AirMagnet Spectrum ES™ – Carrier and Spectrum Analyzer for Cellular Deployments Including DAS Wireless and Small Cells | NETSCOUT

AirMagnet Spectrum ES™

Portable and affordable, professional-grade RF spectrum analyzer speeds cellular deployments (including DAS and Small Cells)
  • Portability for rapid deployment with a USB-based spectrum adapter that can be used with any Windows based laptop or tablet
  • Lightweight and mobile solution, so there are no more backaches or tired arms when deploying or verifying hundreds of DAS or small cells a day
  • Support for multiple technologies: GSM, CDMA, UMTS and LTE. Scans frequencies between 698 MHz and 2690 MHz
  • Easy on the budget, allowing organization-wide deployment of the tool to accelerate execution of deployment and troubleshooting projects
  • Get the job done right the first time and prevent costly rework by driving to root cause of network performance issues with zero-day Interference Intelligence to identify, classify and locate any interference source
  • Intuitive user flow for verification and troubleshooting, thus lowering the learning curve and accelerating the project
  • Automated location-specific wireless carrier and technology lookups to eliminate traditional error-prone and slow manual frequency scanning methods
  • Detection of cellular data/voice events and duty cycle to highlight the utilization in the cellular bands

Includes support for multiple technologies: GSM, CDMA, UMTS and LTE. Scans frequencies between 698 MHz and 2690 MHz (with support for 2G/3G/4G).

Note: 1st year Gold support is required and must be purchased separately.

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AirMagnet Spectrum ES is a portable and affordable, professional-grade RF spectrum analyzer that speeds in-building cellular deployments (including DAS and Small Cells). Rich spectrum graphs with next generation visualization and enhanced in-field productivity features provide intuitive network visibility needed to validate and troubleshoot at every project stage. Scans frequencies between 698 MHz & 2690 MHz (supports 2G/3G/4G).

AirMagnet Spectrum ES includes the industry’s first automated classification and location of RF interference sources, automated location-specific wireless carrier and technology spectrum scan setup which is needed to verify and troubleshoot at every stage of the project lifecycle. These features help ensure offload deployment and troubleshooting are done quickly and correctly.



Rich Spectrum Graphs

AirMagnet Spectrum ES’ FFT graphs provide a real-time view into the RF energy in the environment with current, max, max-hold and average RF signal levels.

Visualize the Telco carriers that are operating in each frequency range with the carrier overlay. This quick overlay overcomes traditional spectrum analyzer challenges of quickly and accurately recognizing the frequencies used by the carriers at a particular location.

Spectrum Density
The Spectrum Density Graph provides a longer-term view into the network by displaying live information on the signals that are common during the current capture session. This is helpful to identify infrequent transmitters.

The Spectrogram graph provides a scrolling history of the RF environment and allows a visual understanding of the spectrum over time to see intermittent spikes or bursts of RF energy that may be causing network problems.

Frequency Duty Cycle
The Duty Cycle graph displays how often an interfering signal is present in a particular frequency range. A high duty cycle could mean an interferer is constantly transmitting and will most certainly cause problems in that frequency range.

Automatic Identification and Location of Interference Sources

AirMagnet Spectrum ES offers the industry’s only real-time detection and identification of interference sources that lower the performance of these licensed networks. Powered by a default classification database that can automatically detect and classify interference sources such as RF jammers and CW transmitters, users are provided detailed information about the interference source, the frequencies it impacts, peak/average power levels and the status of the source.

With AirMagnet Spectrum ES’s built-in “device locator tool”, users can physically locate any interference source operating in the RF environment. The device locator tool operates as a Geiger counter and beeps louder as users get closer to the location of the device.

Automated Scan Frequency Sorting and Selection

AirMagnet Spectrum ES provides multiple options for the user to visualize the spectrum, including:

  • Sort by technology
  • Sort by carrier
  • Custom range
  • Scan all bands

AirMagnet Spectrum ES automates frequency/technology lookup for carriers worldwide. Reducing the need to look up correct frequency ranges for each location helps eliminate error-prone paper-pen methods. AirMagnet Spectrum ES automatically obtains location-based frequency/technology information from the FCC database for US carriers and includes built-in frequency information for 30+ countries worldwide. An all-bands option may be used if a country is not supported in the list or a custom frequency is desired.

Antenna Performance Verification using the Power Meter Tool

One of the most important tests conducted for a DAS network, is the verification of the antenna performance, i.e. if the antenna is working as expected or not. There are two methods: 1) performing a one-meter RF test and measuring the power of each antenna from the FFT graph by standing below the antenna or 2) using a power meter tool. Users can physically connect the AirMagnet Spectrum ES adapter directly* to an antenna system and then use the built-in Power Meter Tool to perform the power measurements for the antennas. Users specify the frequency range and channel bandwidth options, and then quickly measure the power readings (current, max or max-hold) for the antennas.

Capture, Save and Share Spectrum Trace Files

AirMagnet Spectrum ES users can save their RF spectrum scans, retain them as hard evidence and play them back at a later time for post-capture investigation and analysis. This is very helpful as critical forensic information while investigating or troubleshooting. These saved traces can also be shared across the organization for escalations and collaborative troubleshooting.

Data/Voice events

Visualize the occurrence of GSM, CDMA, W-CDMA and LTE events as they occur in the networks.

AirMagnet Spectrum ES as a Security Tool

AirMagnet Spectrum ES can be used in specialized applications and situations where security concerns are critical to the user. If the organization or any federal/military agency implements a “no-fly zone” for cellular access or has the need to detecting cellular devices that may be used for a wrongful purpose, AirMagnet Spectrum ES alerts the user to the presence of a data/voice event originating from a mobile device in the spectrum, and provides rich spectrum graphs that allow users to visualize the power for all of the uplink traffic from a mobile device.

Support for Non-Cellular Technologies

As AirMagnet Spectrum ES can also operate as a general purpose spectrum analyzer, users can use the custom frequency profile option to select any frequency range between 698 MHz to 2690 MHz to scan RF energy for their specialized applications. This includes support for the 900 MHz band, which includes the ISM and other Federal bands to assist users that deploy or use technologies operating in that spectrum. Some common technologies/applications available in that spectrum include Cordless phones, baby monitors, Power Grid, Z-wave (Home automation), etc.


Models & Accessories

Model Number/Name Description
AirMagnet Spectrum ES for in-building cellular analysis includes software, USB adapter, USB extension cable and external antenna
AM/A6001 Gold Support:
GLD-S6001-1YS1 YR MAINT for AirMagnet Spectrum ES (AM/A6001)
GLD-S6001G-1YS1 YR MAINT for AirMagnet Spectrum ES (AM/A6001)
GLD-S6001-3Y-G3 YR MAINT for AirMagnet Spectrum ES (AM/A6001)


Technical Specifications
Frequency Range698 MHz to 2690 MHz
Sampling Frequency20 MHz
Real-time acquisition bandwidth7 MHz (3 dB)
Resolution Bandwidth39.0625 KHz
Receive SensitivityGSM 200 khZ: -114 dBm
CDMA 1.25 MHz: -110 dBm
UMTS 5 MHz: -105 dBm
LTE 1.4 MHz: -110 dBm
LTE 3 MHz: -102 dBm
LTE 5 MHz: -101 dBm
LTE 10 MHz: -97 dBm
LTE 15 MHz: -95 dBm
LTE 20 MHz: -93 dBm
Image SuppressionMin: -29 dBc; Max: -40 dBc
Max RF input without compression-15 dBm
RSSI accuracy+/- 3 dB
Display Average Noise Level (DANL)698 - 1,2240 MHz: Typical -169 dBm
1,240 - 2,690 MHz: Typical -171 dBm
PC InterfaceUSB 2.0 Standards-Compliant Interface
ElectricalPower: 5V from USB ; current: 382 mA; consumption: 1910 mW
Mechanical.3” x 2.3” x 0.6” (134.5mm x 58.1mm x 15.4mm); Weight: 1.5oz
EnvironmentalOperating Temperature Range 0°C to +70°C
Storage Temperature Range -20°C to +85°C
Relative Humidity 95% non-condensing
Antenna Specifications
Frequency range698 MHz to 960 MHz, 1575.42 MHz, 1710 MHz to 2700 MHz
Technologies supportedGSM / GPRS/ EDGE / CDMA / EVDO/ UMTS /HSPA+ / LTE
Peak GainTypical 3+ dBi
EfficiencyTypical 70%
Impedance50 Ω
Radiation PatternOmni
Input Power10 W
CasingUV Resistant, PC/ABS
ConnectorSMA Male




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Case Studies

Major Wireless Network Infrastructure Provider AirMagnet Spectrum ES Case Study

AirMagnet Spectrum ES™ Eliminates Inefficient Tiered Technical Support for a Major Wireless Network Infrastructure Provider

Mobile subscribers have a growing appetite for applications and video, demanding access to data at any time in any place – and all the time in every place. Coverage lapses are often met with irritation from traditionally fickle subscribers, and interference on the cellular tower is the first suspect. As a result, carriers immediately turn to tower owners whenever coverage lapses occur. To prevent interference on multi-carrier cellular towers, tower owners must conduct ongoing inspections that leverage the latest network testing technologies, backed by a 24/7 network operations center (NOC).

One of the nation’s largest independent tower owners and operators has tens of thousands of towers in most of the top 100 U.S. markets. The cellular tower company found a solution with AirMagnet Spectrum ES from NETSCOUT. With the AirMagnet Spectrum ES, the cellular tower company’s technicians can quickly visualize carrier and technology overlays to identify and diagnose interference. The product saves time and reduces errors with location-specific automated carrier and technology look-up, instant detection of voice/data events, and zero-day interference intelligence.

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System Requirements

Laptop/Notebook PC

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise/Professional/Ultimate 32- and 64-bit or Microsoft Windows 8 Pro/Enterprise 32- and 64-bit.
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.00 GHz or higher.
  • 1 GB RAM required 2 GB recommended.
  • 150 MB of available hard drive space.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0

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