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Capturing traffic from device not supporting wifi router radio type

asked 2018-10-06 14:18:05 +0000

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updated 2018-10-06 15:47:21 +0000

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My wifi router only supports 802.11n, my device supports 802.11ac. If the router and device support two different radio types, will Wireshark still capture traffic from the device that supports 802.11ac?

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Do you really mean, as suggested by the title of the question, that your device supports 11ac but doesn't support 11n? That seems unlikely - as far as I know, most Wi-Fi-capable hardware supports all older PHYs that use frequency bands that the hardware supports, so 11ac devices also support 11n, for example.

Guy Harris gravatar imageGuy Harris ( 2018-10-06 18:46:39 +0000 )edit

@Guy, I may have incorrectly stated the radio type. Thank you for the feedback!

GG gravatar imageGG ( 2018-10-06 19:08:19 +0000 )edit

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answered 2018-10-07 02:21:03 +0000

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So, since your device almost certainly supports 802.11n as well as 802.11ac (and may also support some older Wi-Fi standards) - if it talks to your router, it obviously MUST support 802.11n, as the router doesn't support 802.11ac! - it will be able to capture traffic to and from the router.

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