Distributed WLAN Analysis

New methodologies for data capture and analysis at 802.11ac Speeds

Monitoring and analyzing 802.11ac traffic requires significant changes in the way wireless data is captured. Up until now, WLAN analysis and troubleshooting has primarily relied on portable solutions based on USB adapters for "over-the-air" packet capture and analysis. However, with the tremendous advances in 802.11ac, USB adapters are no longer up to the task of wireless packet capture.

In order to effectively and efficiently capture and analyze 802.11ac traffic for analysis, WildPackets recommends using access points (APs). Using APs as packet capture devices is hugely beneficial because the APs are already part of the network, ensures your capture devices are the most capable devices in your network, and guarantees that you'll have the capacity to capture whatever traffic is on your WLAN.

Distributed WLAN Analysis Demo

Data capture from remote APs

  • Only practical solution for capturing gigabit speed 802.11ac traffic
  • Complete visibility from your desktop
  • Capable of analyzing ALL supported WLAN traffic
  • Scalable solution
  • Cost effective - leverages existing infrastructure
  • Single view into multiple access points
1.3Gbps Capture

Custom Remote Adapters

  • Allow an AP to be put into promiscuous mode and act like a direct-connected sniffing device
  • Allow the full capabilities of the AP to be leveraged
  • APs are "reconfigured" via the AP controller software
  • Depending on the manufacturer and the model, APs may or may not be able to continue sending traffic
Custom Remote Adapters

Remote Pcap

  • An industry standard that allows interaction with a remote device to capture packets
  • Widely available in enterprise-grade APs - makes 802.11ac capture capability easy
  • Simply start a capture on the analyzer and point it to the available RPcap interfaces Typically not a "marketed feature" by AP manufacturers
Remote Pcap

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