Xirrus Releases Open Source Wi-Fi Monitor Tool for Linux

2008-08-05 08:00:00

Xirrus Releases Open Source Wi-Fi Monitor Tool for Linux

Free Desklet Extends Platform Support for Popular Wi-Fi Utility

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.–(EMWNews)–Xirrus, Inc., the only Wi-Fi

“Power-Play” that can replace Ethernet workgroup switches with Wi-Fi as

the primary network connection, announced today the release of its Wi-Fi

Monitor utility as an open source desklet application for Linux. The

free utility is already available on Windows Vista, Windows XP, and

MacOS platforms and has become the most popular Wi-Fi application of its

kind with over 500,000 downloads to date. Part of a class of

mini-applications variably known as gadgets,

widgets, desklets, etc. these programs run

on the computer desktop and provide quick access to useful information

and functions.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi

Monitor enables users to monitor, secure, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi

networks quickly and easily. Key features of the Xirrus

Wi-Fi Monitor

for Linux include:

  • At-a-glance radar-like view of available Wi-Fi networks and their

    relative distance

  • Details on available Wi-Fi networks SSID,

    signal strength, channel, security, etc.

  • Current Wi-Fi connection signal strength with 5 minute history

  • Display of Wi-Fi adapter IP and MAC addresses

  • 9 different color skins

Applications for the Xirrus Wi-Fi

Monitor include:

  • Searching for Wi-Fi networks

  • Verifying Wi-Fi coverage

  • Locating Wi-Fi devices

  • Viewing and controlling laptop Wi-Fi settings

  • Detecting rogue APs

  • Aiming Wi-Fi antennas

  • Education on Wi-Fi

The Xirrus Wi-Fi

Monitor for Linux was developed under the gDesklet framework (www.gdesklet.de)

and will be made available under the GPL (General Public License).

Developed in the Python language, users have access to the complete

source code of the application for their own customization.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi

Monitor Desklet for Linux is being showcased this week at the LinuxWorld

trade event in San Francisco, August 5-7, in Booth #502. All Xirrus

Wi-Fi Monitor

tools can be downloaded from the Xirrus website at www.xirrus.com/library/wifitools.php.

About Xirrus

Xirrus, the leader in high performance Wi-Fi designs and manufactures

the patented Wi-Fi Array. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array obsoletes traditional

Wi-Fi offerings by integrating 4, 8, or 16 radios and high-gain

directional antennas into a single device along with an onboard Gigabit

Switch, Wi-Fi Controller, Firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi Threat Sensor, and

embedded Spectrum Analyzer, providing the performance and security to

replace Ethernet workgroup switches with Wi-Fi technology. The Xirrus

Wi-Fi Array delivers more range, more coverage, more bandwidth, more

throughput, and more intelligence per cable drop than anything else

available today resulting in a solution that

uses 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, and installation time

compared with any other offering. Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays are ideal for any

organization moving towards Wi-Fi as their primary network connection,

especially those that must cover large areas, support large user

populations, and/or use high bandwidth/throughput applications.

Xirrus is a privately-held company headquartered in Westlake Village,

California. For more information, please visit xirrus.com.

Xirrus – High Performance Wi-Fi

Xirrus – The Air is the Network

Xirrus – Intelligent Wi-Fi

PR Contact: John Merrill
Xirrus, Inc.
805-557-2872
john.merrill@xirrus.com

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