WN Podcast 002 – Wireless Professional Tools

Hello and welcome to our second WiFi Ninjas Podcast episode πŸ™‚

Today we’re going to discuss wireless professional tools that we use everyday to deliver our work while having some proper fun while doing it.

Mac has moved to Boughton (outskirts of Northampton) and has some wireless coverage issues at home due to BT box sitting 2 floors below the home office. Sorry for the lower than expected quality while the home production network is being looked at πŸ™‚ Situation should improve in two weeks! Thankfully Matt is sounding as great as ever so we hope it will help with positive reception of this recording :]

Structure of today’s episode:

  • Survey Software
    • Ekahau Site Survey ProSurvey Software
    • 4P
  • 802.11 WiFi Scanning Tools
    • Scanning wifi (802.11) vs non-wifi (spectrum) – both wireless
    • Ekahau with built in WNICs, dongles or Sidekick
    • Metageek inSSIDer (with free version now available)
    • Metageek Eye P.A. (focus on airtime based on captures and tshooting, but also good for basic scanning)
    • Mobile tools (Aruba Utilities on Android, etc.)
    • Wireless controllers
    • Cloud dashboards
  • Wireless Spectrum Analysis Tools
    • Ekahau with dongles (Wi-Spy DBx)
    • Ekahau with Sidekick
    • Cisco AP in SE-connect mode and Cisco Spectrum Expert (free) or MetaGeek Chanalyzer (paid)
    • Metageek Chanalyzer
    • Cloud dashboards
  • Wireless (and wired) Packet Capturing Tools
    • Wireless
      • Cisco AP in sniffer mode
      • Apple laptop
      • Windows laptop with dongle and drivers supporting monitoring mode
      • Savvius Omnipeek with own dongles
      • MetaGeek Eye P.A. with own dongles
      • Wireshark with all above
      • WLANPi (similar to Rasberry Pi) with Comfast dongle – great article by Nigel Bowden
      • 40MHz / 2SS only
      • Ekahau Sidekick soon
    • Wired
      • Wired computer with Wireshark
      • SPAN and RSPAN
      • In-line passive and active packet capture devices
  • Wireless Sensors
    • Cisco Aironet Sensor (requires Cisco DNAC)
    • 7 Signal (vendor agnostic)
    • Others
  • Other tools
    • Cloud dashboards
      • Tshooting
      • Intelligence
      • Historic view
    • Wireless controllers
      • stats, graphs, client debugs, etc.
    • Windows CMD:
      • Run ‘netsh wlan show wlanreport’ in admin CMD and then
      • Go to ‘C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/WlanReport/wlan-report-latest.html’
      • netsh wlan show interfaces (must be associated)
    • SDA
      • Cisco DNAC
      • Fabric vs non-fabric
      • More intelligence plus automation
    • API
      • Create in house tools
    • More hardware tools
      • DFS logs captures
      • Laser tool
      • Attenuation measure
        • mobile AP (better accuracy)
        • mobile phone (good enough)
      • Laptop harness, gun mouse, comfortable shoes, seagway πŸ™‚

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2 comments on WN Podcast 002 – Wireless Professional Tools

  1. Michael says:

    A couple of iOS apps I’ve found useful:

    Apple’s Airport Utility – Scan shows ESSID, BSSID, RSSI and channel.

    HE.NET’s Network Tools – Anything you could want for networking: ping, traceroute, iperf2/3, whois, dns, TLS info, and much more.

    1. Mac Deryng says:

      Thanks for sharing a list of your favourite iOS network tshooting tools! I’ll give them a go next time I have access to an iPhone for sure πŸ™‚ Cheers! Mac

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