Enterprise 7.5

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The AirMagnet Enterprise application is a software-based offering which runs on the Win32 platform.

This review is part of the group test: Wireless security 2007

This offering also uses hardware in the form of sensors that can be deployed at strategic points around the enterprise to identify and block rogue access points, rogue clients or active wireless attacks.

The application has many options to choose from for administration. In this review we worked primarily through the web-based interface, which was started on the management machine during the installation process.

The other administration application we used extensively was the enterprise console. The console was well put together, offering management, reporting, logging and current status application. We examined no other products that provided as easy access to such a large amount of information.

The AirMagnet Enterprise application comes with several general purpose policies and several industry-specific policies. The policies are used to define alerts and configuration of wireless access points. The templates which we found to be the most useful included the industry best practice, GLBA, HIPAA, trade show, retail and educational.

The installation of AirMagnet Enterprise was very simple. The application needs a database for storing information, and SQL (structured query language ) is included with the installation process. For the purpose of this Group Test we used an Access database, but both SQL and Oracle databases are supported.

The documentation for AirMagnet Enterprise came in the form of PDF files, which were well laid out, indexed and searchable. While there was a quick start guide included in the documentation it was rather lengthy and was not as useful as most quick start guides.

AirMagnet includes in the purchase price support for the first year after product purchase.

The AirMagnet Enterprise application is in the middle of the price spectrum for products tested, but the product price includes one year of support and four sensors.

Enterprise 7.5 has been rated Recommended.

Enterprise 7.5
 
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For: A feature-rich product with a great dashboard, which can give information about the wireless environment at a glance.
Against: The documentation was good, but not great, and a more precise quick start guide could make the security administrator's life easier.
Verdict: AirMagnet Enterprise 7.5 is a solid wireless security management application. The pre-built policies will make the admin's life easier.
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