The AirScout® master controller (ASM300) is a dual-band MIMO wireless access point which when combined with three or more remote client units will evaluate the likely performance of the entire installation. The ASM300 should be placed approximately where the client gateway device will eventually be installed. However, note that one aspect of the AirScout® system is that recommendations may later be made to re-locate this for optimum coverage throughout the premises.
The remote AirScout® client (ASC300/ASC302) devices are also dual band MIMO and are also placed in approximately the same places real end-user devices would be used around the home.
The AirScout® test system is operated by an App running on a commonly available tablet computer . Once the App is started and communication is established to the AirScout® master controller. An outline floor plan of the site is developed in the “App”. Most commonly by dragging a standard shape “house plan” onto the working screen and the "access point" placed on this in its relative position. Absolute scale is not important. Each of the ASC300 clients is then placed onto the floor-plan in roughly the proportional positions they are in the real-world; at this point the technician can re-assign names to the client devices if necessary making test reports easier to understand for the client.
The technician then simply presses the “start test” button in the app and is free to get on with more conventional installation tasks while AirScout® continues testing autonomously. Typically with six client devices the whole test sequence takes approximately five minutes; compare that to having to stand still with a single hand-held device in each location for several minutes to carry out a manual survey.
The wireless environment is first scanned in a listen only mode by all devices to seek the optimum channel before automatically configuring all the AirScout® devices to this optimum channel.
All the devices then automatically re-activate on the new channel and special internal software routines will check the capability of the LAN under single use and combined traffic conditions emulating real-world use. The performance of each link is evaluated in light of the type of traffic expected. Therefore we can identify likely best and worst case performance in the wireless LAN and approximate a real-world quality of service. A multi-dimensional "heat-map" can then be presented that doesn't simply represent signal strength but expected actual performance on a client by client and traffic type basis, interference and even suggested access point location.
At this point the software will suggest the optimum channel to configure the customer’s gateway and may suggest that the access point be moved to a more favorable location. It may even be advantageous to install a wireless repeater to increase coverage to remote parts of the building or outside. This is an opportunity to up sell additional gadgets to the end user
AirScout Master Controller
- The AirScout Master Controller is the heart of the AirScout Wi-Fi test system; controlling, coordinating and collecting the test results that are then forwarded on to the user's tablet or computer for interpretation.
- Purchase this to build your own kit. Requires at least one AirScout Client device to operate. Also available as a spare.
- Includes universal AC to 12 V PSU. See also ASC300 and ASC302, single and pair AirScout Client devices.
|Device Type||Wi-Fi Quality Assurance Tool|
|Application||Wi-Fi Test Tool|
|Battery||LiIon Polymer 15.5 Wh (one in each device)|
|Interface||Wired LAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet|
|Frequency Range||2.4 and 5 GHZ|
|Antenna||2 x 2 MIMO (both master controller and all clients)|
|Area Network Type||WLAN|
|Power Supply||5 ±0.25 V dc, 1A max|
|Operating Temperature||0 to +60 °C (+32 to +140 °F)|
|Length||5.79 in (14.7 cm))|
|Width||5.79 in (14.7 cm)|
|Height||1.81 in (4.6 cm)|
|Radio Approvals||North America and Europe (contact us for other markets)|