Fully Addresses WLAN Deployment, Environment, Auditing, and Optimization.
There’s quite a bit of software out there to help you accomplish your WLAN management tasks. They range from inexpensive (or free) to very pricey. So, how can you find the one that best meets your requirements? Easy: start with the one that fully addresses WLAN Deployment, Environment, Auditing, and Optimization. That should cover all of your bases, whether they need to be addressed now or in the future. For purposes of comparing features, we’ll look at the only one available on the market that does a good job at all of these tasks – WiTuners. You can then evaluate what tools you already have or are thinking about using and do an apples-to-apples tradeoff.
Deployment tools abound. Sure, they’re necessary, but they are primarily aimed at the need to estimate the amount of coverage, make preliminary frequency assignments, and configure the specified APs into your network. After the WLAN is in operation, the requirements become much more complex. Deployment tools still keep the APs in a nominal state of operation and the NMS monitoring can advise of bottlenecks and anomalous operation, but neither type of management tool is capable of truly optimizing the WLAN to be all that it’s capable of being. To add another dimension to the problem of suboptimal operation, the traffic demands on a WLAN are almost always dynamic and as such, the illusive state of optimum operation becomes a moving target in time.