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 –

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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 important aspects when trying to understand network congestion or packet shaping is the effect of microbursts on the network. In some environments packetshaping can occur on a sub second basis, thus microbursts can trigger this oversubscription leading to dropped packets.

To analyse a link or network, tools with this feature is required. NETSCOUT's Network Time Machine does an excellent job at this.

Using Bluelight Throughput Test Mode testing the maximum available network bandwidth between any two points across the network is easy and intuitive .

The typical test setup is as follows.



Netscout's Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions Broadens Support For 802.11ac

With Wi-Fi rapidly becoming the preferred access technology among enterprises, consumers and IT teams, portable tools that analyze and troubleshoot both wired and wireless networks are becoming indispensable.

EVERETT, Wash. – October 20, 2015 – As more organisations embrace mobile computing and consumers increasingly rely on mobile devices to manage their always-on, hyper-connected world, Wi-Fi networks are quickly becoming the backbone for delivering an optimal user experience. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, wired devices will account for just 33 percent of IP traffic by 2019, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 66 percent1 . Recognising the interdependency of wired and wireless networks, Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions, a business unit of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is rolling out new 802.11ac functionality in two of its most popular portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools, the OptiView® XG Network Analysis Tablet and the OneTouch™ AT Generation 2 Network Assistant.

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.


Great demonstration from Dan Klimke and Zack Belcher from Fluke Networks demo to a live audience the features and benefits of both TruView and OptiView XG products.

The Adaptable Toolset for Network Connectivity Testing, Documentation and Reporting

Combining “Zero Touch” cloud reporting, testers matched to individual skill levels, simplified workflow and project management, Link-Solutions meets IT team needs at an economical price.

EVERETT, Wash. – March 10, 2015 – Fluke Networks today unveiled Link-Solutions, a combination of the industry’s most popular network testers and cloud-based reporting, which provides organisations greater flexibility and convenience in how they manage their network connectivity test results. Based on Fluke Networks’ popular LinkRunner and LinkSprinter hand-held network testers, Link-Solutions provides a cohesive way for PC and front-line technicians, field-managed IT teams, system integrators and VARs to conduct copper, fiber and Ethernet tests and then manage their test results—regardless of which testers they used—via a unified cloud-based dashboard. The company also announced the availability of the award-winning LinkSprinter outside North America for the first time.

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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.

Over the last 15 years we have worked closely with many vendors and technology solutions and this experience defines what PlexNet is today. The demands of the IT and data communications industry across the Australian and global marketplace are constantly changing and we are fully cognisant of these changes and welcome the challenges they present

With major global partners such as NETSCOUT and Spirent Communications, and well supported by a number of other partners, PlexNet has an unparalleled solution and skill set.

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