremap templates for common Ethernet cable types including Cat 6A/7A/8 and non-Ethernet cable, such as Profinet 4, ISDN and Deutsche Bahn,” the company said. “User-defined custom wiremap templates are also available for maximum versatility and accuracy when testing proprietary cabling systems.”

Widdershoven added, “Overall, the updated software and upgraded USB antenna provide a better user experience, alongside bug fixes. This ensures that all the testing and troubleshooting needed for WiFi and network installations can be done with just one tester as simply and efficiently as possible.”

Software updates for the LanXPLORER can be downloaded here.

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