I thought I would take some time to shamelessly plug a product that I recently purchased for my organization.
We are currently working through an issue that is affecting our Nortel 2211 Wireless telephones on our Motorola RFS7000 Wireless LAN Switch. In short it appears that the phone is resetting itself for unknown reasons. The problem is very intermittent and sporadic, hence it’s very difficult to recreate. The vendors involved in the problem, Motorola, Nortel and Polycom (Spectralink) are all asking for wireless traces of the problem. In order to capture the problem we need four laptops; three laptops tracing on each of the wireless channels in the 802.11b 2.4Ghz spectrum and one laptop tracing on the LAN side of the RFS7000. Needless to say that is a lot of hardware to setup. And the wireless laptops really need to physically move with the wireless telephone as it moves through the building (wireless network).
Then I heard that CACE Technologies had a hardware solution that worked with WireShark and allowed for simultaneous packet capture on all three 802.11b channels. Using three AirPcapEx USB adapters I could use a single laptop to capture all three 802.11b channels saving me a lot of hardware and a lot of time trying to assemble/merge the different packet traces.
I’ve been using the solution for the past week and it seem to work well. It was perfect timing because WireShark v1.0 was released earlier this week. Even though it’s a single laptop it can still be a bit of a logistical pain with the three USB adapters and the three antennas. I got some really interesting stares walking around the building with this octopus looking thing on top of the laptop keyboard.