WifiBuilder is more useful in real-world scenarios than tools that only measure raw RF energy on a frequency-by-frequency basis and, hence, it can better predict the performance of each channel.
Redmond, WA (PRWEB) June 14, 2011
Nuts About Nets' WifiBuilder product (http://www.WifiBuilder.com), the industry's first diagnostic and production access point, has been awarded Editors' Choice by PC Magazine. WifiBuilder's unique diagnostic capabilities are achieved by employing a software stack that incorporates Nuts About Nets' patent-pending IMMI technology into a custom Linux image that runs on the access point. This customized version of Linux supports diagnostic applications that run on a PC and which communicate with the AP.
PC Magazine's in-depth review includes an overview of the product, the easy setup procedure, features and diagnostic testing, and performance in AP Production Mode.
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Until now Wi-Fi diagnostic tools have come in the form of handheld, PC-based USB or PCMCIA, or luggable RF analyzers. WifiBuilder is different -- it goes straight to the source. It uses a high-end, dual-band, 802.11N access point for data collection and provides a view into the local RF environment that no other tool can provide. Data collected by the WifiBuilder AP is analyzed by diagnostic software (running on a PC) to troubleshoot performance problems and configure access points for optimal bandwidth and channel usage. The same WifiBuilder AP that is used for troubleshooting problems and performing diagnostics can also be used as a production AP for normal 802.11 network connectivity.
RF spectrum analysis is often used to troubleshoot Wi-Fi problems related to RF interference -- but it has limitations. For example, it only looks at raw RF energy at specific frequencies within a channel and does not see the channel as a whole. Also, a spectrum analyzer does not see the RF environment from the same perspective as a Wi-Fi radio nor can it take into account the protocols that are built into the 802.11 standard that help mitigate the effects of RF interference. WifiBuilder solves this issue by analyzing each channel, in its entirety, from the perspective of an AP radio and quantifying the available throughput. WifiBuilder is more useful in real-world scenarios than tools that only measure raw RF energy on a frequency-by-frequency basis and, hence, it can better predict the performance of each channel.
The WifiBuilder package includes a Cisco Linksys WRT400N access point (with customized Linux image) plus Profiler24x diagnostic software, and has an MSRP of $429.90 USD (plus S/H). Alternatively, the hardware and software can be purchased individually for $279.95 and 179.95, respectively.
Nuts About Nets
Nuts About Nets (http://www.NutsAboutNets.com) is a leading innovator of low-cost, wireless diagnostic tools used for installing, optimizing and troubleshooting 802.11 (Wi-Fi) wireless networks and solving white space and frequency coordination issues in wireless audio systems. The company strives to develop low-cost, easy-to-use tools that professionals and non-professionals alike can use to solve real-world problems related to RF interference and intermodulation distortion. Nuts About Nets' track record speaks for itself -- both in the width and breadth of new products the company has developed and that are deployed around the world. With pending patents for Wi-Fi channel optimization and intermodulation analysis, the company has demonstrated an ability to approach old problems from new perspectives.
For more information, contact Nuts About Nets at 2855 152nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052, Tel: 425-881-6506, Fax: 425-449-4902, Email: support(at)NutsAboutNets(dot)com, or visit the company web site at http://www.NutsAboutNets.com.