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NETWORK SNIFFER for 2.4 AND 5 GHZ WLAN supporting IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac


  • Includes 4 wireless adapter with 16 integrated antennas
  • Supports 4×4 MIMO up to IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 up to 800 Mbps
  • USB-C type connector for data and unit power
  • 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz version available
  • Notebook with OS Linux (Ubuntu)
  • Creates .pcapng files incl. Radiotap
  • First product on market
  • 802.11ac Wave2 support with up to 160MHz bandwidth

The WaveXpert can be used to record and analyze WLAN transmissions (with Wireshark) that
are exchanged between two or more participants in his environment. WLAN transmissions
according to the international standard IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac can be recorded.
WLAN devices whose transmissions are recorded are, for example for mobile devices such
as notebooks, smartphones or PDAs, but also permanently installed equipment such as
WLAN access points, WLAN printers or PCs with WLAN cards.
The WaveXpert is available in two versions, as WaveXpert 2.4 GHz (4 channels with 20 MHz
and up to 3×3 MIMO) and as WaveXpert 5 GHz (4 channels with 20/40/80/160 MHz and up to to 4×4 MIMO).

What is recorded
The special feature of WaveXpert is that not only user data but also management and control information is received loss-free and stored for further analysis. The unit operates in passive mode only, WLAN transmissions are only received and nothing sent.

How data is collected
The WaveXpert is designed as a peripheral device for PCs, which have a Thunderbolt™ 3 interface. The data collected by the WaveXpert is transmitted via the Thunderbolt™ 3 interface to the PC and is stored in the PC’s memory. There the data can be displayed and analyzed with Wireshark.

For the operation and configuration of the WaveXpert such as for example the definition of the reception channels or of the
channel bandwidth a user interface with a Linux Live operating system on the PC is supplied.

External power connection (power-in socket)
In order to conserve the laptop‘s battery life and to operate the WaveXpert with larger channel bandwidths, the WaveXpert can be supplied via an external power supply. You can use Powerbanks, which should be able to supply a voltage between 12 and 20V. Devices which are available for additional charging of laptops are suitable for this
purpose. The plug of this external power supply, must be compatible with the power socket of the WaveXpert. The polarity of the contacts in the Power-In jack is like shown in the picture. The center pin must be connected to the positive pole. The center pin of the Power-In socket has a diameter of 2.5mm.

External data interface to PC Thunderbolt™ 3
Connector USB-C
Cable between device and PC Thunderbolt™ certified with at least 20 Gbit/s
Data rate
Power consumption via
Thunderbolt™ from PC
15W (max)
Housing protection IP20
Power Connection Socket DC In 12V to 20V / 2A (max)
5.5 mm Plug diameter
2.5 mm Center Pin Diameter
Operating temperature range 0 – 35°C
10 – 90%RH non-condensing
Housing dimensions 200 x 135 x 40 mm
Weight (without cable) 0.5 kg
Conformity CE: RED directive 2014/53/EU
CE: ROHS Directive 2011/65/EU
USA/Canada: FCC
WLAN standard IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (up to 160 MHz)
Frequency 2.4 GHz: 2,412 to 2,472 GHz
5 GHz: 5,180 to 5,825 GHz
Max. channel bandwidth 20/40/80/160 MHz
Simultaneously recordable channels 4

4 Wireless adapters, all capable to sniff on 5GHz 802.11ac with 4×4 MU MIMO. 16 Antennas integrated. 2.4GHz version with 4 3×3 wireless adapters inside.