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If you see any weird non broadcast wifi networks with mac beginning in 62:45:b0 look for xbox one in area.  The controllers appear to connect on a random UNII 1 channel.    This is pic of spectrum when controller in use.

 

 

https://apps.fcc.gov/tcb/GetTcb731Report.do?applicationId=625076&fcc_id=C3K1537   à fcc id for the xbox one controller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trenton Hurt, CWNA, CWSP, CCNP(W), CCNA(W), CCNA(V), CCNA(R/S)

Wireless Network Administrator

University of Louisville

Phone (502) 852-1513

FAX (502) 852-1424

 

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It’s nice to see our counterparts at U of L having so much fun working hard.

 

Thanks for sharing this. Prime Infrastructure shows access points picking up on xbox’s frequently. I assume we would see a similar pattern from the other console controllers?

 

Andy

 

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I don’t see them in PI 1.4, with wlc ver. 7.4, 7.5, or 7.6.  At least not reporting as a clean air event.   Guessing might need some kind of clean air signature update.  I do see quite a few ad-hoc rogues in PI beginning with 62:45:b0 though.    I was actually onsite in a student room running troubles and I was seeing this weird non broadcast network.  I was able to track it to another student’s room where the xbox one was at.

 

I am sorry that you are having to deal with this issue, but every time it comes up I feel a little less crazy. I worked with Network World on reporting the same issue with the Xbox 360 back in 2008: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/011108-microsoft-xbox-wireless-signal.html Microsoft declined to comment, even though I was absolutely sure of what I was seeing.

 

Here is a screenshot from Cognio back then. The big swath of blue space is when I pulled the plug on the console. http://people.morrisville.edu/~barbermj/xboxspectrogram.JPG

 

Sadly, I don’t really have much to recommend. The 360 controllers only showed up in 2.4 GHz, so seeing them up in the 5 GHz might make this an even bigger issue. Performance can be fairly poor when you have a hallway full of Xboxen.

 

Matt Barber ‘06

Network and Systems Manager

Morrisville State College

315-684-6053

 

I also found this in another student room.

 

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As you can see from the pics it just picks random channels in 2.4GHz.  It changed channels when powered off/on. 

 

Definitely not crazy at all - I found a single Xbox that was crippling the entire 2.4 band in one of our fraternity houses. I just wish I had known about that article back when we found the damned thing! Anybody want to host a site where we can submit our spectrum analysis snapshots of this kind of garbage? If nothing else it should make for an entertaining read now and then =) Frank Sweetser fs at wpi.edu | For every problem, there is a solution that Manager of Network Operations | is simple, elegant, and wrong. Worcester Polytechnic Institute | - HL Mencken On 02/26/2014 01:56 PM, Barber, Matt wrote: > I am sorry that you are having to deal with this issue, but every time it > comes up I feel a little less crazy. I worked with Network World on reporting > the same issue with the Xbox 360 back in 2008: > http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/011108-microsoft-xbox-wireless-sig... > Microsoft declined to comment, even though I was absolutely sure of what I was > seeing. ** > > ** > > Here is a screenshot from Cognio back then. The big swath of blue space is > when I pulled the plug on the console. > http://people.morrisville.edu/~barbermj/xboxspectrogram.JPG > > Sadly, I don’t really have much to recommend. The 360 controllers only showed > up in 2.4 GHz, so seeing them up in the 5 GHz might make this an even bigger > issue. Performance can be fairly poor when you have a hallway full of Xboxen. > > *Matt Barber ‘06* > > Network and Systems Manager > > Morrisville State College > > 315-684-6053 > > *
Would be a good one to submit to MetaGeek to include in their Channelyzer signatures. -Lee Badman
Nice. Thanks for sharing the spectrum captures. Do you ever go as far as creating custom signatures in Channalyzer, when you spot things like this? I've played w/ it, but I was just thinking it would be nice to have a repository of sigs (as seen by others).

Mike Albano


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