Wireless Endpoint: Frequently Asked Questions
Posted by Vincent De Maertelaere, Last modified by Craig Godbold on 17 August 2023 08:44 AM

Since the ByteBlower Wireless Endpoint app runs on a lot of hardware and operating system configuration, some questions are asked at regular intervals.

The most common questions are listed below.

Wi-Fi statistics availability

Q: The Wi-Fi statistics have strange values in them?

A: The ByteBlower Wireless Endpoint tries to collect as much statistics as it can.  In modern operating systems (like iOS, Android...), the access to some of these statistics is restricted, other statistics are not available at all.  This is usually done to protect the privacy of the end-user.  When the ByteBlower Wireless Endpoint is not able to collect a parameter, it will return a default value.  The defaults are listed below:

  • SSID: an empty string
  • BSSID: the null-MAC address: 00:00:00:00:00:00
  • RSSI: -1
  • Channel number: -1
  • Tx rate: -1

Q: On Android, the Wi-Fi statistics are missing

A: Android uses a permission system to grant apps access to certain components of the operating system.  Wi-Fi parameters are part of the location permission.  Granting this permission to the ByteBlower Wireless Endpoint app enables it to collect these.  Also location must be enabled.

Q: On iOS, the Wi-Fi statistics are missing

A: iOS does not provide access to the RSSI, Channel number and Tx Rate, so the Wireless Endpoint will always return -1 as value.


Q: The Wireless Endpoint announces the wrong IP address

A: The application collects all available IP addresses on the device it is running on.  The first IP address found, is shown in the ByteBlower GUI.

Windows 10 provides the last known IP address of an interface even when the interface is down (e.g. the Ethernet cable was disconnected from the interface).

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