802.11 WLAN analyzer WiFi Pilot 2.1 released

CACE Technologies released WiFi Pilot 2.1, an upgrade to their 802.11 WLAN analyzer. The addition of a “back-in-time” feature provides retrospective analysis of data saved for long periods of time.

Viewing network traffic metrics computed over long periods of time can be challenging. With WiFi Pilot’s new “back-in-time” capability, you easily navigate through network data captured over extended periods of time with just a few mouse clicks. Based on the selected time interval, sub-sampling and data aggregation techniques are used to optimize the granularity of the visual presentation of live and off-line traffic metrics.

WiFi Pilot 2.1 includes advanced triggering and alerting technology called “Watches.” Create a Watch (trigger plus action) on many View metrics and be alerted based on a trigger condition computed on the metric. For example, you can be alerted on high bandwidth, number of retransmissions, signal strength, and more. When a Watch detects that a trigger condition has been met, an action will be executed. Actions include event logging, sending email, and starting a packet capture.

The core of a WiFi Pilot Solution bundle is the WiFi Pilot analysis application: a wireless-only subset of the popular CACE Pilot network analysis, visualization, and reporting tool. WiFi Pilot provides the same rich UI as CACE Pilot, including all of the display, drill-down and reporting features, but with an 802.11, MAC-level-specific focus.

WiFi Pilot works exclusively with the AirPcap Family of WLAN packet capture adapters under Windows. AirPcap adapters are USB-based, capture full 802.11 data, management, and control frames, and range from an 802.11b/g capture-only adapter to an 802.11a/b/g/n capture and injection adapter with two internal and two external MC-Card connectors for optional antenna use. The integration with AirPcap adapters makes WiFi Pilot the only product to offer full multi-channel packet capture from a laptop-based system.

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