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"The heat maps are quite good, and some features are easy to use.""The most valuable features are the survey, spectrum analysis, and reporting.""Customer service is great."

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"Another good thing I really liked was that it would not only tell me the IP address, but it would tell me more info. It would grab the CDP off of the CDP profile and read all the info it could get, so I knew what I was looking at.""The whole product is valuable because it's really a bunch of features that make up the one testing utility. Between auto tests, wireless assessments, its ability to do iPerf speed and traffic testing, as well as packet captures — all of those really contribute to a very successful product and allow me to do my job in a better manner.""When it comes to that remote troubleshooting perspective of being able to survey an area to see if there are problems, make adjustments, and then have that same individual resurvey that same area, I don't have to send people to a week long class on how to use the device. I know I am getting consistent results, which can verify near real-time, and whether or not the changes that I have implemented solve the problem.""The most valuable feature is the ability to identify the switchboards, when you plug the EtherScope into the network drop, and all other details about the switch. This is very useful because when you are not in that IDF or network closet but far away from that switch, you can identify the board and then configure the board for your needs, remotely.""One of the key measurements that we use out of the device is the channel utilization measurement, how much traffic is on the air in a given channel. That's the most valuable feature for us. The ability to make a very fast measurement of how much traffic is on the air is a key value. Otherwise we'd have to do a packet capture and do some analysis. It speeds up our testing.""It has reduced our internal troubleshooting time. In the cases where we could not internally solve the troubleshooting, we would have had to contact an external vendor to test cable, rerun it, etc. NetAlly EtherScope has let us eliminate that in most cases so we can resolve an issue on our own without having to call a third-party out to identify the problem. It has reduced our troubleshooting time for network cabling issues by a good 75 percent.""In terms of the solution's full line rate 10-gigabit capability, my other 10 Gb test equipment is much bigger, bulkier, and heavier. One of my ways of assessing the nXG was to compare it with what I knew to be tried and true on 10-gig to make sure that they matched, and they did. It very quickly got my trust. The fact that it can do 10 Gb, without dropping a packet from what I've seen so far — and we used it a lot in that first three months — tells a pretty good story.""The most valuable features are the WiFi troubleshooting, network validation, and cabling validation, and the fact that it's an all-in-one tool. You don't have to carry different tools. The multi-technology functionality and its ability to do WiFi and wired Ethernet analysis in one device are the best aspects."

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"The surveying features are in need of improvement, along with general usability.""It'd be nice if it was cheaper, however, you get value for your money.""The throughput should be more advanced in the future. They need to add more versions of WiFi than just one."

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"The one thing that it doesn't do well, when it's doing airtime utilization measurements, is that it will classify things as non-802.11, and that isn't correct. What it could do better is make sure that it classifies all traffic that's in the air correctly.""There are some inconsistencies in how it uploads the test results to the cloud, but it might just need a minor improvement on the software side. When you don't have an internet connection on the EtherScope when you do the testing, it saves the results into memory. When it has an internet connection, it uploads those results, but it doesn't work all the time. Sometimes, you need to manually push it.""There is room for improvement in the battery life and price.""I would love to see port profiles. This is something I've expressed to them. The ability for a technician to plug it into a switch port, and say, "Okay, this port will be an access point or this port will be a phone and desktop PC," thus choosing a profile. It will then push a configuration to the device it's connected to and verify that the switch port is correctly configured, so I can hand this to a phone tech who doesn't have any access to a network switch to be able to make changes. They can go out and plug this into a port, then they are able to push a profile to the switch port through the device. That would be pretty fantastic as a next step for this device.""If I could reset it remotely, meaning reboot the unit, that would be helpful. One time, the test would not respond; the script would lock up. I had to go and manually reboot it. If I could have sent a command to reboot and it would have automatically connected to the wireless, that would have made it perfect. That was the only thing that it did not do.""The user interface could be a little bit more streamlined, a little bit easier. Sometimes it's hard to find a specific thing that you're looking for. In terms of hardware-based improvement, the battery would be the biggest issue. The battery goes out very quickly.""The battery life could be better. There have been a couple of times that I used it and put it down, then I went to pick it up and the battery was dead. So, I need to take the power cord with me in order to continue using it.""The only improvement I can come up with is the battery life. If they could improve the battery life, that would be great."

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"This product is very expensive.""There is an annual cost of the solution. There are some additional charges, such as support and maintenance."

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"The stuff is expensive. I really do wish the price would come down. I don't really call support. I haven't had a problem. But it's really expensive and every year I have to pay them a ton of money. I don't want to make up reasons to justify that cost, but I'm not using the support.""We paid for the additional maintenance on it (for an extra year) to get that extra coverage. This was the first time that we had this solution in-house, and it was pretty pricey. So, we wanted to make sure that anything went wrong, then we could get it repaired.""If you're in the networking world, this product makes great sense very quickly, if you're going to use it more than a few times a week... If you are just looking at a handheld device unit for specific, wireless or wired testing and not much else, the cost may be a little more prohibitive than what you have in your budget.""It's a pricey device, but I see value in it from a business perspective.""I don't consider the pricing to be a problem. It's not a cheap device, but it's a very capable device for the money. It's a good value.""The cost is not cheap but it totally pays for itself because it can do so much.""It's very expensive. I wish I could buy a few more and give them to all the people who could use it, or perhaps send it to a client, given that some of its features are easy to use. But sending something worth $8,000 or $9,000 is nerve-racking. It would be nice that if it were a lot less expensive.""For the average network shop, the cost is a bit high. In a lot of organizations, people don't share test devices between teams. Generally, you need a device for the network team and a device for the system team, the security team, etc. While the cost is a little on the high side, that is offset by the regular updates and continued improvements that NetAlly adds to the device. Those improvements continue to increase the perceived value of the device."

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Top Answer: If you're using AirMagnet, it's a special use case. As long as they really walk you through it you should be fine. However, you do need some direction and training. If you don't have very much… more »
Top Answer: The solution is primarily used for wireless design; it's a wireless design tool. For example, if you're going to design a wireless internet network. That's what we used it for. The process is: you… more »
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EtherScope nXG, EtherScope, netAlly EtherScope
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AirMagnet Survey is a software-based site survey solution that allows IT and network professionals to plan and deploy wireless 802.11n/a/b/g/ac LAN for optimal performance, security and compliance. The tool provides users the ability to visualize RF coverage, collect real world performance data, and map interferers. The new Survey Mobile app allows for design and validation of lower end BYOD on Android phones and tablets.

Multi-technology, all-in-one handheld network tester that enables engineers and technicians to get more done faster, from deployment to maintenance and documentation of their ever-changing Wi-Fi and Ethernet access networks.

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Houston Methodist Hospital, Love's Travel Stops
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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider44%
Manufacturing Company11%
Legal Firm6%
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company16%
Educational Organization9%
Comms Service Provider43%
Computer Software Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company12%
Venture Capital & Private Equity Firm10%
Financial Services Firm10%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise23%
Small Business25%
Large Enterprise75%
Small Business76%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise22%
Find out what your peers are saying about AirMagnet Survey vs. NetAlly EtherScope nXG and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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AirMagnet Survey is ranked 4th in Network Troubleshooting with 4 reviews while NetAlly EtherScope nXG is ranked 5th in Network Troubleshooting with 9 reviews. AirMagnet Survey is rated 7.6, while NetAlly EtherScope nXG is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of AirMagnet Survey writes "Great customer service, simple to setup, and very easy to use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NetAlly EtherScope nXG writes "Does packet capture at line rate gig or 10 gig without dropping a packet". AirMagnet Survey is most compared with Ekahau Site Survey, iBwave Wi-Fi, Aruba Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and Cisco Wireless, whereas NetAlly EtherScope nXG is most compared with OptiView XG, LinkRunner, AirCheck and OneTouch AT Network Assistant. See our AirMagnet Survey vs. NetAlly EtherScope nXG report.

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