Metuchen, New JerseyIf you’re working IEEE-802.11 Wi-Fi systems, check out this new nomadic tester from portable test equipment maker Berkeley Varitronics Systems (BVS). It’s debuting a battery powered IEEE-802.11 Wi-Fi analysis tool.
BVS's $1400 handheld is part of the company’s Beetle line (which includes a 2.4-GHz scanner). The new Beetle handheld is for installing and maintaining 802.11a Wi-Fi networks. As a calibrated receiver packaged in an ABS plastic case, it can measure RF spectrum from 5.15-GHz through 5.9-GHz, spanning the low, middle, and upper U-NII (Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure) band.
The receiver's frequency range makes it suitable for network technicians installing, verifying, and optimizing NII systems. It can even be used to align 5.8-GHz antennas as used in point-to-point, point-to-multi-point, and network backhauls. The Beetle is also passive so that you can study all nearby 802.11a networks invisibly.
In use, the Beetle measures and de-modulates packets from any 802.11a OFDM (orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing) AP (access point). It then provides statistics on a signal's MAC, SSID, signal strength, and PER (packet error rate), as well as WEP encryption status.
Features include a built-in backlit 128 x 64-pixel LCD, with a 4-button keypad interface. It also operates independently of a PC. The package also includes a Ni-MH (nickel-metal hydride) fast charger, four Ni_MH rechargeable batteries, and an SMA connection cable for AP antenna alignment.
Click here to access a short datasheet (in Adobe Acrobat .PDF format) on a predecessor, but related, product.
For more details contact Craig Schober at Berkeley Varitronics Systems, 255 Liberty St., Metuchen, New Jersey 08840-1217. Phone: 732-548-3737. Fax: 732-548-3404
Berkeley Varitronics Systems, 732-548-3737, www.bvsystems.com