Do your homework

Don't cross analyzers off your information technology shopping list just because your agency hasn't sanctioned the use of wireless devices. Gartner Inc. estimates that 90 percent of enterprises have wireless devices being used, whether sanctioned or not. Because analyzers have a wide range of features, draw up a set of requirements before comparing products.

Know which wireless access cards your agency uses. Many wireless local-area network analyzers support only limited types.

Know which wireless standards — 802.11a, 802.11b or 802.11g, for example — your network supports and make sure the WLAN analyzer you purchase is certified to support those standards. Be aware that although many wireless analyzers provide common network management capabilities, only a few offer plug-ins to easily integrate with the most popular network management tools, which your agency may already use.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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