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Pros
"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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"The features we find most valuable is the configuration backup automation, the configuration compliance, the security vulnerability detection and upgrading devices.""The most valuable features the solution offers are compliance, reliability, and information about reliability.""I use it for monitoring the entire network for the company. We oversee nodes down, we oversee devices heading up to crossing the threshold for CPU usage. We oversee power so power backups on the switches, we oversee if they're down or if they're failing. We oversee any node down or any router from any vendor.""Compared to other vendors, like NetBrain, managing the solution is easy. They made it very user-friendly.""The feature that I really enjoy is the ability to script changes across all of your devices.""The installation is straightforward.""It allows us to manage backups in big companies. It is also useful in managing the configuration changes."

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

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"On NCM, reporting could be a bit better. It's completely become just one report. When I try to create a custom report, the solution just commits old server data.""The network logs could be improved. When the error logs come across with those false positive alarms in the error logs.""For each device, when you open the network performance monitor, it will give you all of the information about the device, but many of the natural configuration management features are not on that page.""The Network Configuration Manager needs to improve the access control list compliance.""The solution could improve by being more secure.""The interface of solar winds could be improved.""Its whole architecture is a bit traditional. They can change the architecture to make it more modern and multi-tenant. Currently, we can do multi-tenancy, but we need to buy another product. Its look and feel can be improved. They can also put in more effort into building the THWACK community and use the information about various customer issues and requests to build the new releases."

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

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"You have a base license for 50 devices, and then you can add more licenses as you go.""There is a license for the use of this solution and it is priced well, there is a lot of value for the money.""With a minimal bundle, we pay about $3000 a year in licensing costs. If you have multiple devices in your network, you must buy the bundle, which is 100% identical for your infrastructure. If you have 15 devices, you need 15 licenses, for example. That's one bundle. You don't pay for anything over and above that."

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Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: This solution works in conjunction with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor. Usually, you first buy SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor and then SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager. You… more »
Top Answer: There is a license for the use of this solution and it is priced well, there is a lot of value for the money.
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Also Known As
SolarWinds NCM
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Overview

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.

Before you monitor your network, configure it! A reliable and secure network starts with carefully planned, executed, and monitored network configuration and change management. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) saves time and improves network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices from Cisco, Juniper, HP, Dell, Brocade, Aruba, Rukus, and more.
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Sample Customers
Houston Methodist Hospital, Love's Travel Stops
United Lincolnshire Hospitals, Air Rarotonga, NetSuite, Thai AirAsia, REA Group, 335th Signal Command, Agilisys, Marine Expeditionary Force
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider44%
Manufacturing Company11%
University11%
Legal Firm6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company16%
Educational Organization9%
Government7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider26%
Computer Software Company22%
Government11%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise23%
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Small Business70%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise20%
Find out what your peers are saying about AirMagnet Survey vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
553,954 professionals have used our research since 2012.

AirMagnet Survey is ranked 2nd in Network Modeling with 4 reviews while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is ranked 10th in Configuration Management with 7 reviews. AirMagnet Survey is rated 7.6, while SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is rated 7.8. 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 SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager writes "Reliable, scalable, easy to use, good support, and offers the ability to script changes". AirMagnet Survey is most compared with Ekahau Site Survey, iBwave Wi-Fi, Aruba Wireless, Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN and OptiView XG, whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is most compared with ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer, Cisco DNA Center, Cisco Prime, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Infoblox NetMRI. See our AirMagnet Survey vs. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager report.

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