Xirrus is a WLAN equipment manufacturer. They have some very cool products and if you have not checked them out and are looking for installing, adding or replacing any WLAN network gear, then I suggest you take a look at their offerings before making a decision.
Xirrus has a page on their website where they offer some cool free tools for planning, deploying and managing wireless networks. The tools will work on any 802.11 wireless network as well as on wired networks. Some of the tools available include:
Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
The Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector is a powerful tool for managing and troubleshooting the Wi-Fi on a Windows XP or Vista laptop. Built in tests enable you to characterize the integrity and performance of your Wi-Fi connection.
Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor Gadgets/Widgets
The Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor allows you to monitor your Wi-Fi environment and connection in real time from your desktop in an easy-to-use mini-application. Nine different color skins allow you customize the Wi-Fi Monitor to your desktop
Iperf is an easy to use and very popular tool that every IT professional should have that measures maximum throughput. Iperf provides you the data to tune TCP and UDP characteristics. Iperf reports throughput, delay jitter, and datagram loss in easy to understand tables and graphs. You can run Iperf from and command line or a GUI interface.
Qcheck is a must have and handy tool for any IT professional. It does much more than the traditional “ping” command
Other tools are available on this excellent website. I recommend that you take a few minutes, review the offerings and add to your toolbox those tools of value to you.
Thanks for reading and let’s continue to be good network citizens.