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Your WLAN Is Widely Dispersed, But What About Your Analysis Capability?

Let’s say you’re a growing business that’s run out of space on the floor you currently occupy in your office building, so you choose to expand your operations to available space on the floor below. Now that your users and equipment are more spread out, you need a way to ensure they all remain connected to your network.

Wi-Fi solves that problem easily and, before you know it, your WLAN stretches to both floors.

While you’re celebrating your success, however, it’s important to remember that a high-speed dispersed WLAN can be difficult to monitor. Or at least it used to be, right up until WildPackets launched its Omnipliance WiFi Analysis & Recorder Appliance.

As the only wireless network analyzer capable of capturing and storing wireless data at multi-Gbps speeds, the Omnipliance Wi-Fi Analysis & Recorder Appliance offers network engineers a new level of visibility for IT engineers. The device can conduct roaming, voice or multi-channel analysis, as well as detect and analyze trouble anywhere on the network, 24 x 7. Using the data captured directly from your AP, IT engineers can:

  • Troubleshoot network performance issues, that occurred minutes, hours, or days earlier
  • Find proof of security attacks, including data breaches, suggested by alerts raised by other security tools
  • Support critical applications like email, VoIP or Voice over Wi-Fi (VoFi).

If you’d like to learn more about how you can improve the way you manage and monitor your Wi-Fi network, click here for the Omnipliance Wi-Fi data sheet.

The State of 802.11ac Adoption

The move to the next generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac is picking up steam quickly, seeing an increase of 540 percent in the last year. However, there is still much work to be done when it comes to client devices that support the new standard. Many organizations are still running clients that can only handle traffic from older standards like 802.11n or 802.11g. In order to truly realize the efficiencies gained from 802.11ac, 802.11ac client devices need broader adoption in the enterprise.  Although the number of 802.11ac client devices is still small, this number is growing rapidly, with most new cell phones, tablets and laptops supporting 802.11ac. When this question is asked again, we believe the number of 802.11ac clients will be approaching critical mass, and organizations will be very happy that they upgraded their wireless infrastructure to 802.11ac so they are capable of handling the increased throughput.

To illustrate the rate of enterprise 802.11ac adoption, WildPackets commissioned a survey across the enterprise and various industries. More than 200 individuals completed the State of 802.11ac Adoption survey. Respondents came from organizations of various industries and sizes. Here are some of the key findings from the report:

Who Responded?

  • More than 20 percent of respondents work in organizations with more than 10,000 people
  • Almost 63 percent of respondents work in organizations with less than 1,000 people
  • 40 percent of respondents lie within three main industries: High Technology, Manufacturing, and Education

Rate of 802.11ac Adoption

  • 23 percent of respondents have already deployed 802.11ac
  • 29 percent of respondents have no plans to deploy 802.11ac

Client Devices Supporting 802.11ac

  • 41 percent of respondents said that less than 10 percent of their organization’s current client devices supported 802.11ac. 25 percent did not know

To find out more about the state of 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi adoption, download the full survey report

Setting a new standard for WLAN analysis

Today, we announced the release of Omnipliance WiFi, the industry’s first WLAN analysis solution that allows for monitoring, analysis, and troubleshooting of distributed, multi-gigabit 802.11ac wireless network traffic. With this new offering, network administrators now have the ability to identify and solve critical network problems in real-time without ever leaving their desks.

As more and more organizations transition on to 802.11ac from older legacy 802.11 networks, traditional USB-based adapters for laptops that network administrators have relied on for years to monitor and troubleshoot WLANs are no longer sufficient.

Omnipliance WiFi is the only solution available on the market today to provide the mutli-Gigabit data capture, 24/7 enterprise-wide coverage, and time saving analytics enterprises need in order to properly manage and take full advantage of their 802.11ac networks.

For more information read our press release or visit the Omnipliance WiFi product page