FOR 2.4 AND 5 GHz WIFI ACCORDING TO IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

The WaveXpert can be used to record and analyze WIFI transmissions (with Wireshark) that are exchanged between two or more participants in his environment. WIFI transmissions according to the international standard IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac can be recorded. WLAN devices whose transmissions are recorded are, for example for mobile devices such as notebooks, smartphones or PDAs, but also permanently installed equipment such as WIFI access points, WLAN printers or PCs with WIFI cards. The WaveXpert is available in two versions, as WaveXpert 1 (2.4 & 5 GHz, 4 channels with 20/40/80 MHz and up to 3x3 MIMO) and as WaveXpert 2 (5 GHz, 4 channels with 20/40/80/160 MHz and up to 4x4 MIMO).

What is recorded

The special feature of WaveXpert is that not only user data but also management and control information is received loss-free and stored for further analysis. The unit operates in passive mode only, WIFI transmissions are only received and nothing sent.

How data is collected

The WaveXpert is designed as a peripheral device for PCs, which have a Thunderbolt™ 3 interface. The data collected by the WaveXpert is transmitted via the Thunderbolt™ 3 interface to the PC and is stored in the PC’s memory. There the data can be displayed and analyzed with Wireshark.


For the operation and configuration of the WaveXpert such as for example the definition of the reception channels or of the channel bandwidth a user interface with a Linux Live operating system on the PC is supplied.

External power connection (power-in socket)

In order to conserve the laptop‘s battery life and to operate the WaveXpert with larger channel bandwidths, the WaveXpert can be supplied via an external power supply. You can use Powerbanks, which should be able to supply a voltage between 12 and 20 V. Devices which are available for additional charging of laptops are suitable for this purpose. The plug of this external power supply, must be compatible with the power socket of the WaveXpert. The polarity of the contacts in the Power-In jack is like shown in the picture. The center pin must be connected to the positive pole. The center pin of the Power-In socket has a diameter of 2.5 mm.

Benefits / Why WaveXpert

  • Captures in monitoring mode the important management frames (incl. radio tap header)
  • Multichannel, Multi-MIMO capture
  • Visibility of “roaming processes”
  • Saves captures in PCAP format (with Wireshark)
  • 4 Wi-Fi cards with 16 antennas in one tidy case
  • 20 GBit/s Thunderbolt Interface




External data interface to PCThunderbolt™ 3
Cable between device and PCThunderbolt™ certified with at least 20 Gbit/s
Data rate
Power consumption via
Thunderbolt™ from PC
15 W (max)
Housing protectionIP20
Power ConnectionSocket DC In 12 V to 20 V / 2 A (max)
5.5 mm Plug diameter
2.5 mm Center Pin Diameter
Operating temperature range0 - 35°C
10 - 90% RH non-condensing
Housing dimensions200 x 135 x 40 mm
Weight (without cable)0,5 kg
ConformityCE: RED directive 2014/53/EU
CE: ROHS Directive 2011/65/EU
USA/Canada: FCC
WLAN standardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (up tp160 MHz)
Frequency2,4 GHz: 2.412 bis 2.472 GHz
5 GHz: 5.180 bis 5.825 GHz
Max. channel bandwidth20/40/80/160 MHz
Simultaneously recordable channels4 (8 with two WaveXperts)

Scope of delivery

Scope of delivery

  • WaveXpert device
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 Cable
  • USB stick with operating software
  • Quickstart manual
  • Softbag

Order number

Order number: 226559 - WaveXpert 1 (2.4 & 5 GHz, 4 Channels with  20/40/80 MHz up to 3x3 MIMO)

Order number: 226560 - WaveXpert 2 (5 GHz, 4 Channels with 20/40/80/160 MHz up to 4x4 MIMO)


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