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I was wondering what other folks are doing for "client location" in cases where you have a problem with a client, random interference, trying to locate a stolen device, etc. We are an Aruba shop and have Airwave, which will get you in the general vicinity; but in crowded or multi-floor buildings it's really just a rough guesstimate. There are numerous tracking / pinging / location utilities for identifying APs, but not that much for tracking actual clients. I would guess you need a promiscuous mode wireless adapter/driver combination and some sort of directional antenna at the very least, but rather than second guess myself and start playing around with Pringles cans I thought I'd ask first rather than reinventing the wheel. Thanks in advance, Jeff ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at


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I got a Fluke AirCheck this summer and have found its locate feature to work quite well with the (optional) directional antenna. It graphs the signal strength and also can play sounds (lower/slower = farther, higher/quicker = closer). My student workers have been able to quickly pick up how to use it and effectively track down devices. Josh Robertson Network Systems Senior Engineer Old Dominion University Office of Computing & Communications Services (757)683-5046

I've used the AirWave Management Client on a laptop before which can help you hunt down a device. You can download it from inside the AirWave GUI under Documentation.



Tim Cappalli, ACMP CCNA | (802) 626-6456
Assistant Network Administrator

Office of Information Technology (OIT) | Lyndon

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On 9/21/2012 2:37 PM, Cappalli, Tim G @ LSC-OIT wrote:

But as far as I can tell, it only locates APs, not clients.

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