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Distributed Wireless Security Monitors


We put out a call for distributed WLAN monitoring systems that are WAN-optimized for geographical and distributed operation and provide, at minimum, wire-side and wireless rogue-device detection, intrusion detection, RF interference detection, user and group traffic monitoring, and performance monitoring in the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz ranges.

Wireless Security Suite Features

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Of the 11 vendors invited, five took on the challenge. Industry veterans AirDefense and AirMagnet, newcomers AirTight Networks and Highwall Technologies, and price leader Network Chemistry all supplied gear to our three testing sites: our Syracuse University Real-World Labs® and partner labs in Iowa and Rhode Island. Among the other invitees, BlueSocket and Network Instruments said their latest offerings were not fully baked, and Cirond, Newbury Networks, Red-M and WildPackets all said their products did not meet our criteria.


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