• Tony Fortunato

“Its Dead Jim” Looking into a SSID Issue With My NetAlly Aircheck G2

When troubleshooting WiFi issues, the last thing I want to do is worry about having issues with my laptop and trying to figure out how to do specific things.

For example, if you have 5 access points with the same SSID, can you connect to a specific BSSID using your Windows, Linux, Android or MAC for testing?

I’ve gone through various hacks, special drivers and all sorts of technical gymnastics to get my laptop to do specific WiFi troubleshooting tasks. That might be fine for learning and playing in the lab but not very practically when you have to troubleshoot on the fly.

In this scenario, I wanted to verify that a specific SSID was working on two access points. I ask this question all the time “are all your access points supporting your SSID’s?”. I ask because it is hard to verify if this is the case.

In some environments, you can go to your wireless controller, or to specific access points to confirm who is connected to it. But then you need the mac address of the device and in some cases, the support staff doesn’t have access to the controller or access point.

This is when I prefer to use my NetAlly AirCheck G2 since I can use it to connect to specific access points and run tests. In this video, I show you how I tested and proved if both access points were working properly.

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