Optimize with Eye P.A. + AirPcap Nx
— Tom Hollingsworth, NetworkingNerd.com
Eye P.A. gives you the insight you need into the Wi-Fi conversations happening all around you. See how devices use available airtime, and diagnose client issues without guessing. Find rogue devices in your BYOD environments, and drill down into your capture for the packet play-by-play.Eye P.A. + AirPcap Nx will help you:
- Measure WLAN network retransmission
- Identify “slow talkers”
- Maximize network throughput and capacity
Analyze with built-in tips
After you select the network you’re interested in optimizing, Eye P.A. identifies potential network issues and suggests improvements based on its packet inspection of protection mechanisms, legacy data rates, encryption, and channel placement. You’ll be presented with information that suggests steps you can take to ensure your Wi-Fi deployment is of the highest quality possible.
See trends and problems
Packet analysis used to involve sorting through thousands of lines of text and guessing where problems lie. Rather than leave you to slog through pages of tables, Eye P.A. does all of the heavy lifting for you, by providing quick and powerful filters that slice and dice the packets any way you want.
The magic of Eye P.A. that saves you tons of time, however, lies in its presentation of your chosen data that you selected with the filters. At the heart of Eye P.A. are multi-layered, interactive pie charts called “treepies”. Treepies graphically display overall utilization for the total amount of air time, total packets, and total bytes present in a .pcap file. If you can read a pie chart, you can quickly understand the congestion and frame types Eye P.A. is showing you.
What you see in the treepies and the associated data tables can be filtered by SSID, MAC address, and even Subframe Types. You can also use the adjustable time graph to select the time span that looks most interesting.
Go into detail with the Packets Tab
In Eye P.A.’s Packets Tab, you’ll find a table that breaks down the packet traffic in your capture as it happened. Being able to see the RSSI, Data Rate, and other specific packet-level details provides even more insight into the cause of a WLAN’s problems. Just like with the treepies, the packets table will update to reflect whatever filters and timespan you’ve set. You can also customize the columns to only show what you’re interested in.
Document your results
Take advantage of Eye P.A.’s copy-to-clipboard feature to generate color-coded charts and graphs that quickly explain the results of your survey to a client, or simply document your findings for later reference. The time graph and and treepies will be copied as images for use in a deliverable like a RTF of PDF document, while the active selection and associated data table will be copied as a csv.
Full AirPcap Nx Support
Eye P.A. has integrated support for AirPcap Nx, the best USB-based packet capture device for the Windows platform. Easy-to-deploy, this unique dual-band offering supports full packet capture for 802.11 a/b/g/n, featuring 2 x 2 MIMO with two internal antennas and can capture 2 spatial streams, each 40MHz wide. In addition to internal antennas, AirPcap Nx has two integrated MC-Card connectors for optional external antennas to enhance performance in the most demanding environments.
Eye PA can also open packet captures created with other tools. See the user guide for more info.
Eye P.A. is great for visualizing what is going on in the air
— Keith Parsons, CWNE #3, Wireless LAN Professionals
Analyze packet captures to visualize network congestion and optimize throughput.
- Eye P.A.
software + hardware
Directly capture packets for analysis in Eye P.A. using the bundled AirPcap Nx packet adapter.
- Eye P.A.
- AirPcap Nx
Locate and identify interference sources. Visualize network conversations to quickly identify network congestion. All you need for spectrum and packet analysis in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.