Sagacious Himself — brevity in circumlocution: never blague — suffering genius

July 12, 2006

OmniPeek personal free … not so great for wlan

Filed under: category euthanized,CIO,Geeky goodness,HardWare — Sagacious Himself @ 8:38 am

– 50 points for requiring defunct w-w-w-dot host

Summary Powerful, free, real-time network analyzer with visual expert and packet visualizer toolsets
Pros • Free

• On-the-fly filter creation and switching

• Visually stunning
Cons • Limited support options

• Multiple NICs not supported
• XP Professional SP2

• Microsoft .NET Framework 2

Wireshark, by comparison, has an informative and busy support forum.

+ OmniPeek: frame decoding during capture, in real-time

Sticking with this visual approach that is at the heart of OmniPeek
Personal, the ‘Expert Peer Map’ happily displays all communicating
network nodes as an organic vertically-oriented ellipse.

– OmniPeek Personal does not however support either AES or WPA2 decryption

– Nor is there any visibility of control and management traffic, or RF Monitoring capability for channel scanning or hopping.

– It also requires the installation of a special NDIS driver for a supported network driver in order to capture wireless packets.


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