With the Eye P.A. v1.12 update (May 2018), Eye P.A. users are now able to capture packets directly within Eye P.A. using only a standard WiFi adapter (see below for supported adapters).
If you are running Eye P.A. 2.0 or later, you can capture 802.11ac packets using adapters from this list. Since the drivers are installed automatically, simply hit Capture to begin a packet capture!
For 802.11 a/b/g/n packet capture, Eye P.A. 1.12 supports the Linksys AE2500 (preferred) and Netgear A6200 WiFi adapters. The AE2500 captures all 802.11 a/b/g/n channels, while the Netgear A6200 cannot capture DFS channels (52-144 in the 5 GHz band).
To capture packets using Eye P.A. 1.12 and a supported WiFi adapter, follow these steps:
1. Update/verify Eye P.A. 1.12 installation
If you have an older version of Eye P.A., you'll want to make sure your MetaCare is current on your Eye P.A. license, and update to 1.12 to enable packet capture with WiFi adapters. Simply run Eye P.A. and follow the prompts to update, or visit our Downloads Page to download the latest installation file.
2. Run Eye P.A. as an administrator
Once Eye P.A. 1.12 is installed, follow the in-app prompt to restart Eye P.A. and run as an administrator.
3. Install the NDIS packet capture driver
Like Clark Kent becoming Superman in mere moments, this driver will turn your "regular" WiFi adapter into a super WiFi adapter, capable of capturing packets! Magic, right?
4. Run Eye P.A. as an administrator and have fun capturing packets!
Once these steps are completed and your supported WiFi adapter is installed and connected, Eye P.A. will capture packets in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. Easy!