Meru Networks has given its enterprise Wi-Fi diagnostics, monitoring and security software a boost with new features, and also announced a wireless intrusion prevention system (IPS).
According to this IT World report, the wireless vendor's goal is to improve wireless reliability to the point where it can work as a network service, analogous to wired Ethernet.
“The new scanner is the Proactive Spectrum Manager (PSM) 3X, a receive-only, dual-band radio scanner, with a companion analysis application, E(z)RF Spectrum Manager. The radio picks up wireless signals from a wide range of devices, including cordless phones and Bluetooth devices. The software analyzes the signal to identify and, with other Meru software, locate the source of interfering or unauthorized radios.
P>”The reliance on a hardware scanner goes against the grain of other Wi-Fi network vendors, which typically rely on software-based analyzers that glean signal information by taking over an access point radio and switching it to scan mode. Meru executives say their hardware-based solution doesn’t shut down the Wi-Fi data operations for users, or cause interference when one of the two radios in an access point is scanning. And PSM creates much more detailed data about the RF environment.”