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RIVERBED AIRPCAP

Wireshark Integrated AirPcap Adapter for Microsoft Windows

Wireshark integrated wireless traffic packet capture

Capture 802.11 WLAN packets for rapid, comprehensive analysis with your favorite packet-analysis software. Riverbed AirPcap 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 of Riverbed AirPcap products: AirPcap Classic, AirPcap Tx, and AirPcap Nx.

Overview
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]

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 are Pcap adapters that 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 adapter 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

SteelCentral is part of the most complete platform for location-independent computing to ensure flawless application performance and the best user experience.

ROI

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: 39B-111-2CD

 

 

 

How it Works

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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Support Info
We chose Riverbed because it enables us to identify the causes of problems in the network and in the various systems involved in the most efficient way. - Andreas Mayer, Network Administrator, Würth

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.

 

The binary drivers can be downloaded at Riverbed Support.

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