Using TCP/IP Tools And Utilities
WiFi Spectrum Analyzers and Cable Testers
Wireless network tools:
There are many types of network management utilities available for wireless home networks, ranging from hardware to software, and even passive tools that let you inspect the wireless frequency spectrum of your Wi-Fi environment.
Wireless network tools have become a necessity over the last decade, as network hardware and end user devices have evolved into sophisticated equipment, requiring more indepth knowledge.
When building a home network it’s important to construct a wireless network diagram, this allows you to visualize the topology of your network and help determine where troubles are coming from and what type of network tools are needed to solve the issue.
We’re going to talk about hardware, software and wireless limitations that will help you in understanding what type of wireless network tools to apply to a given situation.
WHNME will show you how to use these network tools correctly when trying to diagnose and repair your wireless home network.
Wireless Network Tools
We’re going to start out discussing tcpip tools and network commands, this will allow you to quickly pinpoint and root out any unnecessary repairs that less experienced technicians make when trying to resolve network related issues and create a wireless network diagram.
Next we’ll be covering how to use a pc based spectrum analyzer, and how they’re helpful in visualizing the wireless side of a home network, giving you the ability to sterilize your Wi-Fi environment allowing your wireless enabled devices work as advertised.
Last we’ll be explaining how to use hardware tools, such as cable crimpers and network line testers, these tools are very important to trace down problems of relating to signal attenuation loss between network hardware connected via Ethernet cable.
The TCP/IP protocol suite contains a wide variety of free network tools and utilities that can be entered from a command line sitting at your PC or laptop, and should be the first action a network administrator should take upon receiving word that there are reported problems on the network.
Wireless network tools like TCP/IP include network troubleshooting commands which provide you the ability to view and test connectivity between hardware devices, display the path an Ethernet packet takes to a destination host system, release and request new IP addresses from a DHCP server, and even display or modify the local routing table.
We’ve put together a cheat sheet of useful TCP/IP Commands in a workbook format that will help you interpret the information being returned after network commands are issued, to determine what should be the next line of action in resolving a network issue.
Download and practice these free network tools and commands on a daily basis, and soon you will become more familiar with how wireless network tools communicate, and locate the source of network related issue before ever getting out of your chair.
Wi-Spy spectrum analyzer:
The biggest problem that affects most wireless home networks is RF interference from other household electronics and appliances. If consumers could only see the radio frequency spectrum through plain sight, they would have an entirely new perspective when designing and building a wireless home network.
Laptop based spectrum analyzers like Wi-Spy are astounding wireless network tools which give Wi-Fi users a way to view the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands as if they were tangible objects.
This provides a way to see all RF activity affecting your network and locate all the electronic devices in your Wi-Fi area that is
just driving your wireless network bonkers.
If you’ve ever heard what a dial-up modem sounds like when its connecting to a remote modem, performing its modulation handshake you know the sounds of electronic interference.
Think about how it would feel to tolerate such an annoying distracting sound over a phone line while making calls to your friends or family, and you can begin to relate how your wireless router senses the Wi-Fi environment when you refuse to replace your existing cordless phone or microwave that operates on its same 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz frequency band.
Crimps and cable testers:
Cat6 cable testers and cable crimps are very important wireless network tools, because even though home networks are thought to be wireless, there will always be a need for Ethernet cables between network hardware.
Anytime you have a electronic signals passing from one media to another there is a slight loss of attenuation in the signal quality, and Ethernet cable testers are a great way to check the condition of the signal as it passes through cable segments.
With wireless home networks in just about every household around the planet, there are many who choose to keep costs low by crimping their own Ethernet cables, and are also a great way to create custom lengths producing better wire management and signal strength.
Using cable crimps paired with a cat 5 cable tester is a great combination as long as the maker of the cable has a little training on how to use them properly. We have created a tips and tricks guide to Making Ethernet Network Cables.
That’s it! Even if you’ve been using these wireless network tools before, you might want refresh yourself on some experienced techniques that network administers use when performing repairs on wireless networks.