AirMagnet RF Spectrum Analyzer
 

AirMagnet Spectrum XT

Proactively identify and locate any RF interference impacting Wi-Fi performance

  • Industry’s only professional and USB-based spectrum analyzer software for the Wi-Fi band (2.4/5/4.9 GHz).
  • Confidently rule out any RF interference-generated impact on Wi-Fi performance and maximize troubleshooting efficiency.
  • Get the job done right the first time and prevent costly rework by driving to root cause of network performance issues with zero-day Interference Intelligence to identify, classify and locate non Wi-Fi interference sources.
  • Minimize troubleshooting effort and time by not having to interpret “squiggly lines” or manually match classification patterns, and instead be powered by the industry’s largest classification database and auto pattern recognition that helps identify any RF interference source in the world.
  • Prioritize troubleshooting activities and reduce time to locate and fix issues with built-in Wi-Fi impact analysis capability.
  • Dedicated troubleshooting solution guaranteeing RF interference-related fault detection as compared to “time-slicing monitoring functionality” or “AP-centric views” built inside the wireless network infrastructure.
  • Maximize your AP infrastructure investment and wireless network performance by choosing the strongest and cleanest Wi-Fi channel.
  • Secure the Wi-Fi network by verifying “no Wi-Fi zones” and detecting intentional RF interference sources such as RF jammers.
  • Accelerate deployment projects and minimize expensive wireless LAN performance impact due to RF interference sources by performing simultaneous Spectrum and Wi-Fi analysis in a single site survey walk through via integration with AirMagnet Survey PRO.

Note: 1st year Gold support is required and must be purchased separately. Click here to read more about Gold support.

 
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Overview

AirMagnet Spectrum XT is the first and only professional spectrum analyzer software solution that combines in-depth radio frequency analysis with real-time wireless network information for quicker and more accurate trouble­shooting of performance problems. This combined view of “impact analysis of RF interference” on the network’s overall performance helps pin-point the root-cause of those problems.

AirMagnet Spectrum XT is the ideal spectrum analyzer software solution for network engineers and installers/integrators for troubleshooting and deployment of wireless LAN networks, and is available in the universal and convenient USB form factor, allowing this spectrum analyzer software solution to be used on any notebook, netbook or tablet PC.

AirMagnet Spectrum XT 3.6.1 Released!

               Introducing support for Microsoft® Windows 8 Pro & Enterprise

"After firefighting for over a year with a poorly implemented wireless network covering a huge facility, I was finally able to convince my employer we needed tools. I couldnt break fix any more. It has made a night and day difference."
Peter
IT Manager
Kieiwit
Ingleside, TX US

AirMagnet Spectrum XT is the first and only professional spectrum analyzer solution that combines in-depth radio frequency analysis with real-time WLAN information for quicker and more accurate trouble­shooting of performance problems. This combined view of “impact analysis of RF interference” on the network’s overall performance helps pin-point the root-cause of those problems.

AirMagnet Spectrum XT is the ideal solution for network engineers and installers/integrators for troubleshooting and deployment of WLAN networks, and is available in the universal and convenient USB form factor, allowing it to be used on any notebook, netbook or tablet PC.

AirMagnet Spectrum XT 3.6.1 Released!

               Introducing support for Microsoft® Windows 8 Pro & Enterprise

 
 
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Models & Accessories
Models
Model Number/Name Description
AM/B4070AirMagnet Spectrum XT (USB Based)
AM/A4040AirMagnet Directional Antenna
 
Bundles
Model Number/Name Description
AM/A1490AirMagnet WLAN Design & Analysis Suite Bundle with Multi Adapter Kit (Survey Pro/Planner, WiFi Analyzer Pro and Spectrum XT + 3 Proxim adapters) Available in US & Canada only.
AM/A1580AirMagnet Survey Pro/Planner and Spectrum XT Bundle
 
 
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Brochure
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Wireless Solutions Brochure
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Datasheet
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AirMagnet Spectrum XT Datasheet
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WLAN Professional Services Brief
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Compare
FeaturesAirMagnet Spectrum XTAirMagnet AirMedic USB
Form Factor
  • USB
  • USB
Frequency Bands scanned
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 5 GHz
  • 4.9 GHz
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 5 GHz
  • 4.9 GHz
RF Interference source classification

Yes

  • Bluetooth
  • Cordless phones
  • Generic possible interferers
  • Conventional microwave oven
  • Inverter microwave oven
  • Sony PlayStation® 2 Wireless Game Controller
  • Microsoft Xbox 360® Wireless Remote Controller
  • 802.11 FHSS Device
  • Sony PlayStation® 2 Wireless Game Controller
  • Digital video monitor
  • Baby monitor
  • RF Jammer
  • Radar
  • Motion Detector
  • Zigbee
  • Wireless cameras
  • Non Bluetooth wireless mouse
  • RF signal generator

No

Locate RF Interference sourceYes. Built-in device locator tool.No
Radar Detection ToolYesNo
Create customized signatures to detect and classify any RF interference sourceYes. Using AirMagnet Spectrum XT, users can create classification signature and detect any RF interference source.No
Automated pattern recognition and alerting for any RF InterfererYesNo
Learning Assistance for interference sources
  • Detailed description (impact on WLAN, recommendations on how to deal with it, etc.) on every interference source
  • Ideal patterns for interference sources
  • Ideal patterns for RF interference sources in the Help menu
RF Spectrum Graphs
  • Real-time FFT
  • Spectrum Density
  • Spectrogram
  • Channel Power
  • Interference Power
  • Channel Duty Cycle
  • FFT with Duty Cycle Overlay
  • Event Spectrogram
  • Channel Duty Cycle vs. Time Trending
  • Interference Power vs. Time Trending
  • Non Wi-Fi devices (active)
  • Non Wi-Fi devices (history)
  • Non Wi-Fi devices (summary)
  • Real-time FFT
  • Spectrum Density
  • Spectrogram
  • Channel Power
  • Channel Duty Cycle
  • Channel Duty Cycle vs. Time Trending
Wi-Fi Charts
  • AP list
  • AP Signal Strength
  • Channel Occupancy
  • Channels by Speed*
  • Channels by Address*
  • Channels by Media*
  • Top 10 Active APs by CRCs/Retry*
  • Top 10 APs by speed*
  • Channel SNR*
  • Channel by Errors/Retry*
  • Channel Utilization*

* Requires supported AirMagnet Wi-Fi adapter

Note: Other charts available using any Wi-Fi adapter

  • AP list
  • AP Signal Strength
  • Channel Occupancy

Note: Charts available using any Wi-Fi adapter

WLAN performance impact analysis due to RF issues

Consolidated view to allow visualization of the impact of RF interference on overall WLAN performance

  • Multiple Wi-Fi charts available for co-relation:
    • AP Signal Strength
    • Channels by Speed/Address/Media
    • Top 10 APs by CRCs/Retry
    • Channel SNR
    • Channel Errors/Retry
    • Channel Utilization
    • Channel Occupancy

Consolidated view for spectrum graphs and Wi-Fi charts

  • Multiple Wi-Fi charts available for co-relation:
    • AP list
    • AP Signal Strength
    • Channel Occupancy
ReportingYesNo
Spectrum recording, playback and instant replayYesYes
Send SNMP traps for detected interference sourcesYesNo
Remote Spectrum Analysis YesNo
Enhanced Bluetooth interferer informationYes (device ID, name, services, etc.)No
Pre-configured and Customized "easy views"

Yes

Yes

Integration with other professional Wi-Fi productsIntegrates with AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO and Survey PRONo
Real-time Remote RF Interference AnalysisYes

Note: Find Tool, Radar Detection, WiFi Data/WiFi charts and enhanced bluetooth interferer information are not available in this mode.

No
 

 

 
 
System Requirements

Laptop/Tablet PC

  • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 8®  Pro/Enterprise, Microsoft® Windows XP™ Professional (SP3), Microsoft® Windows 2003 Server, Microsoft® Windows 2008 R2 Standard Edition, Microsoft® Windows 7 Enterprise/Professional/Ultimate, Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business or Ultimate (SP2) or Tablet PC Edition 2005 (SP3)
    Note: 64 bit Operating System supported on Microsoft® Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.00 GHz or higher
  • 1 GB RAM required (2 GB recommended)
  • 150 MB free disk space
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Netbook

  • Operating Systems: Microsoft® Windows XP™ Home, Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium, Microsoft® Windows 7 Starter
  • Intel® Atom N270/1.6 GHz CPU or N470 Processor (1.83 GHz, 667MHz FSB)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
  • 1 GB of memory (2 GB recommended)

Apple® MacBook® Pro

  • Operating Systems: MAC OS X Leopard™, MAC OS X Snow Leopard™ [running Windows XP™ PRO (SP3) or Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate using Boot Camp®; Parallels Desktop® or VMware Fusion® running Windows XP PRO (SP3) or Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate]
  • Intel 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo or higher
  • 1 GB memory (2 GB recommended)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Fluke Networks OptiView® Series II/III Integrated Network Analyzer

  • Microsoft® Windows XP™ Professional (SP3)
  • Intel® Pentium® M 600 MHz
  • 512 MB memory
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
  • For additional Wi-Fi analysis, Wi-Fi CardBus adapters supported include: AirMagnet 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless PC card, Fluke Networks 802.11 a/b/g/n, or Fluke Networks 802.11 a/b/g

Fluke Networks OptiView® XG Network Analysis Tablet

  • Microsoft Windows® 7, Professional, SP1
  • Intel® Pentium® 1.2 GHz
  • 4 GB memory
  • 128 GB removable solid state drive
  • 2 internal Atheros®-based 802.11a/b/g/n adapters
  • 1 internal RF spectrum adapter
  • 3 USB ports
  • 1024 x 768 touch display
 
 
Supported Adapters

RF Spectrum Analysis (mandatory RF spectrum adapter required to run Spectrum XT; viewing RF spectrum data and classifying non Wi-Fi sources of interference)
AirMagnet Spectrum XT Adapter (USB form factor).

Antennas: An omni-directional antenna is included in the package. Users can also purchase an optional directional antenna.

Additional Wi-Fi Analysis (Optional AirMagnet-supported Wi-Fi adapter)

AirMagnet Spectrum XT offers additional Wi-Fi analysis features in addition to the spectrum features supported by the AirMagnet Spectrum USB adapter. This does NOT remove the requirement for a AirMagnet Spectrum USB adapter, without which the Spectrum XT software will not work.

AirMagnet supports two categories of wireless adapters for additional analysis:

  1. Preferred adapters: Adapters that have been comprehensively tested by AirMagnet and are recommended for use with the AirMagnet products.
  2. Limited-support adapters: Adapters that have been known to work with the product, but AirMagnet does not perform extensive testing on these adapters. AirMagnet recommends the use of adapters that have been tested and certified as mentioned in category 1.

Note: Only 802.11a/b/g/n USB Wi-Fi adapters are supported on 64-bit OS PCs on Microsoft® Windows 7 for additional Wi-Fi analysis.

 
Wireless Adapters:
 
 
Optional:
 
Additional Bluetooth Analysis

AirMagnet Spectrum XT offers enhanced Bluetooth interferer information using an optional Windows-compatible Bluetooth adapter. The enhanced information includes details on the name, ID, services, etc. for Bluetooth devices.

Users can either use the Bluetooth adapter that is built into their PC or can use an external adapter. One such Bluetooth adapter is the IOGEAR GBU421 Bluetooth Adapter that has been tested by AirMagnet.

Note: It is recommended that users always use the Microsoft driver for Bluetooth devices instead of the vendor-supplied driver. This driver is built into Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7 Operating Systems. Please refer to Microsoft's website for obtaining drivers for other Operating Systems.

 
 
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On-demand Webinars
In this on- demand webinar, Trent Cutler talks about “non-disruptive” methods to solve interference problems in your WLAN network using a portable spectrum analysis tool.
 
Topics include: Types of interference sources that wreak havoc on a Wi-Fi network; Spectrum analysis techniques used to detect and remediate the root causes of interference; Demonstration of the creation of custom signatures for interference sources that are unique to your environment.
 
This webinar is presented by industry expert Keith Parsons. Keith will share the baseline concepts you need to know about RF and wireless networks and highlight information that you should find useful the next time you're troubleshooting your network.