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AirScout® Residential Wi-Fi Tester 6 Client Kit

The Greenlee Communications AirScout® Wi-Fi® Test System will help technicians identify the optimum location and settings for the access point of a Wi-Fi® broadband router or access point within a home or small business.

Just measuring signal strength in a few locations of the building is not sufficient to gain an understanding of how well wireless LAN devices will operate or not in that particular environment. The AirScout®Wi-Fi® test system addresses this shortcoming by measuring performance at all layers from physical to application, both through it's own radios and through those of the installed "gateway" or access point.

The way that the AirScout® system presents its results distills a set of complex measurements into easy to interpret heat-maps and "scores" avoiding all the complexity of RF measurements; this makes it easy to train technicians and allows them to explain Wi-Fi® trouble to end users quickly. This helps technicians solve problems with Wi-Fi® quickly and efficiently and can enable them to "up-sell" additional service capacity or problem solving hardware too.

Results are stored in a cloud system and are therefore available to other technicians or customer service representatives in the future.

The AirScout® ASK306 Kit consists of an AirScout® Master Controller, six (6) AirScout® Client devices and accessories all stored in a tough and handy hard carry case in which they all charge from ac mains or 12 V dc vehicle supply.

Master Controller

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.

Clients

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.

Software

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

Applications

  • Enables the Telco, Cable/MSO and their installation and maintenance contractors to provision highly effective Wi-Fi to their consumers
  • Household Wi-Fi® provision
  • SME Wi-Fi® provision
  • Community Wi-Fi® service provision
  • Confirms satisfactory Wi-Fi® performance before job closure
  • Provides Wi-Fi® “birth certificate” for the installation

Benefits

  • Optimize access point location and settings
  • Opportunities to offer additional hardware (e.g. second AP or repeaters)
  • Improving the quality of experience of Wi-Fi in homes and small businesses
  • Reducing fault reports related to wireless LAN (Wi-Fi®)
  • Less frustration for end users
  • Higher customer approval ratings.
  • Reduction of customer "churn"
  • Allows retention of installation records in the “cloud” for future reference by customer services

Features

  • Multiple client devices (up to 30)
  • “Hands-off” automated testing
  • Simultaneous testing from multiple locations
  • Layer 1 through Layer 7 Active testing and analysis
  • Multi-dimensional mapping on things such as Applications (HD Video, 4k Video)
  • Intelligent channel selection
  • Identifies Optimal Access Point location
  • Application Support on iOS & Droid Tablets
  • Customer friendly on-screen report to explain the whole-home Wi-Fi® readiness
  • Automatic “over-the-air” software updates pushed from tablet to devices
Device Type AirScout Wi-Fi Test System
Application Wi-Fi Test Tool
Standard 802.11
Battery LiIon Polymer 15.5 Wh (one in each device)
Mounting Free Standing
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
Enclosure Hard carry case for Master plus six Clients and accessories
Power Supply 11 to 15 VDC, 2.5 A.
Operating Temperature 0 to +60 °C (+32 to +140 °F)
Length 14.88 in (37.8 cm)
Width 12.13 in (30.8 cm)
Height 6.89 in (17.5 cm)
Radio Approvals North America and Europe (contact us for other markets)
Includes
  • 1 x ASM300 (AirScout Master)
  • 6 x ASC300 (AirScout Client)
  • 1 x ASCC6 (Hard carry case)
  • 1 x Universal AC power supply
  • 1 x 12 V vehicle lead