Fluke Networks AM A3000-US AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester for Windows (Software)

Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 12.35.39 PMThe good thing about this Fluke Wi-Fi tester is that it works. It works rather well in fact: I was able to get a very detailed and informative view of my home network, it helped me while traveling trouble shoot various Wi-Fi connectivity issues that I had, and it provides you with several networking and testing tools that can really come in handy if you are an IT professional.

The user interface for this Windows version is pretty slick, and very easy to navigate for simple tasks. However, if you need to accomplish anything more involved the tiled look can be frustrating to navigate.

The setup was fairly straightforward, although the licensing and signup features are not very user friendly. You can either tie your software to a single machine, or to the included USB dongle. The dongle seems like a much more convenient option, but involves extra hassle and it’s not all that convenient to use.

And now for the bad news: almost all aspects of this software package feel really outdated. Be it the big box in which it comes, the very restrictive licensing, or the exorbitantly high price, everything about this WiFi tester screams 1990s. I decided to download an iOS app called Network Analyzer instead ($2.99 in the App Store), and for my money I could really not find any significant advantages between testing the Wi Fi network that way or though this Fluke software. I am obviously not an experienced IT professional, so I could be missing something here (Maybe Fluke has an incredible support system that is hard to match in the industry), but I really don’t see how could anyone, and especially individuals and companies that are really concerned with their bottom line, be able to justify spending this amount of money on a product like this one.


Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on Amazon.com, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tunguzreview Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tunguzreviews Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104312842297641697463/posts

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