AirMapper App for Android measures Wi-Fi coverage and performance

Fluke Networks announced the AirMapper App, the first application for Android that provides a visual heat map of actual Wi-Fi throughput performance on smartphone and tablet devices.

While existing solutions can map speed and signal strength or perform throughput spot checks, the AirMapper App is the first to provide a visual throughput map, which is key to optimizing Wi-Fi networks by taking the actual user experience of mobile devices into account.

“Full bars do not mean a mobile device is working properly on the network, and given the explosive growth of BYOD, our customers have been clamoring for solutions that help ensure smart devices are working properly on enterprise Wi-Fi networks,” said Chia-Chee Kuan, VP of the Fluke Networks WLAN business unit. “Making it possible to see and optimize the actual throughput performance of Wi-Fi networks for smart devices is absolutely this product’s sweet spot for our customers.”

In addition to providing a heat map of actual throughput of smart devices, the AirMapper App also provides details of the Wi-Fi network, including AP channel, signal and security properties, helping ensure the delivery of critical business applications.

Users also have the ability to locate any AP on a floor map, and add text, photo, audio or video annotations during the site survey. The App allows the export of the site survey projects to AirMagnet Survey PRO via email, Dropbox, Evernote, Bluetooth and more, for streamlined information sharing and advanced analysis and reporting.

Despite the growth of BYOD, a recent Fluke Networks market research study shows many organizations are not yet ready to address performance challenges with mobile devices in the workplace. Nearly 82 percent of organizations allow employees to use personal mobile devices on the WLAN. However, 51 percent are concerned with how BYOD will affect bandwidth consumption.

Yet, less than half of these organizations are planning to redesign their wireless networks to meet the new performance expectation associated with mobile devices,3 despite 42 percent of end users being concerned with slow connections.

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