Riverbed AirPcap

AirPcap Adapter for Microsoft Windows

Wireless traffic packet capture

Capture 802.11 WLAN packets for rapid, comprehensive analysis with your favorite packet-analysis software. This is the only Microsoft Windows-based wireless packet capture device fully integrated with Wireshark and Riverbed® SteelCentral™ Packet Analyzer. Choose among three affordable, easy-to-deploy versions: AirPcap Classic, AirPcap Tx, and AirPcap Nx.

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All three versions of AirPcapinclude a USB adapter and optimized driver.

All three versions of AirPcap include a USB adapter and optimized driver.

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  • What is the best way to capture and analyze wireless traffic?

    Building or securing wireless networks can be a challenge when your tools don’t understand radio waves. Riverbed® AirPcap enables troubleshooting tools like Wireshark® and SteelCentral™ Packet Analyzer to provide information about wireless protocols and radio signals. A complete range of models is available for your wireless capture needs

    Features and benefits of AirPcap

    “AirPcap is invaluable for troubleshooting and testing new wireless products at the 802.11 level.” - Engineer, Medium Enterprise Telecommunications

     Equipment company source: TechValidate. TVID: CB0-23F-2AC[SB2]

     “AirPcap has enabled us to quickly track problems with our wireless network. This saved us significant cost which otherwise would have been spent on an external company.”

    System administrator, Cultural Institution, Netherlands Source: TechValidate. TVID: B5B-FA3-EF3[SB3]

    Riverbed AirPcap adapters offer an easy way to capture and analyze 802.11 wireless traffic, and include full integration with the popular Wireshark and Riverbed Cascade Pilot network analysis tools. Three AirPcap models are available:

    • AirPcap Classic gives you the power to capture and analyze low-level 802.11b/g wireless traffic, including control, management, and data frames on your Windows workstation or laptop. Per packet information is also available, such as power, hardware timestamps (in micro-seconds), and receive rate.
    • AirPcap Tx retains all of the functionality of AirPcap Classic and, additionally, supports packet injection.
    • AirPcap Nx is a dual-band solution supporting packet capture and injection for 802.11n, 802.11a/b/g legacy modes, and the 4.9 GHz US public safety channels. It features 2 x 2 MIMO with two internal antennas, plus two integrated MC-Card connectors for optional external antennas to enhance performance in the most demanding environments.

    AirPcap Key Features

    • Full integration with Wireshark and SteelCentral™ Packet Analyzer for complete WLAN traffic analysis, visualization, drill-down, and reporting
    • Monitor Multiple Channels Quickly and Conveniently with AirPcap and Wireshark
    • AirPcap 3-pack for Multi-Channel, Aggregated Analysis
    • Portable and Versatile
    • Easy to Setup and Easy to Use
    • Professional Performance

    AirPcap works with these popular packet analysis tools:

    • Wireshark to capture, filter, display, analyze, dissect, and save WLAN packets, including data and management frame
    • SteelCentral™ Packet Analyzer for channel scanning, analysis, charting, and reporting
    • Kismet for network discovery
    • Aircrack-ng or Cain and Able for WEP cracking
    • Your custom tools for full flexibility

     “AirPcap gives us the power to observe network problems and come up with a solution rather than just blindly shooting in the dark. It also gives us the ability to measure whether or not changes made to the service have the desired effect.” –IT architect, educational institution

    The business case for AirPcap

    AirPcap solves eight critical WLAN security and troubleshooting problems:

    • WLAN security
    • WLAN packet-level analysis
    • WLAN channel bandwidth usage
    • WLAN transmission errors
    • Retransmission
    • Failed access point associations and authentications
    • Unencrypted applications
    • Low rate-transmission investigations
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  • Majority of customers are able to troubleshoot their wireless networks at least 50% faster using AirPcap adapter

    Source: TechValidate. TVID: D19-E9B-49A[SB1]  

     Invaluable for troubleshooting and testing

     

    “AirPcap is invaluable for troubleshooting and testing new wireless products at the 802.11 level.”

    - Engineer, Medium Enterprise Telecommunications Equipment Company

    Source: TechValidate. TVID: CB0-23F-2AC[SB2]

     

    Faster Troubleshooting, Saves Money

     

    “AirPcap has enabled us to quickly track problems with our wireless network. This saved us significant cost which otherwise would have been spent on an external company.”

    -     System Administrator, Cultural Institution, Netherlands

    Source: TechValidate. TVID: B5B-FA3-EF3[SB3]

    Flexibility and Extensibility Illuminate Solution

     

     

    “AirPcap gives us the power to observe network problems and come up with a solution rather than just blindly shooting in the dark. It also gives us the ability to measure whether or not changes made to the service have the desired effect.”

    -    IT Architect, Educational Institution

    Source: TechValidate. TVID: AA7-B6A-043[SB4]

     

    Roku Inc solves wireless issues more than 90% faster using AirPcap adapter

    Solves monitoring and testing wireless networks with speed and flexibility

    Benefits from AirPcap Adapter through:

    • Flexibility when solving/troubleshooting 802.11 WLAN anomalies
    • Better portable WLAN analysis
    • Faster troubleshooting

    AirPcap adapter is essential product validation tool

    “We design Wi-Fi-equipped consumer products, and AirPcap helps us monitor critical firmware and wireless performance. There isn’t much other competition compared to AirPcap for us. It is considered an essential product validation tool.”

    -     Dave Andrus, Senior RF Engineer, Roku Inc

    Source: TechValidate. TVID: 692-DEA-464[SB1]

     

    Conquest Security, Inc. monitors and tests wireless security with AirPcap

    Achieves 70-90% faster troubleshooting wireless issues using AirPcap adapter

    • AirPcap Classic & AirPcap Nx used with Wireshark and SteelCentral™ Packet Analyzer software
    • Troubleshoots/identifies wireless issues 70-90% faster using AirPcap
    • Benefits by secure wireless networking and instant insight into security breaches

    Source: TechValidate. TVID: 1D3-3D4-3BC[SB1]

    Ikeriri Network Service identifies wireless issues 70-90% faster using AirPcap adapter

    AirPcap is the best solution to capture and analyze wireless networks.

    Troubleshoots/identifies wireless issues 70-90% faster using AirPcap

    Leverages a wide range of analysis tools with AirPcap adapter

    Uses AirPcap with the following tools depending on the issue being researched:

    • Wireshark to capture, filter, display, analyze, dissect, and save WLAN packets
    • SteelCentral™ Packet Analyzer for channel scanning, analysis, charting, and reporting
    • Kismet for network discovery

    Aircrack-ng, Cain and Able for WEP cracking

    Finds flexibility key benefit in using AirPcap adapter

    Flexibility is at the core of many benefits:

    • Flexibility when solving/troubleshooting 802.11 WLAN anomalies
    • Extensibility through API use
    • Easy, less time consuming setup
    • Better portable WLAN analysis

    Secure wireless networking and instant insight into security breaches

    Source: TechValidate. TVID: 1D3-3D4-3BC[SB1]

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  • Captures wireless traffic on a single channel

    Each AirPcap adapter captures traffic on a single channel at a time; the channel setting for the AirPcap adapter can be changed using the AirPcap Control Panel, or from the “Advanced Wireless Settings” dialog in Wireshark or other tools. Depending on the model of your AirPcap adapter, it can be set to any valid 802.11a/b/g/n channel for packet capture.

    Operate in completely passive mode

    AirPcap adapters operate in a completely passive mode. This means that they capture the traffic on a channel without associating with an access point or interacting with any other wireless device. Unless you are transmitting with either AirPcap Tx , Ex or Nx, the adapters are not detectable by any other wireless station.

    Can also work in monitor mode

    The AirPcap adapters can work in  Monitor Mode. In this mode, the AirPcap adapter will capture all of the frames that are transferred on a channel, not just frames that are addressed to it. This includes data frames, control frames and management frames.

    Can be configured to decrypt WEP-encrypted frames

    The AirPcap software can optionally be configured to decrypt WEP-encrypted frames. An arbitrary number of keys can be configured in the driver at the same time, so that the driver can decrypt the traffic of more than one access point at the same time. WPA and WPA2 support is handled by applications such as Wireshark and Aircrack-ng.

    Use multiple AirPcap adapters for multi-channel aggregation

    When more than one AirPcap adapter is plugged in, the AirPcap Control Panel will show one additional interface: the Multi-Channel Aggregator. The Multi-Channel Aggregator is a virtual capture interface that can be used from Wireshark or any other supported  application. Using this capture interface, the application will receive the traffic from all installed USB AirPcap adapters as if it was coming from a single device.

    The Multi-Channel Aggregator has its own FCS, Capture Type and FCS Filter settings. These settings, and not those of the physical adapter, will be used when capturing from the Aggregator. Note that it’s not possible to set the channel of the Multi-Channel Aggregator; instead, the channel drop-down box will show a list of aggregated channels. To change the channel of any individual adapter, select the Capture adapter from the Interface drop-down list and set the desired value in the channel drop-down box.

    View this FAQ to learn more about how AirPcap works  

     

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    Riverbed provides a limited out-of-the-box warranty for a total of one year from the date of purchase for AirPcap USB adapters. In the event of a hardware failure, the unit may be shipped to Riverbed for repair or replacement.

    The binary drivers shipped with AirPcap adapters can be found on the Riverbed support pages at https://support.riverbed.com/content/support/software/steelcentral-npm/airpcap.html. These can be freely downloaded as updates are released and installed on as many Windows-based systems as desired.

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    The binary drivers can be downloaded at Riverbed Support.

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