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Great troubleshooting / survey tablet: Dell Venue 8 Pro

I recently purchased a Dell Venue 8 Pro when they were running early bird sales at the Microsoft Store ($199). You can get them right now for around $239 if you hunt! This little guy packs a punch and is fantastic for running your wireless troubleshooting and survey utilities like Chanalyzer (Wi-Spy DBx), inSSIDer, Wireshark (with AirPCAP Nx), AirMagnet Survey, etc.

 

Using a USB OTG adapter (converts micro-USB to full size female), you can plug in all of your favorite adapters and use velcro to attach it to the back of the tablet.

 

The tablet is very, very light and very thin. Definitely the most comfortable 8" tablet that I have used. The rubber back makes it very easy to hold when working in the field. It runs full Windows so all of your existing devices and software will run without an issue.

 

Some specs:

  • 2GB RAM
  • About 9 hours of battery (confirmed)
  • Quad Core Processor
  • 1280x800 screen
  • Dual-band 2x2 11n wireless (can use an 11ac USB)

 

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Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480

Re: Great troubleshooting / survey tablet: Dell Venue 8 Pro

Very "handy'!  Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Great troubleshooting / survey tablet: Dell Venue 8 Pro

Tim,

 

What is the internal wireless adapter that this thing uses?

 

Thanks


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Guru Elite

Re: Great troubleshooting / survey tablet: Dell Venue 8 Pro

It is a Dell Wireless 1538 which uses a Qualcomm Atheros AR6004 chipset.

 

http://www.qca.qualcomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/AR6004.pdf

 


Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
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Re: Great troubleshooting / survey tablet: Dell Venue 8 Pro

Nice! Not to laggy? If not that is perfect.
Sean Rynearson
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Re: Great troubleshooting / survey tablet: Dell Venue 8 Pro

AirMagnet is a little bit laggy, but lighter stuff like Chanalyzer, inSSIDer, Wireshark, Omnipeek etc all work great. I also use this as my personal consumption device and I'm always impressed by the performance.


Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
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Re: Great troubleshooting / survey tablet: Dell Venue 8 Pro

Hey! Im having trouble finding a USB cable that will work with the Venue 8 and the Wi Spy DBx. Can you point me in the right direction?

Thanks!

Guru Elite

Re: Great troubleshooting / survey tablet: Dell Venue 8 Pro

I'm using this one:

 

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10833&cs_id=1083314&p_id=9724&seq=1&format=2

 


Tim Cappalli | Aruba Security TME
@timcappalli | timcappalli.me | ACMX #367 / ACCX #480
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