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Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector User’s Guide
Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector User’s Guide
Version 1.2.0 September 17, 2010

The Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector is a utility for monitoring Wi-Fi networks and managing the Wi-Fi operation of a laptop. Operating on Windows 7, Vista, or XP, the Wi-Fi Inspector provides detailed information about available Wi-Fi networks, management of a laptop’s Wi-Ficonnection, and tools to troubleshoot Wi-Fi connectivity issues. It provides a useful tool for anyone deploying and operating Wi-Fi.

The Wi-Fi Inspector can be used for a number of practical applications, including: • Searching for Wi-Fi networks • Troubleshooting Wi-Fi connectivity issues • Verifying Wi-Fi coverage (site survey) • Managing a laptop’s Wi-Fi connection • Locating Wi-Fidevices • Detecting rogue APs • Verifying AP settings • Aiming Wi-Fi antennas • Wi-Fi Education

• • • • • • • • • • Dynamic radar view displaying local Wi-Fi network names and relative distance Detailed information table of all local Wi-Fi networks Display of laptop’s Wi-Fi connection details and most important network addresses Connection, Quality, and Speed tests for troubleshootingthe Wi-Fi network connection Real-time graph of signal strength of one or more Wi-Fi networks with 8 minute history Locate mode for tracking Wi-Fi network signal strength, including audible beep Export Wi-Fi networks to .csv file Directly Connect/Disconnect to Wi-Fi networks Option to Enable/Disable Wi-Fi adapter (Windows 7 and Vista only) Integrated glossary of Wi-Fi terms

What’s New
New inthe 1.2.0 release (September 17, 2010): 1. Export of Wi-Fi networks to a .csv file 2. Added Quality Test linked to 3. Changed Speed Test to the site 4. Improved results display from Connection Test 5. Improved display of networks on Radar 6. Windows 7 support 7. Miscellaneous bug fixes

Installation and operation of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector requiresthe following: 1. Windows 7, Vista, or XP SP2 or later 2. Wi-Fi adapter, either built-in or external 3. Adobe Flash Player for running Speed Test. If you do not have the Flash Player installed, it can be downloaded from: 4. Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or later. To check if it is installed, go to Control Panel – Add/Remove Programs and look for Microsoft .NETFramework. If it is not present, download and install from:

1. Download the Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector executable from the Wi-Fi Tools section of the Xirrus web site at 2. If a previous version of the Wi-Fi Inspector was installed on thesystem, uninstall it first by opening the Windows Control Panel, then selecting Add/Remove Programs. Find the Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector, then select Change/Remove and follow the instructions. 3. Double click on the Wi-Fi Inspector executable file to install, then follow the installer’s instructions. The application will install an icon on your desktop. 4. Start the Wi-Fi Inspector by doubleclicking the application icon on the desktop:

The Wi-Fi Inspector is laid out in 4 tiled windows, each displaying different real-time information about the current Wi-Fi environment. A menu ribbon at the top displays a number of options to control the operation of the application. The following sections describe the different functions of the application and their usage.

Layouts Thelayout of the 4 windows within the application can be changed via the options in the Layout section of the menu. By default, all 4 windows are displayed. For example by selecting Radar, History, or Networks, only that particular window is shown. Customized views can be created by dragging the separators between windows to resize them, or selecting the icon in the upper left of each window to...
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