I've had a few requests for a user/admin guide for the Air Observer app. I usually brush them off because writing user guides is boring, but one evening the stars lined up and the attached document materialised.
Here's the intro:
AirO is intended for technical and not-too-technical owners of Wi-Fi capable Android devices. It displays the health of the Wi-Fi (“Local Area”) connection, and measures the characteristics of a “Wide Area” connection to a server deeper in the network. It can be used to answer questions like:
And it's on the Google Play Store here:
When will this be available for iOS?
I'm working on it... All the pieces are there, but Apple now requires everything to run in 64-bit mode and that proved more difficult than I expected. I hope to have something on the app store by the end of April.
It's up on the Apple App Store now.
(I submitted it for review on 27 April... it took 2+ weeks to get through 2 review cycles to approval but future updates should be faster.)
A few notes on setting it up:
- Finding own MAC depends on the mDNS clearpass lookup. This is necessary for AirWave reporting, as iOS doesn't give the MAC to an app and AirWave won't index the report without a valid client MAC.
- Best to set up your own iPerf server, but it should fall back to the cloud server at 54.201... There's a fall-through list of addresses in "settings" with 54.201... at the bottom.
- The mDNS/AirGroup discovery works for me, but it's a little complicated. I would not be surprised if there are bugs. Server addresses can be over-ridden in "settings" but I'm aiming for a zero-config app off the app store (see other posts on mDNS for discovery).
- The currently-shipping AirWave won't show much for this app, but those with access to the Aruba keynote server will be able to see more in the way of reported information.
Let me know how it goes?
Is the AirWave hook in the Android version as well?
Yes Tim, they act (almost) the same. Both send the AirWave report in the background.
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