Compare AirMagnet Survey vs. Wireshark

AirMagnet Survey is ranked 3rd in Network Troubleshooting with 3 reviews while Wireshark is ranked 2nd in Network Troubleshooting with 4 reviews. AirMagnet Survey is rated 7.4, while Wireshark is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of AirMagnet Survey writes "The product is set up in a fashion that non-technical people can understand it". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Wireshark writes "It is free to download and install, and it runs on multiple platforms". AirMagnet Survey is most compared with Ekahau Site Survey, iBwave Wi-Fi and Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, whereas Wireshark is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor and Nagios XI. See our AirMagnet Survey vs. Wireshark report.
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Pros
It is reliable and easy to use (user-friendly). The heat mapping, passive network surveying, and doing the heat mapping of a building's wireless network allows me to see what level of coverage an area has.The benefit is with the ease of use of the software, I am able to show the customer, "Here is what your wireless coverage looks like." It is set up in a fashion that non-technical people can understand it.Clear and easy to use maps.

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I can save the traffic and analysis when I want to. Also, it's especially helpful to follow the stream (TCP, UDP, etc.).Setup is very easy. It's also possible to change source code and compile if you want to change something in the code, because it's free.It gives us the ability to pinpoint problems and to communicate network problems with software and hardware vendors.The drill-down available for packet analysis is great. It gives a network security engineer insight into what is going on at the packet level and enables better troubleshooting.Packet-capture files can be hard to use due to their size. Wireshark has a tool called tshark that can parse the files with out opening them so that you can take large captures, say 2-10GB, and return only relevant information.

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Cons
Printouts are JPEG printouts. The AirMagnet software is proprietary. I can't send my customers a file, because it is AirMagnet file, even for building projects. I can only send JPEGs or screenshots of heat maps.

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It needs the ability to follow multiple interfaces for specific traffic from different network zones/virtual networks. It would help to understand how any packet is going through the network.Sometimes I need to use tcpdump when I need to check the packets on CLI.Big trace files (more than 1,000,000 packets) can be slow, but then you can use "TraceWrangler" (also free) to help with slicing and dicing the data.It is not an easy program. You will need to study to use it to its full capabilities (follow a course).The Wireshark search function shows green for a correct search and red for an incorrect search. If there were a way to provide a description about what a search - and the similar ones which are available - can do, while a person is typing it, it would make the product easier to use and simultaneously decrease the learning curve.The product is great but I wish there were more of an emphasis on the command line tools.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing needs improvement.

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It's free.It is free to download and install. It runs on multiple platforms, so how can you go wrong?It's a stand-alone tool. If there is a commercial license for it I am unaware of it.

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3rd
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7,173
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4,805
Reviews
3
Average Words per Review
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7.3
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7,840
Comparisons
5,665
Reviews
4
Average Words per Review
285
Avg. Rating
9.0
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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.

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Sample Customers
Houston Methodist Hospital, Love's Travel StopsComversion, ADP, Talbots
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider40%
Manufacturing Company13%
University13%
Media Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider41%
Media Company11%
Software R&D Company9%
Financial Services Firm5%
REVIEWERS
Software R&D Company29%
Government14%
Transportation Company14%
Retailer14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company20%
Media Company16%
Comms Service Provider14%
K 12 Educational Company Or School11%
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