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WildPackets Settles In, Tests 802.11a

WildPackets, the company behind the AiroPeek wireless packet analyzers, has upgraded its support for Atheros-based 802.11a in time to become the tool of choice in the California lab behind Wi-Fi interoperability testing.

The San Jose, CA-based lab of Agilent's Interoperability Certification Labs (ICL) will be using AiroPeek NX, the professional version of WildPacket's product that adds real time analysis and problem solving functions to the packet analysis products, as part of its test bed for interoperability testing of 5GHz 802.11a-based products for the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Agilent is one of the third-part facilities used the Wi-Fi Alliance to test the interoperability of Wi-Fi products. 802.11b-based products have been receiving certification from the industry group for some time, but 802.11a-based products will only start testing at the end of this month.

Janice Spampinato, executive vice president of sales and marketing at WildPackets says that "Airopeek has been in use in three of the four [Agilent] labs for some time. It'll now be used in the San Jose lab specifically for the compliance work they're doing on 802.11a." Agilent ICL labs are currently run in the UK, Asia, and Japan.

The AiroPeek NX driver for 802.11a products using the Atheros chip set has been available since earlier this year. The new driver, version v1.4.0.44, resolves issues such as system failures on some IBM ThinkPad R30 notebooks, inability to restore DHCP services on tested cards, potential system failures during installation with some Intel Pro 802.11a cards, and other problems. The driver is available for free from the WildPackets support site.

That's a lot of work done in the last few months for a company that lost its headquarters in a devastating after-hours fire. WildPackets has been in temporary digs since July and will finally be moving into new offices in Walnut Creek, CA ("a stones' throw away" say Spampinato, from the former building).

Even in July, WildPackets PR Specialist Ronnie Holland said the company knew before the fire it was in need of more space -- fo course, the company's new digs are 50% larger than the previous, destroyed building.

802.11 Planet Conference WildPackets will be an exhibitor at the 802.11 Planet Conference & Expo, Dec. 3-5 in Santa Clara, CA. Join them for a closer look at AiroPeek and AiroPeek NX.