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AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester

Wireless troubleshooting made simple in a dedicated handheld Wi-Fi signal strength testing tool.

AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester Features:

  • Dedicated, handheld 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac* Wi-Fi network tester with instant-on technology
  • Detect and locate 802.11ac APs; validate wireless connectivity to 802.11ac infrastructure
  • One-button Wi-Fi Auto Testing Tool quickly provides a pass/fail indication of the wireless environment and identifies common wireless signal strength problems
  • See Wi-Fi network utilization by channel and quickly determine if it is 802.11 traffic or non-802.11 interference
  • Quickly identify and locate wireless access points whether authorized or rogue
  • Fully document your wireless troubleshooting and testing session enabling fast trouble ticket resolution or escalation
  • Supports law enforcement efforts to track illegal internet content (read more)

* AirCheck Wi-Fi tester can detect and locate 802.11ac wireless access points as well as validate 802.11a/b/g/n client connectivity by connecting to 802.11ac APs.

Demo The Next Generation AirCheck
 

Overview

 

Wi-Fi is a complex technology, but Wi-Fi testing doesn’t have to be. The AirCheck Wi-Fi tester allows Wi-Fi network technicians to quickly test, verify and troubleshoot 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless networks.

Designed specifically for dispatched troubleshooting, AirCheck Wi-Fi tester simplifies Wi-Fi testing by providing:

  • A one-button Wi-Fi Auto Testing Tool, which quickly tests and provides a pass/fail indication of the wireless environment and identifies common wireless signal strength problems - for any level of Wi-Fi technician's expertise
  • An instant view to required Wi-Fi test results including network availability, wireless connectivity, utilization, security settings, rogue hunting, and interference detection
  • A rugged, purpose-built Wi-Fi tester that’s easy to use and easy to carry

Its intuitive design makes it simple for anyone to quickly master AirCheck Wi-Fi tester. AirCheck Wi-Fi tester's instant power-up, automated testing, and quick access to more detailed information, lets you close trouble tickets faster – making Wi-Fi technicians and users alike more productive. This Wi-Fi testing tool allows Wi-Fi technicians to easily manage test results and documentation using AirCheck Manager software. From start to finish, AirCheck Wi-Fi tester helps take the guesswork out of everyday wireless troubleshooting.

"Used the AirCheck Wi-Fi tester around the building to test access points, network strength, and for any interference in the channels. Easy to use and worked great!"
Joe C.
Giro Industries
Westlake, OH US

Wi-Fi is a complex technology, but Wi-Fi testing doesn’t have to be. The AirCheck Wi-Fi tester allows Wi-Fi network technicians to quickly test, verify and troubleshoot 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless networks.

Designed specifically for dispatched troubleshooting, AirCheck simplifies wireless testing by providing:

  • A one-button Wi-Fi AutoTest, which quickly tests and provides a pass/fail indication of the wireless environment and identifies common wireless signal strength problems - for any level of Wi-Fi technician's expertise
  • An instant view to required Wi-Fi test results including network availability, wireless connectivity, utilization, security settings, rogue hunting, and interference detection
  • A rugged, purpose-built Wi-Fi tester that’s easy to use and easy to carry

Its intuitive design makes it simple for anyone to quickly master AirCheck Wi-Fi tester. Instant power-up, automated testing, and quick access to more detailed information, lets you close trouble tickets faster – making technicians and users alike more productive. This Wi-Fi test tool allows Wi-Fi technicians to easily manage test results and documentation using AirCheck Manager software. From start to finish, AirCheck Wi-Fi tester helps take the guesswork out of everyday wireless troubleshooting.

 

Features

What’s new in AirCheck v3.0 Wi-Fi Tester
Unit IP Configuration Options:
  • Allow users to configure IP address using DHCP or static
AutoTest Enhancements Include:
  • Separately report Channel Utilization and Co-Channel Interference for each band
  • Add PING and TCP Connect Target to AutoTest Connect Test
Display Filters Enhancements Include:
  • Can now filter on subset of SSIDs – “My SSIDs”
  • Filter results by minimum signal level threshold
AirCheck Manager Report Format Enhancements
  • AutoTest summary includes complete AutoTest results
  • Client Summary report enhancements
  • Network Summary report now supports tabular format with additional information
  • Access Point Summary report now supports tabular format with additional information
New OS support for AirCheck Manager
  • Support for Windows 8.1 OS
Easy-to-use Wireless Testing

Instant-on operation – Powers up in less than three seconds and automatically starts discovering networks, access points (APs), and channel activity.

Get answers fast – The one-button AutoTest quickly provides a pass/fail indication of the wireless environment and identifies common problems - for any level of Wi-Fi technician's expertise.

Identifies security settings for each Network and Access Point: Open, WEP, WPA, WPA2, and/or 802.1x.

Pinpoints Wi-Fi traffic and interference – Shows how much of each channel’s bandwidth is consumed by 802.11 traffic and interference, and the APs using each channel.

Finds rogue APs – Flags unauthorized APs and clients. Helps you hunt them down with the LOCATE function or find them even faster with the optional directional antenna.

Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac* All in one handheld tool.

* See 802.11ac Network Detection and Connectivity validation section
 

802.11ac Network Detection and Connectivity Validation
802.11ac Network Detection and Connectivity Validation

802.11ac is the next generation WLAN standard that promises gigabit speeds. AirCheck provides visibility into 802.11ac networks using AirCheck’s 802.11 a/b/g/n card and requires no new hardware. AirCheck can detect and locate 802.11 ac access points as well as validate 802.11 a/b/g/n client connectivity by connecting to 802.11ac APs

AutoTest

Performs essential Wi-Fi tests and a pass/fail indication of the wireless environment and identifies common problems - for any level of technician's expertise.

  • Air Quality - Checks for Wi-Fi and non Wi-Fi utilization by channel, plus co-channel interference.
  • Network Quality - Verify coverage, interference, security and ability to connect to specified networks
  • Rogue Access Points - Identify AP's not listed in the profile
  • Ad Hoc Networks – Detects ad hoc networks and flags them as potential network security risk

AutoTests are user configurable and based on the multiple profiles which can be stored in AirCheck and selected for different sites or requirements. Results may also be stored for export to AirCheck Manager. 

List Access Points

AirCheck finds configuration and coverage problems as well as rogue APs. View a list of all physical APs heard by AirCheck or clients connected to a specific AP, and the following information:
 

  • Channel
  • Signal level
  • AP name or MAC address
  • SSID name (or count of SSIDs for virtual APs)
  • Security / encryption
  • Type of network

 

List Networks

Find security issues, rogue APs and coverage problems and view a list of all wireless networks heard by AirCheck. Instantly see the following for each network:
 

  • Signal level
  • Security / encryption
  • Number of APs in network
  • SSID name
  • Type of network





 

AP Authorization Status

Quickly identify rogue APs by setting the authorization status for each AP in AirCheck or AirCheck Manager software.  Once set, this allows you to instantly verify authorized devices and determine if rogue devices are present on your network.

You may define an AP's authorization status two ways: from AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester or the AirCheck Manager software.

Locate Access Points and Clients

Quickly track down rogue (unauthorized) and other APs or clients by graphing the signal strength over time, or by using an audible indication which can be muted. 



 

 

Access Point Details

Quickly identify AP configuration problems. View the following information for each physical AP:

  • Signal / noise/ signal-to-noise ratio (current and max)
  • SSID and BSSID
  • ACL status
  • Security / encryption
  • Connected clients

 
 

Connection Tests

Verify network availability and access by connecting to a network (SSID) or specified AP using three simple steps:

  • Associate with AP
  • Request IP address from DHCP server
  • PING gateway, DHCP server and user-defined addresses
  • TCP Port connectivity

 

View the process steps on the display and store them in a log for troubleshooting. Quickly test performance and quality of the connection by using the continuous ping response, loss-rate, and connection-range features.


Channel Usage

Quickly determine if channels are overloaded due to Wi-Fi traffic (displayed in blue) or interference (displayed in gray). Verify channel-usage pattern or overlap and flag illegal use of channels.

With AirCheck, you can also detect the presence of interference. Devices that can cause interference include microwave ovens, cordless phones and headsets, BlueTooth® devices, and analog video cameras.

Channel Usage Details


 


Find overloaded channels and interference. Drill in further to see the level of Wi-Fi traffic and interference over the last 60 seconds on a selected channel, as well as the access points using this channel.

Client Details
Easily find misconfigured or failed client devices. Quickly drill into client details to see signal level, AP MAC and name, channel, SSID, type and determine the channels and frequencies on which the client is probing.




AirCheck Manager Software

AirCheck Manager software is included with AirCheck and provides two capabilities: the ability to manage AirCheck profiles and manage sessions recorded with AirCheck.


 

 
Profiles
Easily configure, manage, and control the use of your AirCheck – or an entire fleet of them – with the Profiles feature, which includes the following settings:
 

  • Network configuration settings, including IP addressing and security / encryption
  • Connectivity test settings, including target test devices
  • Password protection for all settings

 

Name and transfer multiple profiles into AirCheck, as needed for different facilities. You can also transfer profiles from AirCheck to AirCheck Manager software.

For enhanced security, profiles are password protected and settings are encrypted, both in AirCheck and AirCheck Manager software. This eliminates worry about unauthorized access to your network if your AirCheck tester is lost or stolen.

Record Session
Document what AirCheck is seeing to share or archive. Create summary or detailed reports allowing you to quickly close a trouble ticket or provide documentation for problem escalation. Press one key to record all collected details for:
 

  • AirCheck configuration
  • Access points
  • Probing clients
  • Channel usage
  • Connection details

 

Transfer sessions to a PC and easily view/store them using AirCheck Manager software.

Multiple Language Support

AirCheck fully supports multiple languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean. Multi-language support includes AirCheck user interface, getting started guide, user manual and supporting AirCheck Manager software, help files and user reports.

 

Models & Accessories

 
Models
Model Number/Name Description
AirCheck
AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester includes: AirCheck tester with Lithium Ion battery, USB cable, soft case, and Quick Start Guide
AirCheck Gold Support:
GLD-ACK-1YS1 year of Gold Support for one AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester
GLD3-ACK-3YS3 years of Gold Support for one AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester
 
Accessories
Model Number/Name Description
WBP-LION
AirCheck Lithium Ion Replacement Battery
 

Specifications

 

Environmental Specifications  
Operating temperature and relative humidity 32ºF to 113ºF (0ºC to +45ºC)
Note: The battery will not charge if the internal temperature of the tester is above 113ºF (45ºC)
Operating relative humidity (% RH without condensation) 90% (50ºF to 95ºF; 10ºC to 35ºC)
75% (95ºF to 113ºF; 35ºC to 45ºC)
Storage temperature -4ºF to 140ºF (-20ºC to +60ºC)
Shock and vibration Random, 2 g, 5 Hz-500 Hz (Class 2) 1 m drop test
Safety EN 61010-1 2nd edition
Altitude Usage up to: 4,000 m; Storage: 12,000 m
EMC FCC Part 15 Class A, EN 61326-1
   
Certifications and compliance  
Conforms to relevant European Union directives
Listed by the Canadian Standards Association
Conforms to relevant Australian standards
Conforms to FCC Rules, Parts 15.107, 15.109
 
General  
Dimensions 3.5 in x 7.8 in x 1.9 in (8.9 cm x 19.8 cm x 4.8 cm)
Weight 14 oz (0.4 kg)
Battery Removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (18.5 Watt-hrs)
Battery life Typical operating life is 5.5 hours. Typical charge time is 3 hours.
External AC adapter/charger AC input 90-264 Vac 48-62 Hz input power DC output 15 Vdc at 1.2 amps
Display 2.8 in color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
Keypad 12-key elastomeric
LEDs 2 LEDs (transmit and link Indicators)
Host interface USB 5-pin mini-B
Wireless antenna Internal
External antenna port Input only. Reverse-polarity SMA connector.
 
Wireless  
Specification compliance IEEE 802.11a, 11b, 11g, 11n
Receive Channel Frequencies

2.4 GHz Band*
2412-2484 MHz (Channel 1 to Channel 14) 

5 GHz Band*
5170-5320 MHz, 5500-5700 MHz, 5745-5825 MHz (Channels 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 52, 56, 60, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165)

*Notes:
1. AirCheck receives on all of these frequencies in every country.
2. These are the center frequencies of the channels that AirCheck supports.

Transmit Channel Frequencies

2.4 GHz Band**
802.11b
2412-2484 MHz (Channel 1 to Channel 14)

802.11 g/n 20 MHz BW (HT20)
2412-2472 MHz (Channel 1 to Channel 13)

802.11n 40 MHz BW (HT40)
2422-2462 MHz (All legal bonded channel pair combinations) 

5GHz Band**
802.11 a /n 20 MHz BW (HT20)
5180-5320 MHz, 5500-5700 MHz, 5745-5825 MHz (Channels 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165)

802.11 n 40 MHz BW (HT40)
5190-5310, 5510-5670, 5755-5795 (All legal bonded channel pair combinations)

**Notes:
1. AirCheck transmits only on frequencies allowed in the country where it operates.
2. These are the center frequencies of the channels that AirCheck supports.

Regulatory Domain World Mode, 802.11d compliant
External Directional Antenna  
Frequencies Frequency range 2.4 GHz to 2.5 GHz and 4.9 to 5.9 GHz Minimum gain 5.0 dBi in the 2.4 GHz band and 7.0 dBi in the 5 GHz band
Connector Reverse-polarity SMA plug

 

 

AirCheck Certified Countries

AirCheck™ Wi-Fi Tester is a regulated test instrument and is approved for shipment and sale into the following countries:

 

Argentina
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bonaire
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
Haiti
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Korea
Kuwait
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Morocco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Oman
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Trinidad
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
Uruguay
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands (US)
Yemen

 

 

Gold Product Support

Gold Support for your AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester allows you to make the most of your AirCheck purchase while ensuring a higher return on your investment.  You will minimize your downtime, receive faster trouble resolution and have total access to all support resources.

What do you get with Gold Support for your AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester?

Repairs and loaner equipment - If your AirCheck should fail, we'll deliver a loaner unit via next business day delivery to keep you up and running.  We'll repair your  AirCheck and replace defective or faulty accessories at no charge, with first on bench" priority, and return it to you - all shipping paid by NETSCOUT.

Access to live 24 x 7 technical support - Extend the expertise of your staff. Gold Support includes direct, immediate telephone access to our world-class Technical Assistance Center (TAC), direct access only available to Gold Members. Our centers in Seattle, WA and Eindhoven, NL employ a full staff of highly trained technical experts that are on call, including weekends and through the night when most network changes are implemented, to answer complex troubleshooting questions helping you get the most out of your AirCheck and understand the results you are seeing.

Accessory Replacement - Some accessories are essential to your AirCheck. The normal warranty on accessories is 90 days, but parts and accessories that shipped with your AirCheck will be replaced free of charge with Gold Support once qualified as defective by our technical assistance center.

Software upgrades - Your AirCheck will never be out of date. You'll receive all software upgrades free - the only way to keep your AirCheck updated.

Unlimited access to our Knowledge Base - You'll have an open door to valuable proprietary information we've gathered from helping customers over the years. It also includes helpful technical articles written by our experts.

Member Only promotions - Your membership qualifies you for Members Only promotions and programs. This includes product discounts, access to reconditioned equipment at special prices and other incredible values.

Ensure that you are getting the most out of your AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester with Gold Support Services.

 

 

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