Introducing Chanalyzer 6
MetaGeek has introduced Chanalyzer 6, a rebranded version of their Tonic to...
Over the last year, the small MetaGeek dev team has been hard at work on making our Tonic product into a fantastic Wi-Fi troubleshooting tool. Since July 2022, we’ve released, among other things:
With all of the new functionality, it became clear that Tonic had better channel analysis than Chanalyzer (5) itself. In a way, it was more deserving of the title “Channel Analyzer”, which is how Chanalyzer got its name. Since Tonic is the future of MetaGeek tools, and we didn’t want to mess with a good thing, we bestowed the product name on the tool formerly known as Tonic. Now, the legacy Chanalyzer product, which went to version 5, goes by “Chanalyzer 5” and Tonic has been re-named Chanalyzer 6.
Chanalyzer 6 can identify MAC addresses on a channel and show the airtime per device.
Here Chanalyzer 6 shows every Wi-Fi client it hears on a channel, and displays the Airtime below. This will help you understand how many clients may be affected by poor airtime results.
This shows the airtime of a single Access Point radio and all of its top talkers. You’ll notice the largest slice of congestion comes from neighboring access point radios (gray).
Chanalyzer 6 is the most complete package for any engineer doing spectrum and Wi-Fi analysis. Here are the new additions:
When Wi-Fi issues force users to purchase tools, often they are stuck deciding whether they need to troubleshoot Layer 1 (spectrum) or Layer 2 (802.11 frames). The reality is, they probably need both. Chanalyzer 6 captures and plays back both in a single file.
|Feature||Chanalyzer 5||Chanalyzer 6|
|Real-Time Signal Strength||X||X|
|Spectrum Analysis Capture||X||X|
|Find non-Wi-Fi Interference||X||X|
|Capture Playback and Navigation||X||X|
|Spectrum Highlight Inspector||X|
|Zoom Resolution Enhancing||X|
|Spectrum-Based Device Finder||X|
|Wi-Fi Client Finder||X|
|Spectrum with WiPry Clarity||X|
|Multi-Channel Wi-Fi Capture||X|
|Visual .pcap Analysis||X|
|Live Wi-Fi Traffic Analysis||X|
|Export .pcap to Wireshark||X|
|Failed Connection Reason Codes||X|
|Local Area Network Scanning||X|
|Intelligent Capture for Roaming Devices||X|
|Network Coverage Thresholds||X|
|Wi-Fi Event Detection||X|
|Rolling 1-Hour Captures||X|
|Spectrum and .pcap File Format||X|
Wi-Fi administrators trust MetaGeek solutions to provide visibility into the spectrum their devices use, no matter the band, so when Wi-Fi 6E came on to the scene, we had to answer the call. MetaGeek’s Wi-Spy DBx hardware, a dual-band spec-an favorite for over a decade, didn’t support 6 GHz, so we looked to our hardware partner Oscium for a solution. To continue to support our customers using Wi-Fi 6E and beyond, we’ve integrated Chanalyzer 6 with Oscium’s WiPry Clarity hardware, which scans all three available Wi-Fi bands (2.4, 5, and 6 GHz). Chanalyzer 6 + WiPry Clarity is now a reliable affordable solution for tri-band spectrum analysis.
Chanalyzer 5 will eventually sunset, but not today! If you’re already using Chanalyzer 5, please feel free to continue using it. We recommend giving Chanalyzer 6 a try though!
The Wi-Spy DBx is no longer available for purchase. Customers purchasing the WiPry Clarity will use Chanalyzer 6.
Customers that have Chanalyzer 5 from an Enterprise Suite subscription will automatically gain entitlement to Chanalyzer 6. Enjoy!
Customers that previously purchased a Wi-Spy and wish to upgrade to Chanalyzer 6 should contact MetaGeek Support as we will be able to offer a discount for users trading in their old license.
We’ll continue to improve the feature parity of Chanalyzer 5 and 6. Please let us know what you feel is missing or could be improved!
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