To identify potential sources of interference and jamming that could affect network reliability
Aruba Networks, a provider of enterprise network offerings, has released a new spectrum analysis module that identifies potential sources of interference and jamming that could affect network reliability, and can be enabled post-installation on any access point.
The software-based RF spectrum analyser works with all Aruba AP-105 and AP-120 series 802.11n access points with no new hardware required. An intuitive user interface makes quick work of configuring, reviewing, and recording spectrum data, the company said.
Aruba claims that the new spectrum analyser keeps networks and multimedia applications running in top form by isolating RF problems in real-time. With a checkbox entry on the controller, the spectrum analyser is enabled on any local or remote 802.11n access point in the network.
The new spectrum analyser can scan 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands and report on channel performance and interference sources. The analyser also includes new capabilities such as interference charts, channel quality, and spectrum recording and playback, the company said.
Keerti Melkote, chief technology officer of Aruba, said: “Coupling spectrum analysis with Aruba’s best-in-class density, quality-of-service (QoS), and airtime fairness gives users complete control of the air. It also leapfrogs traditional and single-channel wireless LAN architectures, which are susceptible to interference yet blind to its sources.
“Looking forward, our spectrum analyser could be used with a heuristics knowledge base to completely automate RF interference detection and mitigation.”