WifiMETRIX is a new type of diagnostic tool that uses a 6 GHz radio module to simulate radar pulses and a dual-band Wi-Fi chip to monitor and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks. It implements three important features — DFS testing (patent pending), AirHORN and WifiPROBE (patented). The 6 GHz radio module has been programmed to simulate radar patterns (DFS testing), and the built-in Wi-Fi chip can perform both signal generation (AirHORN) and throughput diagnostics (WifiPROBE) on each channel.
The DFS Testing function employs a 6 GHz radio module, amplifier and filters — it performs as an RF signal generator that simulates radar signal patterns. When an AP that is currently configured to use a DFS channel detects a radar signal it is then required to jump to another channel. Validation of an AP’s ability to detect and respond to radar events is the primary goal of WifiMETRIX’s DFS testing feature.
The AirHORN function is an RF signal / channel generator that transmits stable and accurate RF signals for each of the Wi-Fi channels, and aids in testing Wi-Fi antennas, RF shields and wireless networks.
The WifiPROBE function traverses each channel and measures the available transmit time. When the goal is to choose the best channel — the one with the highest available throughput — then WifiPROBE is the tool of choice.
WifiMETRIX operates in stand-alone mode and does not need to associate with an access point in order to perform its functions. It is a truly unique device that is tailored for troubleshooting Wi-Fi problems and computing the best channel.
WifiMETRIX has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use — no need to study large user manuals. The best way to become familiar with the device and its capabilities is by experimenting — so, power it on and give it a go.