Wi-Fi has revolutionized the way we work. People can get online from any location, stay connected via mobile devices, and eliminate cables and wires. It’s magical and it’s awesome. Everyone’s happy, and considers reliable Wi-Fi a “given.”
When Wi-Fi isn’t working, though, it’s a frustrating mystery. Users start complaining of dropped or slow signals and dead zones. Important data isn’t being transferred, people can’t get their tasks done, and the workplace grinds to a halt. You’re in charge of Wi-Fi, but the same reason Wi-Fi is so awesome — it’s invisible — is why it’s so hard to fix.
Wi-Spy and Chanalyzer were created to help you fix these Wi-Fi headaches… FAST!
Wi-Spy is a custom USB spectrum analyzer designed specifically for troubleshooting Wi-Fi issues. Unlike most Wi-Fi tools, Wi-Spy is able to measure ALL RF signals, not just Wi-Fi traffic. With Wi-Spy DBx, you can measure RF signals in the 5 GHz band, which is quickly becoming as crowded as the 2.4 GHz band!
By integrating the raw RF signal measurements from Wi-Spy with standard information from your Wi-Fi radio, Chanalyzer creates a complete picture of how Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi transmitters impact your wireless networks, giving you the information you need to resolve the issues affecting your users.
The standard antennas found in most wireless devices are omni-directional, so they receive signals from all directions. This can be useful, but when you need to find out where interference is coming from, a directional antenna can pinpoint your mystery device.
The Device Finder 2.4 GHz Directional Antenna is just what it sounds like — attach it to the Wi-Spy and point it in any given direction to quickly track down troublesome interferers.
Chanalyzer shows you the signal strength and RF activity of co-channel networks, overlapping channel networks, and non-Wi-Fi transmitters on each Wi-Fi channel. The Density View gives you a color-coded snapshot of both Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi activity at any given frequency on your chosen band, and the Channels Table lets you view more details about your chosen networks. Armed with this information you can pick the quietest channel for each of your access points.
With the optional Cisco CleanAir accessory for Chanalyzer, you gain immediate visibility into the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band from the perspective of your Cisco Access Points without leaving your desk.
Being able to perform spectrum analysis from locations throughout your WLAN gives you a front seat to the action– whether it be down the hall, across town, or on another continent.