On wireless networks, you will typically want to disable promiscuous mode since we want to capture in monitor mode instead. I see the By using capture filters, the traffic actually captured is much smaller, and you can can capture for a much longer period of time. The benefit of this approach is easier capturing because many engineers are unfamiliar with Linux. In the example packet capture, these include frame numbers 48, 49, and

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If you just want to monitor the other wireless clients, you don’t need a particular adapter as any akrpcap can sniff the wireless signals over the air. Are you looking to monitor packets between your computer as a client on the network and the router and other wireless clients and the router?

Baseline current client roaming performance Analyze gaps between current network performance and application requirements Identify opportunities to improve and optimize performance Implement changes to infrastructure and client devices to optimize performance Take more active control to ensure network performance matches desired service levels Throughout this blog post and the next, I will be using actual roaming events that I captured with my iPhone as an example. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.

Maybe some images got blocked on the corporate network today at the office, not really sure why it wasn’t rendering right there. Wireshark Capture Interfaces You can review the airpcpa options by clicking the ‘Options’ button next to the adapter you plan on using. Therefore, by positioning the analyzer nearest the client airpcwp you increase the likelihood of successfully receiving all frames both from and to those clients.

Some vendors of competing network analyzers that provide their own drivers for Wi-Fi adapters say that “Native Wi-Fi”, for capturing in “monitor mode”, doesn’t work very well for some adapters.


Since the objective when performing roaming analysis is to capture all frames to and from the wireless client s under test, the protocol analyzer should be positioned near the client s rather than near an AP. Leave all other settings at defaults as pictured below. Yes the VMware won’t mount the internal WiFi adapter but any external adapter can be used without any problem. aorpcap

In the ‘Basic Configuration’ section below you should see a greyed-out list of channels that the adapters are currently set to use. And if the scanning duration is set to a large a value then there is a good chance the adapter will be on the wrong channel when the roam occurs, as well as the inability to calculate roam times between data packets on the “old” and “new” AP as discussed in part 3 of this series.

This is useful to avoid capturing a large zirpcap of data only to find out that the client did not roam between APs or the workstation did not correctly capture the frames.

Email Required, but never shown. I also never use a airpcp filter because I like to make sure that I’m capturing all of the frames over the air. I don’t have any issues seeing the images on either Chrome or Safari.

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On a related note, to analyze the efficiency of wireless communications with a protocol analyzer, focus on the Wi-Fi retransmission rate rather than looking at FCS error rates since the FCS rate can be inflated simply because the analyzer workstation is not able to successfully decode all the wireless frames that it can hear in the environment.


Wireshark Colored Frame List. Posted by Andrew von Nagy at 2: To quickly find the roaming events within a capture file, filter the packet list for In the example packet capture, these include frame numbers 48, 49, and Hi Scott, Thanks for the feedback. Wireless USB adapter from Alpha networks is a popular one but airpcqp any modern WiFi adapter is capable of doing injection.

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This article is part 4 in the Wi-Fi roaming analysis series. Scanning between channels with a single adapter is not sufficient because the adapter will miss frames transmitted on alternate channels. Please investigate the legal aspects of active attacks aireplay-ng, etc. WiFi guy January 10, at Be sure to check the supported adapters list for the protocol analyzer software that you intend on using to capture and analyze the traffic.

Scott Airpcp 11, at 2: This is because differences exist between operating system platforms which may prevent the ability to capture all wireless frames over the air. So there’s no need to use Mergecap.

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Thank for the excellent article. Hi Andrew, Sorry for the false alarm. So remember, never use channel scanning for protocol analysis!

This will help prevent you from subsequently plugging them into a different USB slot causing device discovery and driver installation again by Windows.