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Get Rid of Guesswork with Expert Tips in Eye P.A. (Available in Latest Update)

The latest build of Eye P.A. just hit the net today. Version 1.6 of MetaGeek’s visual packet analysis tool includes the great features Wi-Fi troubleshooters expect – interactive Treepies, time graph, and filtering engine – and a huge new enhancement you’re sure to love: the new ANALYZE tab.

EyePA now opens your .pcap file in a new way with a new progress window

One thing you’ll notice right away is the new look of the application while you’re opening a .pcap file. Now, in the lower-right hand corner, you’ll see a small window displaying your files’ progress.

After opening your packet capture file, click over to the ANALYZE tab. Clicking the Star icon next to the networks you’re interested in optimizing, you will be presented with observations and expert tips relating to your networks and their channel.

At the top of the observations, you’ll find a pie chart that displays what percentage of the recording’s airtime is taken up by your network(s), and how it compares to the amount of airtime used by other networks and the amount available as a whole.

Eye PA now has a feature that will provide Expert Tips, helping you understand what is happening on your network.  Click on the ANALYZE TAB to check it out.

Below the Air Time pie chart is the coolest part of the Analyze tab: the expert tips. When Eye P.A. processes your packet capture, it takes note of the amount of retransmissions, non-standard channels, the presence of legacy devices, and more! When you star a network for optimization, Eye P.A. will inform you of any observed issues.

If Eye P.A. finds something to tell you about, you’ll see a bold headline for the tip category along with a “Learn More” prompt that gives you some background. In addition to a general idea of the detected issue, Eye P.A. will provide you with the information you need to fix the problem– whether it’s a table of clients to examine, or a next step to take.

Download the latest Eye P.A. update today and check out the new Expert Tips.

If you haven’t already purchased – try a full-featured 15-day trial of Eye P.A for free..

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Eye P.A. version 1.3.2, now with filters!

In June, we released an update to Eye P.A that gives users the ability to create a live capture using an AirPcap device (read more about live capture). Today, we are excited to announce additional enhancements to the way Eye P.A. is used – creating a simpler and more user-friendly application.

Refine Data with Filters

With our new filter bar, you can now Filter by Name or MAC Address (Exclusive and Inclusive), Filter by data rate or RSSI (greater than or less than). This allows for super quick “zoom into” problem areas. The new filter bar options also give you more flexibility to only see what you are interested in.

Updated Workflow

Instead of a single-view, Eye P.A. is now presented in four separate workflow tabs – condensing and grouping together the steps of Packet Analysis.


If it’s your first trial, or it’s just been awhile since you’ve used Eye P.A. – click through the learning slides to get a quick refresher of the components and features of the software.


Open existing .pcap or .pcapng files – or connect an AirPcap and capture wireless data network packets to analyze immediately after the capture is complete. LEARN MORE


Upon opening an existing or new .pcap file, you’ll find yourself in the Visualize tab, which contains the visualization elements you are used to seeing in Eye P.A. – only with a few things moved into more user-friendly locations.


In Eye P.A. version 1.3, we’ve made it easy to drill down into details. Integrated into the PACKET tab is our new Packet Viewer, eliminating the need to go back and forth between Wireshark and Eye P.A.. Do all your packet analysis in one application – Eye P.A.

More Flexibility With Visualization

You can now fine-tune Eye P.A. to provide you with just the information you need. Just show packets set at low data rates, or only show packets to a specific client. We give you the ability to specify the details you need the most.

Minor UI Improvements

You’ll see a few visual updates, like the ability to collapse the right sidebar for more viewing space. We’ve also moved the Adjustable Time Graph to the top of the viewing screen to concentrate the navigation controls into one area. One of the most exciting features is persistent treepie memory. Drill down into any layer, and the software now maintains the same drill-down when you move the Adjustable Time Graph or apply filters.

If you haven’t downloaded an update to Eye P.A. in a while, or would like to preview our Trial for another 15 days, download the latest version today and see the latest improvements yourself.

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A better version of Eye P.A. just released.

At MetaGeek, we are laser-focused on helping you get the most out of your Wi-Fi network. We offer the best Wi-Fi Scanner, inSSIDer, for both Windows and Mac. We also make the easiest to understand spectrum analysis tools, Wi-Spy and Chanalyzer. Recently we’ve rounded out our toolkit with Eye P.A., our Layer 2 packet analysis application for Wi-Fi networks.

We are excited to announce an update to Eye P.A. – and we want you to try it, even if you already installed a previous trial version. Download it now and get an additional 15-day trial.

Eye P.A. was just reviewed by Wi-Fi Expert Ben Miller, and he sees value in the quick troubleshooting.


What are the updates in the latest version of Eye P.A.?
One that we’re really excited about is our new and improved parsing engine for .pcap files. We redesigned how Eye P.A. handles the data from a .pcap file, and and now most files open at least 30% faster. Some files open crazy fast.

Last week the default file type in Wireshark switched from the standard .pcap format to the next generation .pcapng format. With this latest release, Eye P.A. now opens .pcapng files as well as the standard .pcap files!

We’ve also added color swatches to the “View Menu”, helping you visually choose what frame types you’d like to filter out from your treepie. Lots of people enjoy seeing their 802.11 .pcap data without beacons, helping them to narrow the results and show only the actual conversation elements between a client and AP. You can

To better adapt to our customers’ needs, and after hearing lots of great feedback from Twitter and blog posts, we have expanded (or are working to expand) the types of files that Eye P.A. can handle”. With this release, we’ve added experimental support for Microsoft® Network Monitor .cap and Comview® .ncf files. Currently “Export to Wireshark” will not work for these file types. Regardless, we wanted to give you the ability to do quick visual troubleshooting in Eye P.A. and we’ll continue to iterate and improve this new feature.

Check out our latest version of Eye P.A. – we think you’ll really like where we’re going with this application. If you’ve already downloaded the trial, we’ve made this download easy for you to try again – check it out for another 15 days on us! Wireless packet troubleshooting will never be the same.

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Eye P.A. is the first step to understanding Wi-Fi network data, new from MetaGeek

Back at office, the geeks have been working hard on a brand-new, first-of-it’s-kind tool.
We are very excited to introduce you to our latest software, Eye P.A!

Before Eye P.A., professionals would have to navigate through dense streams of packet data looking
for a needle in a haystack. Now they have a first step to better understand Wi-Fi networks – visually.

Eye P.A. is an 802.11 .pcap troubleshooting tool designed to be the first pass
at analyzing your wireless network data traffic.




  • Find Top Talkers
  • Analyze Conversations
  • Diagnose Network Health
  • Monitor Retransmits
  • Identify Issues Quickly

With Eye P.A., you can open the data captured from your wireless network in a .pcap file and transform the dense stream of bits and bites into color-coded multi layered pie charts for quick troubleshooting.

Download and try Eye P.A. for 15 days – or buy the most visual front-line wireless data packet analysis tool available today for $499.

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Modern Packet Analysis Is Getting A Visual Overhaul

This post is part of an ongoing series discussing MetaGeek’s new packet visualizer, Eye P.A.
See our previous post: Get ready to accelerate your .pcap skills with Visual Packet Analysis.

Right now, packet analysis works like a search engine. You enter a search term and it returns several thousand packets that meet the query. This works great when you know exactly what you’re looking for.
If you don’t – get ready to spend some time with your old friend, Mr. Scrollwheel.

For those of you who have been-there-done-that, I’d like to introduce you to Eye P.A.

Eye P.A. simplifies wireless network troubleshooting by visually aggregating the long lines of data saved in a .pcap file. It quickly displays what’s happening with your 802.11 network from a very high level while giving you the chance to drill down into the details with a helpful multi-layered animated pie chart.

For example, a BSSID may have several clients represented as the green inner layers.

These will be colored in different shades of green to represent the data rate of the conversation.

The Frame Types (outer layers) will be colored based on the type of frame: Data, Control or Management.

We’ve made the pie charts actionable, that means you can drill down by clicking on the pie chart itself. While the interactive pie charts are pretty flippin’ sweet (as we say here in Idaho), this is just a mere piece of our eyeball packet analyzer.

We want to invite you to watch the live-stream unveiling of our new wireless packet visualization tool at Wireless Tech Field Day on January 26th.

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