When you plug in Wi-Spy Air and fire up Air Viewer, you’ll get an immediate visual overview of your wireless environment, including your network and neighboring networks. Network overlays visually show channel placement, channel width, and signal strength in the 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi bands. Sort cards by network name, signal strength, or max data rate, or use Air Viewer’s powerful search navigation to zero in on the client or AP you want to investigate.
WiFi scanning is a good starting point, but signal strength and channel placement are only part of an effective WLAN. Luckily, Wi-Spy Air is also a lightweight spectrum analyzer, and adds rich Layer 1 information to your data set in Air Viewer. Toggle 2.4 and 5 GHz Spectrum views on and off to pinpoint congestion and interference issues. On the Layer 2 side, Air Viewer displays utilization and connected client count to help you make informed channel-planning decisions, and keep your BSSID in check by tracking details like channel, security type, phy type, max data rate, SNR, and connected clients.
Ok, so you’ve set up your network and followed WLAN design best practices. But how does that all play out when a client actually tries to connect...and stay connected? Air Viewer is designed with the user in mind to help you spot connectivity problems from the client perspective. See how a client is interacting with the AP by monitoring Retry Rate, Utilization, and Connected Data Rate. Spot band-steering and roaming issues using the Roaming History log, and experience your wireless landscape as a user would by using Wi-Spy Air’s onboard WiFi chipset to track signal strength as you move around your environment.
Air Viewer software requirements will be Android v7 or above and iOS v12 or above.
The device software must also be able to support On-The-Go (OTG) cables and data transfer. Please ensure your device is compatible with OTG. This mainly impacts Android devices as different manufacturers handle OTG compatibility differently.
Air Viewer is being built specifically for iOS and Android enabled phones. A tablet specific application will not be available with the initial iterations. However, Air Viewer will be available for iOS and Android tablets and will utilise scaling.
The Wi-Spy family of products has traditionally solely been a spectrum analyser. The Wi-Spy DBx is a dual-band spectrum analyser that captures raw spectrum in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
The Wi-Spy Air is also a dual-band spectrum Analyser. On top of that, it also has a dedicated WiFi chip that captures WiFi packets. Air Viewer, an application for Android and iOS, uses the spectrum and WiFi data from the Wi-Spy Air and presents this data within the application. This is so Air Viewer can be free of the constraints of what WiFi data Android and iOS provides. Because we have control over what packets we capture and interpret, we are also able to provide more rich WiFi data than we would otherwise be able to provide.