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.
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
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
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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.
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.
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Benefits and Features of AirPcap
The business case for AirPcap
SteelCentral is part of the most complete platform for location-independent computing to ensure flawless application performance and the best user experience. AirPcap solves eight critical WLAN security and troubleshooting problems:
WLAN packet-level analysis
WLAN channel bandwidth usage
WLAN transmission errors
Failed access point associations and authentications
Low rate-transmission investigations
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 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, Netherland. Source: TechValidate. TVID: B5B-FA3-EF3[SB3]
“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]
ROI: Majority of customers are able to troubleshoot their wireless networks at least 50% faster using AirPcap adapter
“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
“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
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
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