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AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO

Anytime, Anywhere, Wireless Network Monitoring and WiFi Troubleshooting with the AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro
  • Wireless network monitor provides real-time accurate, independent and reliable Wi-Fi analysis of 802.11a/b/g/n and ac wireless networks, including 3 X 3 802.11ac wireless network analysis without missing any traffic
  • Highly portable wireless network analyzer that travels to the source of the wireless network troubleshooting problems enabling faster and accurate fault-finding without any AP downtime
  • Dedicated WiFi network monitoring and troubleshooting software solution guaranteeing any wireless network fault detection as compared to “time-slicing monitoring functionality” built inside the wireless network infrastructure
  • Wireless network monitor and WiFi troubleshooting reduces IT costs, simplifies workload and minimizes user complaints by obtaining instant answers to ANY wireless network connectivity, WiFi signal strength, wireless network performance, roaming, interference* and wireless network security issues using the AirWISE intelligence engine WiFi Monitoring Software
  • Unique wireless network monitor active toolset to isolate and troubleshoot WiFi connectivity and monitor wireless network performance issues
  • Strengthen your wireless network security by monitoring, detecting and eliminating any wireless network threats and vulnerabilities
  • Auditor-ready WiFi Security compliance reporting for multiple verticals including wireless PCI compliance, SOX, ISO and many more
  • Troubleshoot BYOD induced performance and monitor wireless network security issues

*Interference detection and analysis from both WiFi and non WiFi sources can be performed. Please refer to Complete WiFi Interference Detection & Analysis section under Features.

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AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer is the industry standard WiFi analysis and monitoring software tool for mobile monitoring, auditing and WiFi troubleshooting enterprise WiFi networks. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer helps IT staff quickly solve end-user issues while automatically detecting WiFi signal strength, security threats and wireless network vulnerabilities. The WiFi network analyzer enables wireless network managers to easily test and diagnose dozens of common wireless network performance issues including throughput issues, WiFi connectivity issues, device conflicts and signal multipath problems. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer includes a full compliance reporting engine including wireless PCI compliance, SOX, and ISO, which automatically maps collected network information to requirements for wireless network compliance with policy and industry regulations. With the latest support for 802.11ac, AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer is the industry’s most accurate 802.11ac WiFi network troubleshooting and optimization tool that never misses any WiFi traffic and helps solve problems right the first time.


"I was doing the SANS GCIA security course and the instructor let us use the NETSCOUT network wifi analyzer to gain useful insights into the presence of wifi networks and their attributes. It basically brings learning to life."
Don S.
Security Analyst
FundSERV Inc.
Toronto, ON CA

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer is the industry standard tool for mobile auditing and troubleshooting enterprise WiFi networks. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer helps IT staff quickly solve end-user issues while automatically detecting WiFi signal strength, security threats and wireless network vulnerabilities. The solution enables network managers to easily test and diagnose dozens of common wireless performance issues including throughput issues, WiFi connectivity issues, device conflicts and signal multipath problems. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer includes a full compliance reporting engine, which automatically maps collected network information to requirements for wireless network compliance with policy and industry regulations.

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer is available in “Express” and “PRO” versions. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Express provides the core building blocks of WiFi troubleshooting and WiFi security auditing with the ability to see devices, automatically identify common problems and physically locate specific devices. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO significantly extends all the capabilities found in the Express version and adds many more to provide a WiFi tool to solve virtually any type of performance, security or reporting challenge in the field.


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Never Miss Any Wi-Fi Traffic

With AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer, you have the ability to capture any Wi-Fi traffic for 802.11a/b/g/n/ac networks, including the latest 3 X 3 802.11ac traffic. With this ability you never miss any Wi-Fi traffic, which allows you to solve any Wi-Fi network troubleshooting problems right the first time without costly rework or escalations.

Built-In Wireless Expertise

The AirWISE® engine automatically detects the root cause of dozens of wireless network troubleshooting issues across the spectrum AirWISE® eliminates the need for users to manually interpret complex packet decodes and wireless data by taking the proactive role of identifying and explaining more than hundreds of threats and performance issues before they impact the Wi-Fi network. The user-friendly AirWISE® interface explains alarms in straightforward details, provides access to additional diagnostic data, and offers advice on corrective actions.


Portable Wi-Fi Troubleshooting Solution With No AP Downtime

It is important to note that all wireless network troubleshooting solutions or software tools are not the same, and it is very critical for you to solve the wireless network troubleshooting problems right the first time, irrespective of the location of the problem and more importantly with no impact to the performance of the AP infrastructure. There is a huge misconception that by using freeware apps or basic troubleshooting capabilities built inside the AP infrastructure, you can monitor and solve Wi-Fi issues that impact the security and performance of the network.

Freeware apps or the ones that cost only a few dollars, provide nothing more than a list of Wi-Fi networks and their properties, and do nothing to solve real-world problems. They do not match the capabilities of a true wireless network analyzer like AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer that can monitor and solve any troubleshooting problem in the Wi-Fi network.

Many of the AP Infrastructure solutions claim built-inside troubleshooting with partial scanning or full time scanning options. Both of these Wi-Fi network monitoring options have severe limitations on solving problems. Part time scanning methods lead to slower detection of problems in the network and could even miss the issue altogether. With full time scanning, you are limited by taking the AP away from its core purpose, which is providing data services, for dedicated scanning or sniffing. Moreover, the APs are fixed on the ceiling and cannot travel to the location of the problem. With AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer, all of these limitations are enabled with full-featured dedicated on-site Wi-Fi troubleshooting with zero AP downtime.

Instant Alerts to WLAN Security and Performance Issues

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer automatically detects and alerts the user to dozens of wireless intrusions, penetration attempts and Wi-Fi hacking strategies including rogue devices, “stumbler tools”, devices sending unencrypted data and a host of potentially damaging wireless security configurations. These proactive measures enable IT to take corrective action before a problem occurs. The AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO version additionally detects sophisticated wireless attacks against the network. The AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Find tool locks onto rogue or policy violating APs or stations and guides the user to their physical location.

Even the most secure wireless network will fail to meet its objectives if it does not reliably meet the demands of network users. Furthermore, certain Wi-Fi network performance issues can escalate and open up the network to unknown risks. For this reason, AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer includes over 50 alerts to identify an entire range of performance issues including traffic patterns, bandwidth utilization, device configuration issues and infrastructure or hardware failures or resets.


Wireless Network Health Summary

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer provides users with the complete inventory of the devices, including APs, clients and smart devices that are operating in the environment. For each device, users are powered with detailed configuration information and traffic statistics for each device. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer also includes a dashboard that provides a live snapshot into the overall health of the wireless network and helps users focus on top issues that need immediate attention to ensure maximized wireless network security and performance. Users are powered with a variety of charts, including ones for channel utilization, top talkers in the network, wireless network interference levels, mis-matched configurations, overloaded APs, security and performance problems, etc. Users can drill down for deeper investigation into WLAN statistics for every device, channel and wireless frame. It helps users focus on things that matter to them, before digging into the application for advanced analysis. This helps save a lot of time and effort for the user as they troubleshoot any issues in the network.


Wireless Network Troubleshooting

Along with the unique capability of providing instant answers with AirWISE, AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer users are provided with in-depth frame statistics for every channel and device operating in the spectrum. With the channel utilization and throughput trending graphs, users can troubleshoot many of the issues that lower the overall performance of the wireless network. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer users can view trending graphs for signal strength, noise, frames, errors, retries, bandwidth and many more for every wireless network channel and device. These valuable network monitoring graphs provide critical pointers to troubleshooting issues that are influencing the wireless network performance. For example, graphs for packet retry and error rates reveal areas where wireless network communications are failing. On AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer’s Decode Screen, users can view and analyze a list of real-time packets including 3X3 802.11n and 3X3 802.11ac packets, and also includes support for monitoring upper-layer protocols. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer gives users the option to apply a filter in order to isolate particular packets of interest, based on a specific channel, SSID, node, IP address, or type of frame WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK encrypted packets can be decrypted. With the multi-adapter support in AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO, users can monitor multiple channels simultaneously using individual adapters inserted into the same PC.

WLAN Client Roaming Analysis

One of the core benefits of wireless technology is to provide mobility for users, and in a typical environment it is expected that the client devices will roam across APs and at times network boundaries. Ensuring a smooth roam, without any dropped calls or sessions and in a way that is not noticeable to the user is key for any deployment. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO leverages support for multiple WLAN adapters plugged into the computer to troubleshoot client roaming problems – one of IT staff’s most commonly reported problems for WLAN networks.

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer provides advanced details on all roaming transactions for any WLAN client including stations, phones, and handheld scanners. Users are powered with AirWISE® expertise to get detailed reasons for the roaming event taking place, device and channel parameters that influence the roam, and visibility into whether the roam was good or not.

For VoWLAN phones, users can monitor voice delays and other statistics as the phone roams from one AP to another in the middle of a conversation. The application provides VoFi-specific data (such as WiMOS, Signal Strength, etc.) leading up to the attempt, and packet transmission rates for the conversation.

With this root cause analysis on roaming problems, users can minimize the likelihood of any roaming problems recurring in the WLAN network, thus improving user satisfaction and improving user/network performance for mission critical applications.

Active Wi-Fi Troubleshooting Tools to solve user complaints

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO is the industry’s only wireless network analyzer that includes a suite of active Wi-Fi troubleshooting tools to quickly pinpoint and solve wireless network troubleshooting problems. This includes users not being able to connect to the network, users experiencing slower connections to the network or WLAN applications, 802.11n and 802.11ac mis-configurations, traffic/infrastructure overloads, hardware failures, roaming problems, multipath interference problems and more. With these Wi-Fi troubleshooting tools available at the user’s fingertips, they can solve any kind of problem that are impacting the network performance. These Wi-Fi troubleshooting tools include:

  • Device Locator: Geiger-Counter tool that helps physically locate any unauthorized or policy violating device.
  • Connection test: single-click end-to-end network connectivity (DHCP, ping, trace) and application performance (HTTP, FTP, Audio, Video) measurement tool.
  • Signal Distribution tool: detect any multipath issues in the network.
  • Roaming tool: measures roaming times for clients between Aps.
  • Performance/Iperf tool: measures uplink and downlink throughput performance of the network.
  • 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput calculator tool: compare vendor AP performance based on specifications and capabilities of those devices.
  • 802.11n and 802.11ac efficiency and analysis tool: analyzes conversations between APs and stations, and indicates if the network is using 802.11ac and 802.11n to its full potential using simple color legends.
  • 802.11n and 802.11ac throughput simulator tool: calculates the network throughput, utilization and the overhead under user-specified conditions by simulating the existing infrastructure or simulating the addition of new APs or stations in the network.

Complete Wi-Fi Interference Detection & Wi-Fi Analysis

Interference is one of the leading cause for poor connectivity and performance problems in the network. This interference can be from other Wi-Fi devices due to poor channel planning (adjacent or co-channel interference) or could be from non-Wi-Fi interference sources. Wi-Fi interference occurs due to co-channel/adjacent channel interference from the corporate or neighbor’s WLAN, hidden nodes in the environment or non Wi-Fi devices operating in the 802.11 band. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer’s interference status indicator lists the overall interference status for each Wi-Fi channel, calculated based on the Wi-Fi interference score for the devices contributing to the interference; a list of hidden nodes and non-Wi-Fi devices (non- Wi-Fi detection requires AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO and RF spectrum analyzers installed on the same machine) operating in the channel. This enables users to easily plan future Wi-Fi deployments or modify their existing deployment to minimize interference and in turn improve network performance.

Integrated Reporting

AirMagnet-WiFi Analyzer PRO’s integrated reporter makes it easy to turn Wi-Fi analysis sessions into professional customized Wi-Fi network monitoring reports. Choose from a library of pre-built reports or generate targeted reports by selecting specific items of interest from the user interface. Wi-Fi network monitoring reports cover all areas of management including RF statistics, channel reports, device reports, security/performance issue reports and auditor-ready compliance reports for a variety of regulatory standards including HIPAA, PCI, SOX, DoD 8100.2, FISMA and many more. For the compliance reports, you are powered with a step-by-step pass/fail assessment of each section of the standard, along with details on the devices that are in/out of compliance.

BYOD Classification

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO instantly detects and classifies smart phones and tablets that connect to the network. This capability allows IT professionals to authorize these devices, quickly troubleshoot and resolve issues caused by these devices as well as determine performance and security impact to the WLAN network. For example, user can very quickly see rogue smart devices that connect to the network, and determine whether a specific smart device is consuming a lot of bandwidth by accessing the Top Talkers graph in the dashboard.

802.11ac Analysis and Troubleshooting

802.11ac is the next generation wireless network standard that promises gigabit speeds, but with this great promise comes a lot of challenges that the users are expected to deal with AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer, network engineers are equipped with the critical data needed to quickly solve end-user issues and prevent costly rework and escalations. AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer is the industry’s only wireless network analyzer that does not miss any 802.11ac traffic with full 3 X 3 support and can solve any problems on the 802.11ac network. More importantly all of this is done with full time scanning and by traveling to the location of the problem for more effective troubleshooting with zero AP downtime (no need to take the AP offline for monitoring and troubleshooting) as compared to reusing the AP for the purpose or other tools that rely on fixed APs for troubleshooting. It also plays a critical role in helping users optimize the migration path from legacy technologies to this new standard with its unique 802.11ac toolkit to give clear direction and details on how to leverage new 802.11ac options to maximize throughput and performance. This 802.11ac analysis and troubleshooting toolkit includes:

  • 802.11ac throughput calculator tool: Compare vendor AP performance based on specifications and capabilities of those devices.
  • 802.11ac efficiency and analysis tool: Analyzes conversations between APs and Stations, and indicates if the network is using 802.11ac and 802.11n to its full potential using simple color legends and helps pinpoint performance problems.
  • 802.11ac throughput simulator tool: calculates the network throughput, utilization and the overhead under user-specified conditions by simulating the existing infrastructure or simulating the addition of new APs or stations in the network.


Models & Accessories

Model Number/Name Description
AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO
AM/A1150 Gold Support:
AM/A1150-1YS1 year of Gold Support for AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro - AM/A1150
AM/A1150-3YS3 years of Gold Support for AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Pro - AM/A1150
AirMagnet Spectrum XT (optional)
AM/B4070 Gold Support:
AM/B4070-1YS1 year of Gold Support for AirMagnet Spectrum XG - AM/B4070 (USB based)
AM/B4070-3YS3 years of Gold Support for AirMagnet Spectrum XG - AM/B4070 (USB based)
AirMagnet Multi-adapter kit for WiFi Analyzer (different versions available depending on regulatory domain)
NETSCOUT D1080 802.11A/B/G/N/AC USB Adapter (different versions available depending on regulatory domain).  Click HERE
Model Number/Name Description
AirMagnet WLAN Design & Analysis Suite Bundle (Survey Pro/Planner, WiFi Analyzer Pro and Spectrum XT)

AirMagnet WLAN Design & Analysis Suite Bundle with Multi Adapter Kit (Survey Pro/Planner, WiFi Analyzer Pro and Spectrum XT + 3 NETSCOUT 11ac USB adapters) Available in US & Canada only.


AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer and Survey Pro/Planner




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Data Sheets

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AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Datasheet
Datasheet: NETSCOUT 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 3x3:2 USB Adapter


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White Papers

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802.11ac Migration White Paper
802.11ac Migration White Paper
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Bringing BYODs into the fold
Employees want to bring their own Wi-Fi enabled smart devices into the workplace, and businesses have much to gain by embracing the BYOD trend.
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BYOD Analysis using AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer
BYOD Analysis using AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer
BYOD: Meeting the Network Challenge
This white paper explores the in-depth security challenges, regulatory changes, network stresses, device management, signal interference, new work cultures, and more, and explains why it is essential that IT professionals lead digital transformation from the front.
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Five Common Wi-Fi Problems (With Simple Solutions!)
This paper looks at solutions to Wi-Fi problems a different way. The goal here is to keep solutions simple. Each and every problem listed in this paper has a simple solution. What's more, all of the problems are common, and all of the solutions are in WLAN infrastructure settings.
Implementing 802.11ac – Revolution Or Evolution?
The increasing demand for wireless bandwidth and growth of BYOD are driving the development of new standards to increase capacity and throughput and address congestion.
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3 Wi-Fi Pain Points and How to Avoid Them
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Determining the Cause of a High Retry Percentage
The Top 8 Things Your Wi-Fi Test Application Is Not Telling You
In this whitepaper you will learn the top 8 things that your Wi-Fi test application is not telling you, What they are and why they're important
Unconnected Chatty Devices
White Paper: The Case for Portable Wi-Fi Analysis
Wi-Fi Troubleshooting Connection Problems
Learn more about identifying and troubleshooting connection issues on the Wi-Fi network, to ensure top performance.
WiFi Troubleshooting: Slow Speeds
Learn how to quickly and effectively troubleshoot “Slow Speeds” that will vastly improve Wi-Fi performance.


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Case Studies

Houston Methodist Hospital Case Study

See how Houston Methodist Hospital uses NETSCOUT’s AirMagnet wireless tools to keep their critical WiFi network running at top performance.

For Houston Methodist Hospital, providing reliable Wi-Fi is crucial. With over 6 million square feet including 6 remote sites, providing top level performance with a diverse set of client devices – from voice, to video to data – is a top priority for the organization.Before using the AirMagnet wireless tools, conducting a site survey for the network engineering team was a very labor intensive process.

Houston Methodist Hospital uses NETSCOUT wireless tools to ensure accurate planning, deployment & verification, and troubleshooting of the wireless network. With these tools, the old labor intensive process is a thing of the past and done automatically by the products.With the proper tools and training in place, the network engineering team at Houston Methodist is able to deliver top performing WiFi to the hospital’s physicians, nurses, patience and guests.

"If you're a wireless engineer, you have to have a very reliable tool set, and the NETSCOUT suite brings that to the wireless engineer." -George Stefanick, Wireless Architect, Houston Methodist Hospital


Love's Travel Stops Case Study

NETSCOUT Helps Love’s Travel Stops Deliver Clean Places and Friendly Faces at 300+ Retail Locations Nationwide

Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores is a family-owned chain of more than 330 truck stops and convenience stores across 39 states. The company’s principle of "Clean Places, Friendly Faces" guides its growth and has positioned Love's at the forefront of the travel center and convenience store industry. With more than 10,000 employees nationwide, any network performance hiccup can impact the point of sale process, from the checkout counter to Love's advanced freight and truck services. The result affects worker productivity, as well as the overall customer experience, jeopardizing Love’s goal of serving the nation’s drivers with superior service and innovation.

Love's Travel Stops now uses AirMagnet Survey Pro to plan wireless network access points. The company also uses AirMagnet Spectrum XT during both planning and after installation to scan for interference. And after installation, Love's uses AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer to identify and troubleshoot performance issues beyond interference. The result helps the Love’s network team deploy wireless access points intelligently and battle outside interference from a wide range of devices—even the occasional gaming console and WiFi jammer.

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Trusted Network Solutions Case Study AM WiFi Analyzer

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Provides Troubleshooting Solution, Accurate Reporting and Increased Clients for Network Consulting Firm

Trusted Network Solutions is a network and services consulting firm in Salt Lake City, Utah, servicing hundreds of clients in a variety of fields including government, healthcare, education and small business. Their clients’ productivity is highly dependent on well functioning networking systems that address a widely varying spectrum of wireless needs. With a small team and several large-scale customers, Trusted Network Solutions needed an accurate, time-efficient way to diagnose issues, suggest solutions and gain new clientele.

NETSCOUT’ AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer allowed Trusted Network Solutions’ team of engineers to quickly survey customer environments, identify any issues or rogue connectivity threats, and then devise a plan to either repair the broken parts of current systems, or analyze a better solution. Because of the instant reporting system, technicians were able to assess the environment in real time, with the client if needed. The more detailed reports and easy-to-understand data was useful in justifying new solution costs to hesitant customers.

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System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements:

The installation and operation of AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer (software-only) requires separate hardware with one of the following minimum system requirements below.


Supported Adapters

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Adapter Check Utility

AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer Adapter Check Utility is intended to provide you with an easy way to verify whether your current OS, adapter(s) and driver(s) combination is supported by AirMagnet software. Utility also provides links to information about supported OS, adapters and AirMagnet drivers.


Before running the utility, please make sure you have all the drivers and WiFi cards installed and functioning correctly.

Download Utility

AirMagnet supports the following wireless adapters:
  1. Preferred adapters: Adapters that have been comprehensively tested by AirMagnet and are recommended for use with the AirMagnet products.
Note: Authentications supported by various adapters could be limited by their own capabilities, Windows wireless zero configurations and various other reasons. Click on "More details" for each adapter to get detailed information on the supported features and authentications. Preferred Adapters

On-demand Webinars

Enterprise Wi-Fi deployments are growing and changing at a rapid pace.  Unfortunately growth and change have a third sibling: problems. Hear Ben Miller discuss the tools and processes required to optimize your predictive models for maximum accuracy.
The 2.4GHz ISM band has been the foundation of Wireless LAN technology for some time. Phenomena like BYOD and IoT are many to move to 5GHz bands for an improved user experience. Join this webinar to hear the benefits and challenges.
Join this session to hear WiFi expert Devin Akin address the common Wi-Fi problems and offer up diagnoses and troubleshooting tips.
Migration to 802.11ac is about using optimal design techniques and network validation that achieve maximum performance and ROI. Join Devin in this live webinar to get best practices for the migration of your enterprise Wi-Fi network.

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