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NEW! Avalanche Commander v4.7.1 Released

The Smarter way to test Applications & Security

Spirent is pleased to announce Avalanche Commander v4.71 is now available for immediate download from the Spirent Customer Service Center –

Announcing the AirCheck™ G2 v1.1.1 Maintenance Release

A new maintenance release for the AirCheck G2 is now available. This is version 1.1.1, and includes some important maintenance fixes that are described in the release notes. There is also an update provided for the AirCheck G2 Manager that incorporates the same fixes.

AirCheck G2 firmware, AirCheck G2 software, and release notes for this upgrade are all now live on the website. 

Download a copy of the NEW UC&C performance management for Dummies book!

This Dummies book is your essential pocket guide for those looking to assure the availability and quality of their Unified Communications & Collaboration (UC&C) services.

NEW! Avalanche Commander v4.68 Released - The Smarter way to test Applications & Security

The AppSec business unit is pleased to announce Avalanche Commander v4.68 has been posted to the Spirent Customer Service Center –

Release type

Avalanche Commander v4.68 is a major release of Avalanche Commander providing new hardware support, improved licensing options for Avalanche Virtual and a number of critical fixes.

The v5 firmware greatly enhances the OneTouch AT’s Wi-Fi validation and troubleshooting capability. The Link-Live cloud portal that already support Link-Solutions and AirCheck G2 will replace to become the default cloud portal for test result and report repository for OneTouch AT with v5 firmware as well. Link-Live benefits field team and help-desk with ease of documentation of troubleshooting status and report generation during project validation with its folder based result management structure. It is a timely enhancement to complement the OneTouch BOGO promotion that was recently launched.

The v5 firmware is backward compatible to all OneTouch AT with G1, G2 and 10G test modules. 

New features in OneTouch v5

  • Wi-Fi interferer detection & validation enhancement
    • Non 802.11 utilization (applicable only to 1T G2 units)
    • Interferer detect/classify/locate (applicable only to 1T G2 units)
    • Multiple AP validation by location
    • Initiate Wi-Fi-& Wired NPT from inside NAT Network
    • User-configurable roaming threshold
    • Offer Bonded channel info in UI and reports
  • Transition from to cloud portal as result repository. Link-live offers the following features to OneTouch AT users:
    • Zero Touch report upload
    • AutoTest results & report in dashboard
    • Add comment and image to test result via email
    • Remote control & file management
  • Miscellaneous
    • Inline auto-detect speed/duplex
    • Optical receiver power in UI and report
    • Chart & tabular results in performance test report
    • China LAT report translation update

NETSCOUT has now released version 9.0 for the AirMagnet Survey products: AirMagnet Survey PRO, AirMagnet Survey Express, and AirMagnet Planner. In addition to being fully NETSCOUT branded, this new release is focused on feedback we’ve received from our customers on ways to make the tool more valuable and usable.

At the same time, NETSCOUT will release Spectrum XT version 3.8 and Wi-Fi Analyzer version 11.2. These releases will also include NETSCOUT branding and user enhancements.

With organisations wanting to test 802.11ac environments there are a few options avialable.

It's very easy to use an existing 802.11 a/b/g/n dongle with your AirMagnet solution but finding a fully supported 802.11ac is difficult. Addtionally the off the shelf ones at JB Hi-Fi and the likes don't support 3x3 802.11ac. So how do you test these new 3x3 installations?

Unfortunately the answer isn't that straight forward either. Technically USB3.0 operates at 5Gbps so it should be able to handle 802.11ac 3x3 speeds of 1.3Gbps. However life isn't that easy as Netscout's AirMagnet Wi-Fi Analyser and Survey Pro only work with an external ExpressCard solution - AM/C1097 pictured below. There is also a solid technical reason why.

Download this file (C1097 3x3 PCI Express Card.pdf)802.11a/b/g/n/ac ExpressCard Adapter[ ]297 kB

One of the great features of the Fluke Networks AirCheck is the amount of extremely useful graphs and instantaneous results it can provide. However once you get back to a PC and download all the results you'll notice that some of those really cool trending graphs you had whilst you were trying to understand an issue with an intermittent AP are no where to be found.

A little hidden gem of a feature is grabbing a screen shot that gets filed away in the internal memory of the AirCheck to be later copied over. See the video below of how to do this.


Is Tapping Low Optical Budget Links Making you Pull Your Hair (or the TAPs) Out?

By: Gina Fallon, VSS Product Management

If you have ever had to do split ratio calculations for passively tapping network links, you have a tendency to want to pull your hair out over the mathematical Olympics required. When you have to deal with low optical budgets, it takes the challenge even a step closer to the tipping point where there is no budget left to establish link with the network device and/or probe attached to the passive tap. The most common offenders are 10G & 40G Multimode where Cisco’s 40G Multimode BiDi (40GbaseSR2) budget is so tight it is not even recommended for passive tapping at all.

The solution is to go to active optical tapping. These taps don’t employ optical splitters (which have inherent insertion loss) and actually regenerate the optical signal on both the network and monitor transmit sides. VSS Monitoring offers vBroker Series products with PowerSafe chassis modules which also offer layer 1 Fail Open/Close state configurability if there is power loss or as a manual force Fail Open option during power on and a full range of optic technology support (10G MM, 40G MM, 40G MM BiDi, 40G SM, etc.).

Check out our full technical write up here: Tapping Low Optical Budget Links

One of the really good things about the new NTMC or Network Time Machine 'Carrier' is that it truly is a carrier grade or enterprise acceptable solution with an OS that is now more hardened via Windows Server 2008R2. Gone are the Windows 7 days....

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The company’s founders have over 36 years of combined technical and sales experience. This ensures PlexNet is more than able to meet the needs of its current and prospective clients.

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