Test & Measurement
Fluke Networks offers hand-held AirCheck WiFi tester
By Anthony Capkun
Fluke Networks’ new AirCheck WiFi tester is a dedicated hand-held tool that promises quick and easy troubleshooting for wireless local area networks (WLANs). Through an intuitive interface, users can easily verify and troubleshoot 802.11 a/b/g/n network availability, connectivity, channel utilization and security settings. The tester allows users to identify coverage and connectivity problems, find unauthorized or rogue access points (APs), see overloaded networks and channels, detect interference and validate security settings. Fluke boasts the AirCheck quicker, easier to operate and more portable than any other WiFi tool on the market. It boasts a 2.8-in. full-colour LCD screen and a menu-based system that can be navigated using five buttons. The tester measures 3.5 in x 7.8 in x 1.9 in (8.9 cm x 19.8 cm x 4.8 cm) and weighs only 14 oz (0.4 kg). AirCheck Manager software (supplied with the unit and runs on a host PC) manages all AirCheck profiles and the information collected from multiple AirCheck testers.