I would like to thank Fluke Networks for their participation in the Gestalt IT – Wireless Tech Field Day
Fluke Networks Presenters
Fluke Networks presented their Aircheck product. The presentation covered a slide deck, live demonstration and hands on session with AirCheck.
I was pleasantly surprised by Fluke’s AirCheck offering. I will be first to tell you, when I think of Fluke Networks, I don’t think of wireless tools (outside of AirMagnet of course). Fluke is largely known for quality wired side handheld tools.
Fluke AirCheck is a dedicated WiFi handheld analyzer. It is extremely lightweight and gives you the typical “Fluke feel”. Fluke positions the AirCheck product as an entry WiFi handheld analyzer. Fluke designed AirCheck with one thing in mind “Keep it simple”!
- Dedicated, handheld 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless network tester with instant-on technology
- Rapidly perform a wireless discovery to fully assess your current wireless security settings and network availability
- See wireless network utilization by channel and quickly determine if it is 802.11 traffic or non-802.11 interference
- Robust and in-depth WLAN connection tests - from probing to DHCP request to ping
- Quickly identify and locate wireless access points whether authorized or rogue
- Fully document your troubleshooting session thus enabling fast trouble ticket resolution or problem escalation
I was very impressed with Fluke’s AirCheck. Within seconds of turning it on, you’re analyzing a wireless network! I haven’t seen anything as fast as the Fluke AirCheck since Air Magnet’s (iPaq) version. AirCheck has a lot of cool features, which are all designed with the with the idea of ‘keeping it simple’ . So simple in fact a ‘Rocky’ could use them! (Inside joke).
What you will see on the Fluke AirCheck:
List Wireless Networks
List Access Points
Channel Usage Details
Access Control Settings
Locate Access Points
Access Point Details
List Probing Clients
You can quickly move through the menu options in real time with no delay.What you won't find on the Fluke AirCheck is packet analysis. Frankly, AirCheck wasn’t designed for that level of analysis.
Keeping it real
There is a price to be paid to have this technology in your bag and its not inexpensive. These babies retail for $1,999 dollars. There are of course less expensive WiFi analyzers. The value proposition for the Fluke AirCheck is six letters SIMPLE. Get an AirCheck in your hands and you can see the instant value for yourself.
With all things being said, AirCheck is a good product. If you are a network generalist, wired engineer or even a veteran wireless engineer looking to get an easy to use WiFi network analyzer you should consider Fluke Networks AirCheck.