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Rise of Mobile Workers Signals Need for Wireless Network Analyzers

Today, there’s no such thing as a 9-5 work day. Gone are the days when employees were “chained” to their desks forced to use a simple set of tools to complete work. Today’s anytime, anywhere workers are far more mobile, using three or more devices, working from multiple locations, and using a number of apps all at their own convenience.

In fact, 29 percent of the global workforce is characterized as mobile workers, a number that is only slated to rise, according to Forrester’s report titled “2013 Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends.” Moreover, 84 of survey respondents claim only to use a desktop computer for work at least once a week; 63 percent use a laptop every week; 48 percent use smart phones for business each week; and 21 percent use tablets.

With an increasing mobile workforce – that expects the same quality of service (QoS) experience as the wired environment – there are unique requirements for wireless network analysis. While access points are stationary, users are not.

Mobile workers are roaming from one AP to another, with the expectation that their services will seamlessly continue. But what if they don’t? Because your network uses multiple, non-overlapping channels to avoid AP-AP interference, you can no longer analyze data on a single channel. So what do you do?

WildPackets offers the only solution currently on the market that can address these complexities. With its OmniPeek network analyzer, network traffic can be captured from multiple channels simultaneously and analyzed in real-time, as opposed to traditional solutions that scan from channel to channel, missing large gaps in the data.

To learn more about wireless network analyzers, click here.

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