Implementing 802.11ac – revolution or evolution?: Page 4 of 4

April 14, 2014 //By Stephane Persyn, Fluke Networks
The 802.11ac standard is due to be ratified in early 2014. This article explains what it offers and provides tips on planning implementation.
analyse and troubleshoot 802.11ac APs using currently supported 802.11n adapters. These solutions provide key metrics such as the number of 802.11n and 802.11a clients present in the network, the APs these clients are connected to and network channel utilisation by 802.11n and 802.11a clients.

The AirMagnet Planner, for example, has multi floor planning capability, enabling users to visualize coverage and performance heat maps in 2D and 3D across floors providing powerful insight into bleed over to adjacent floors.

By decoding 802.11ac management frames in real time, engineers can detect VHT capabilities of the AP and thus troubleshoot performance issues in 802.11ac networks resulting from the presence of legacy clients.

The author, Stephane Persyn is the Field Marketing Manager for wireless and network performance solutions at Fluke Networks — www.FlukeNetworks.com.

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