This was taken from a previous discussion started by jasonrc with input from userc_2168 and userc_2095  thank you for the input...


Having trouble capturing packets to debug your application?  Here are some  tools to use: 


We recommend using a USB wireless sniffer from one of the following vendors.

 

 

 

AirPCAP Nx -- works with Wireshark

 

Good, well-priced, easy-to-use network network analyser

 

http://www.riverbed.com/us/products/cascade/wireshark_enhancements/airpcap.php

 

http://www.wireshark.org   [Win32 v1.4.14 is stable and works well]

 

All versions downloadable here: http://wiresharkdownloads.riverbed.com/wireshark/win32/all-versions/

 

 

Omnipeek

 

Full featured network analyser

 

http://www.wildpackets.com/products/network_analysis_and_monitoring/omnipeek_network_analyzer

 

 

AirMagnet

 

Full featured network analyser

 

http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterprise-network/wlan-security-and-analysis

 

 

Microsoft Network Monitor 3

 

A free tool which uses the Wi-Fi card in the laptop/PC. 

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933741



For doing analysis of the RF/WiFi environment, the following tools are useful:

 

 

WiSpy - PC dongle to do 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum capture.  Can show 802.11 and non-802.11 interference.

 

http://www.metageek.net/products/wi-spy/

 

 

inSSIDer - Free scanning tool to show other 802.11 networks within range.

 

http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/

 

Basic network scans are also available using the wireless utility in your PC or Mac.


Also for RF/WiFi environments if you have an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

 

 

WiPry - iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch dongle for 2.4GHz analysis

 

http://www.oscium.com/products/wipry-combo-spectrum-analyzer-and-dynamic-power-meter

 

 

The power meter function is quite handy if you want to make duty cycle measurements or measure actual TX times.


Here is another great tutorial for MACOS users...

http://wlanpros2.project.ihelphosting.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Wireless-Diagnostic-Utility-in-Mac-OS-10.pdf