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WiFi is everywhere
With the number of WiFi clients outpacing wired workstations, it is becoming a real challenge for network engineers and administrators to assure good performance and quality of service to wireless users. The problem exists across the board, but it is even bigger for enterprise environments like higher education, healthcare, or large public venues, like stadiums or shopping malls. As result, performance degradation of a WiFi network has a serious impact on business and mission critical operations.
WiFi users demand the same performance as wired ones
Compared to traditional wired networks, a wireless infrastructure has more moving parts that can impact the end user experience. When a performance issue affects the end-users, the engineer has to quickly understand what the problem is. However, how is it possible to tell if WiFi users are getting good performance?
With NetBeez, network engineers can rely on dedicated devices (WiFi beez) that simulate end-users on the network and get real-time performance data.
The data from the NetBeez WiFi agent complements metrics from the wireless infrastructure with signal strength, noise level, and TX/RX traffic from wireless clients. This data will help determine the quality of the services offered to WiFi users, capturing the end-user experience. On the NetBeez dashboard the network engineer can review network analytics like:
- Transmitted and received bits on the wireless interface
- Signal strength and quality as detected by the wireless NIC
- Associated channel number and BSSID
- Bit rate established with the access point
- Internet Speedtest
- Voice-over-IP Quality
Benefits of monitoring the wireless from the client’s perspective
To summarize, wireless networks require proper tools to be well managed and deliver service quality to its users. Monitoring the network from the end-user perspective means:
- Review historical and real-time performance data from multiple areas of the network
- Verify wireless service availability from the client perspective
- Test SSID association
- Test BSSID, channel, and frequency
- Discover local broadcasting wireless networks
Do you want to learn more?
Read more about wireless monitoring
If you want to learn more read the paper on wireless monitoring from the client’s perspective as well as the following articles:
1: WiFi Monitoring Survey in Higher Education [ NetBeez blog post ]
2: Monitoring Wireless Networks from the Client’s Perspective [ NetBeez blog post ]
3: InteropNet Live: Behind the scenes with NetBeez [ InformationWeek ]
4: Four use cases for WiFi end user monitoring [ Packet Pushers ]
6: Sensor-based WiFi monitoring [ NetBeez blog post ]