Tim McCreery President and CEO of WildPackets presented the company history to the Wireless Field Day 5 delegates. Wildpackets was founded in 1990, and now their customer base spans 60+ countries and over 7,000 customers.
Jay Botelho Director of Product Management spoke next, and gave us the WildPackets technical history.
- First to support data capture and analysis of 802.11ac traffic
- The most comprehensive voice over wifi analysis
- Only application to support remote data capture from commercial enterprise access points
- Best application for distributed networks with remote 24x7 real-time analysis
The demonstration of the 802.11ac capture was interesting in that copies of OmniPeek and 802.11ac adapters were gifted to the delegates in order for them to generate 802.11ac traffic in the presentation room. OmniPeek only has drivers for the Ralink chipset wireless adapters at this time, but they should have a two stream adapter supported by the end of this year.
Per Jay Botelho, trusting RSSI reporting from access points is iffy since vendors apply RSSI values differently. WildPackets does some analysis work on the capture that is RSSI, and they have to do some work to convert that to dBi or a percentage value.
OmniPeek has new columns added to it to simplify analysis of an 802.11ac capture:
- MCS value
- Spatial streams
- Bandwidth used
- Data rate
- Top pane = flows categorized by application
- bottom pane = problems detected
WildPackets is currently running a special discount on their Mobile WLAN Analyzer bundle. The bundle includes OmniPeek Professional and 3 OmniWiFi USB WLAN (802.11a/b/g/n) adapters. The $900 discount is only good through 10/31/2013.