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CONTENTS
Introduction................................................ 3
Requirements............................................. 3
What is in the Box...................................... 3
What is on the CD...................................... 3
Driver Installation....................................... 4
Wireshark Installation................................ 6
Additional Tools Installation..................... 7
Developers Resources Installation............. 7
FIGURES
Fig. 1: The CD Setup Page – Install
Driver............................................................4
Fig. 2: Found New Hardware Wizard........5
Fig. 3: The CD Setup Page – Wireshark
Installation...................................................6
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AirPcap Installation Guide
Part Number: 712-00080-01 Rev. A
Document Revision: May 2011
Riverbed Technology
199 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: +1 415 247 8800
Fax: +1 415 247 8801
www.riverbed.com
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Introduction
Welcome to the Riverbed AirPcap wireless capture system. This Installation
Guide applies to the all of the adapters in the AirPcap Product Family including
the Classic, Tx, and Nx.
Requirements
• The minimum requirements to install and run the AirPcap Software are:
• Pentium 3 processor
• 256 Mbyte RAM
• USB 2.0 interface
• One of the following operating systems: Microsoft® Windows 2000,
Windows XP (32/64), Windows 2003 Server (32/64), Windows Vista (32/64),
Windows 7 (32/64).
What is in the Box
• One adapter from the AirPcap Product Family
• This Installation Guide
• The AirPcap Software Distribution CD
• Two (AirPcap Nx) Pigtails: 45 cm MC to SMA cables
• Two (AirPcap Nx) 2.4GHz band 5dBi antennas
What is on the CD
The AirPcap Software Distribution CD contains:
• The AirPcap driver, needed to use the adapter
• This Installation Guide
• The AirPcap Family of Wireless Capture Adapters User’s Guide
• The Wireshark® Network Analyzer
• A folder with additional programs
• Resources for developers interested in directly accessing the AirPcap adapter
from their applications
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Driver Installation
Important: Do NOT insert your adapter before installing the software.
Please follow the steps below and this guide will inform you
when it is appropriate to insert the adapter.
To install the software, follow these steps:
1.Power on your PC.
2.If you have a previous version of the AirPcap Software Distribution already
installed in your system, uninstall it by clicking on:
Start » Control Panel » Add or Remove Programs » AirPcap Software
3.Insert the AirPcap Software Distribution CD into your CD drive.
4.The CD setup page should appear automatically. If it does not, please select
your CD-Rom Drive manually to open the setup page.
Figure 1: The CD Setup Page – Install Driver.
5.Click on “Install Driver” to initiate the installation.
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6.Follow the installation instructions. The installer tries to detect if WinPcap
is already installed in the machine, and if the installed WinPcap version
supports AirPcap wireless capture. If not, you will need to upgrade WinPcap
during the installation.
7.Upon completing the software installation, reboot the system if requested.
Important: Now plug your adapter into an appropriate port on your
machine.
Depending on the operating system version, when you plug the adapter in for
the first time, Windows may show the “Found New Hardware Wizard” (Figure 2).
Figure 2: Found New Hardware Wizard
Any time this happens, answer these questions (if they appear) in the following
way:
Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?
» Select “No, not this time”
What do you want the wizard to do?
» Select “Install the software automatically”
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Wireshark Network Analyzer Installation
Wireshark, previously known as Ethereal, is the
world’s most used network analyzer. It is used by
network professionals for troubleshooting, analysis, software and protocol
development, and education. Your AirPcap Wireless adapter has been
integrated into Wireshark. Once you have installed Wireshark you can
immediately start capturing and analyzing 802.11 traffic.
To install Wireshark, follow these steps:
1.If you have a previous version of Wireshark already installed in your system,
uninstall it by clicking on:
Start » Control Panel » Add or Remove Programs » Wireshark
Figure 3: The CD Setup Page – Wireshark Installation
2.Insert the AirPcap Software Distribution CD into your CD drive.
3.The CD setup page should appear automatically. If it does not, please select
your CD-Rom Drive manually to open the setup page.
4.Click on “Install the Wireshark Analyzer” to initiate the installation.
5.Follow the installation instructions.
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Additional Tools Installation
Additional AirPcap-compatible programs can be found in the installation CD,
by clicking on the “browse CD” button from the CD setup page, and then
opening the programs folder.
Developers Resources Installation
Riverbed provides a developer’s pack with everything you need for using an
AirPcap adapter in your application for capturing 802.11 packets:
• Include and lib files
• Online API documentation
• A ready-to-compile set of example programs that shows how to configure
the adapter and capture packets
The AirPcap Developer’s pack can be found in the “developers” folder of the
AirPcap Software Distribution CD. To use it, just copy the folder to your hard
disk, and click on “StartHere.html”.
The developer’s folder also contains a copy of the WinPcap developer’s pack, in
the “WinPcap_Devpack” subfolder. The AirPcap adapters are 100% compatible
with WinPcap, and this makes it straightforward to add 802.11 support to your
existing WinPcap-based application.
If you are interested in adding support for the AirPcap adapters in your
program, you can contact Riverbed support.
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Riverbed Technology
199 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: +1 415 247 8800
Fax: +1 415 247 8801
www.riverbed.com
Part Number: 712-00080-01 Rev. A
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