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Fluke Networks Unveils New Wi-Fi Sensor to Address WLAN Installation and Security Issues


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September 21, 2012

Fluke Networks Unveils New Wi-Fi Sensor to Address WLAN Installation and Security Issues

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Fluke Networks (News - Alert), a provider of technology and expertise to address the challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers, has launched a new Wi-Fi sensor designed to ease the challenges associated with the growing Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon in enterprises.

The Sensor Series 4 for AirMagnet (News - Alert) Enterprise also eliminates the need for Ethernet cable, thus reducing the installation cost by up to two thirds in situations where cable installation is prohibitive from a time, cost or logistics perspective, the company said.

The solution provides client performance verification via AirMagnet Enterprise's Automated Health Check (AHC) feature. AHC proactively tests and verifies WLAN network health from the end-user device all the way to the cloud and identifies issues before they impact the organization.

"With WLAN growth approaching $1-billion-per-quarter, and the dramatic increase in BYOD, the areas organizations need Wi-Fi performance and monitoring coverage is increasing exponentially," said Chia-Chee Kuan, vice president of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit, in a statement. "The SmartEdge sensor provides a solution to help secure and monitor the network by eliminating roadblocks caused by Ethernet cabling."

The solution finds applications in markets such as healthcare where less disruptive deployment options for wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) are important. It also impacts other markets such as education where drilling for cable access is both expensive and damaging to historic building structures.

With its quick and easy installation, the new SmartEdge sensor allows clients to instantly overcome the challenges they face at customer sites. The solution features three internal radios and Wireless Connect feature and extends Wi-Fi security and performance monitoring, providing immediate coverage in the face of explosive WLAN growth and BYOD phenomena. 

The new SmartEdge Sensor features internal radios (two 802.11n 3x3 MIMO 450 Mbps plus one for dedicated spectrum analysis) to enable both 24x7 security monitoring, scanning and rogue detection. It is also provided with a "fade-into-the background" enclosure and features increased memory capacity along with support for 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet. 

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Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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