The Wireless Networks analysis tool allows users to view a wireless statistical report by analyizing the 802.11 management packets in a capture file.
To see the wireless networks that were broadcasting at the time of the capture, simply click on the Wireless Networks button under the Analysis Tools menu for your capture file. A report will pop up in your browser. Like most analysis tools, this can be opened on its own page for bookmarking by clicking the ‘Open in new window’ button at the bottom of the pop up.
Each of the fields are sortable by clicking on the column header. Reverse sort any column by clicking the header a second time.
Various capture tools do not always capture wireless management packets by
default. Capturing these packets requires a combination of hardware supports
the feature, plus configuration of the capture tool. This is often called
‘Monitor mode’. For example, to force the tcpdump command to capture wireless
management packets, along with all normal network packets, pass the
tcpdump -I -i en1 -w beacon_packets.cap
This example will capture only wireless beacon frames:
tcpdump -I -i en1 -w beacon_packets.cap wlan == 0x80