Analysing WiFi networks on Windows with Acrylic
Most software for viewing information from WiFi networks have always had several limitations that have prevented the public approaching. Either they are complex and require advanced technical knowledge to understand the information or they are products which don’t show all information a user may be interested in, such as knowing who is connected to a WLAN network on Windows.
Acrylic WiFi is the name of the WLAN software in which Tarlogic, Spanish start-up specialized in IT security and ethical hacking, has been working on during the last two years, and today we publish the v1.0 version. Acrylic is a Free WiFi sniffer developed for Windows systems and which aims to bring everyone in a friendly way information about WiFi networks. Here we have 10 basic things you can do with Acrylic WiFi on Windows.
Connected clients information: Acrylic displays the list of all WiFi access points available and this list also displays information about the WiFi devices connected to the network.
Devices: We may obtain a complete list of all WiFi devices found to reach, not only online access points and clients, through the “Stations” window. Each device is classified by its behaviour depending on whether it is functioning as an access point, it is connected, it is requesting networks, if we have discovered its presence actively because the device has sent data, or passively, because we have seen a WiFi packet intended for a device we have not seen actively.
Signal: We may obtain detailed graphics on the level or quality of WiFi signal, each of the detected devices and WiFi hotspots. The higher the signal the better the transmission speed and we will be closer to the device. It is possible to highlight the signal of a device or hiding it by unchecking the device input on the device window.
Inventory: Each WiFi device has a unique address called MAC, which is a chain of the form xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx. As remembering MAC addresses is not practical, Acrylic allows you to simply name the devices you know and which will always appear with that name in the networks or devices lists.
WiFi Passwords Identification: Most home routers are configured with factory passwords. These passwords are sometimes generated from data known as the MAC address of the WiFi router and the network name. Acrylic provides support scripts that generate possible passwords of WiFi network for various models and display them on screen.
Channels: Each WiFi network is broadcasting the signal by a channel or a different frequency, e.g. WiFi routers b/g/n (2.4 GHz) that may be between channel 1 and 14. It is possible to observe how WiFi networks are distributed on the frequency of 2.4 GHz and on 5 GHz (a/c) if supported by our card. The greater the number of networks on the same channel or adjacent channels, the greater the noise and interference. The network view can help in selecting free channels in which to put our network and to improve access speed.
List of requested networks: Our mobile devices or laptops ask periodically for WiFi networks you connected to in the past. This information is recorded on Acrylic WiFi.
Authentication and Encryption: We can see information about how secure is a network WiFi. If it is an open WiFi networks that doesn’t require password, if it uses WEP encryption, WPA or WPA2, or personally, also called PSK (Pre Shared Key) or with business security, also called MGT. A WPA or WPA2 network can be using security features such as TKIP or the newest and the most secure AES CCMP.
Device details: Some devices send information about themselves in WiFi packets. This information, also called WPS, can find information such as the device model.
Share on Twitter: If you press the right mouse button on Acrylic you will be able to tweet screenshots of the networks. If this is the first time you do it, it will ask you to authorize Acrylic WiFi to publish these messages in your account.
Analyze your WiFi networks on Windows with any card:
Remember that you do not need special hardware to run it. With Acrylic, a new driver that allows to read directly WiFi traffic with most cards is installed. Depending on the card type and the driver version, the read information and signal will be more accurate.
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