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SmartRF Packet Sniffer 2

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PACKET-SNIFFER:
SmartRF Protocol Packet Sniffer

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ACTIVE v2.18.1  30-Jun-2014 
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Description

SmartRF Packet Sniffer 2

SmartRF Packet Sniffer 2 includes software and firmware to capture and display over-the-air packets. The capture device is connected to the PC via USB. SmartRF Packet Sniffer 2 supports the CC13xx and CC26xx family of devices as capture device and uses Wireshark for packet display and filtering. The supported protocols are listed in the table below.

SmartRF Packet Sniffer 2 includes the following components:

  • PC tool (SmartRF Sniffer Agent) for configuration and communication with the capture device
  • Firmware that enables CC13xx or CC26xx Launchpads to be used as capture device
  • Firmware source code
  • Dissectors for Wireshark (IEEE 802.15.4ge and TI Radio Packet Info dissectors)

The SmartRF Sniffer Agent is used to configure and communicate with the capture device and forwards packets to Wireshark. SmartRF Sniffer Agent runs on Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Features:

  • Packet sniffer for IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee and Thread networks
  • Packet sniffer for IEEE 802.15.4ge (TI 15.4 Stack) networks
  • Packet sniffer for TI EasyLink protocol

The table below shows the supported protocols and which HW platform to use:

Protocol Capture device
IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee/Thread (2.4 GHz) LAUNCHXL-CC2650
LAUNCHXL-CC26X2R1
IEEE 802.15.4ge (sub-1 GHz) LAUNCHXL-CC1350
LAUNCHXL-CC1310
EasyLink (sub-1 GHz) LAUNCHXL-CC1350
LAUNCHXL-CC1310

Installation recommendations:

  • Download Wireshark version 2.4.x from https://www.wireshark.org/.
  • Install Wireshark version 2.4.x to default location on your machine.
  • Download the SmartRF Packet Sniffer 2 ZIP file to your hard drive.
  • Unzip the ZIP file.
  • Run the installer executable (requires administrator privileges) and follow the instructions.
  • When prompted “Copy dissector plugins to this Wireshark installation” click OK.
SmartRF Protocol Packet Sniffer

The SmartRF Packet Sniffer is a PC software application that can display and store radio packets captured by a listening RF device. The capture device is connected to the PC via USB. Various RF protocols are supported. The Packet Sniffer filters and decodes packets and displays them in a convenient way, with options for filtering and storage to a binary file format.

Features:

  • Packet sniffer for Bluetooth® low energy networks.
  • Packet sniffer for ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 networks.
  • Packet sniffer for RF4CE networks.
  • Packet sniffer for SimpliciTI™ networks.
  • Packet sniffer for generic protocols (raw packet data).
  • Save/Open file with captured packets.
  • Select fields to be displayed and hidden.
  • Filtering of packets to be displayed.
  • Packet details by display of raw data received by the radio.
  • Accurate timestamping of received packets.
  • Address book with list of all known nodes in the network.
  • A simple time line that displays all packets in the sequence they have been received.
  • Possibility to forward captured data to a UDP socket for real time monitoring of packets using custom tools.

The following combinations of protocols and capture devices are supported:

Protocol Version Capture device Can be used to capture packets from
Bluetooth®
low energy
Bluetooth core spec 4.0 CC2540 USB Dongle
CC2540EM+SmartRF05EB

CC2540
CC2541
CC2640, CC2650
Bluetooth® low energy devices

ZigBee 2007/PRO
2006
2003
CC2531 USB Dongle
CC2530EM+SmartRF05EB
CC2520EM+SmartRF05EB
CC2430EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC2431EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC2430DB
CC2420
CC2430, CC2431
CC2480
CC2520
CC2530, CC2531
CC2630, CC2650
ZigBee devices
2003 CC2420EM+CC2400EB
CC2420DB
ZigBee devices
RF4CE ZigBee RF4CE 1.0.1 CC2531 USB Dongle
CC2530EM+SmartRF05EB
CC2520EM+SmartRF05EB
CC2520EM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC2430EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC2431EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC2430DB
CC2533
CC2530
CC2531
CC2620, CC2650
ZigBee RF4CE devices
SimpliciTI 1.2.0
1.1.1
1.1.0
1.0.6
1.0.4
1.0.0
CC2531 USB Dongle
CC2530EM+SmartRF05EB
CC2520EM+SmartRF05EB
CC2520EM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC2430EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC2430DB
CC2430
CC2520
CC2530
CC1110EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC1101EM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC110LEM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC1111 USB Dongle
CC1100, CC1100E
CC1101
CC1110, CC1111
CC430
CC2510EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC2511 USB Dongle
CC2500
CC2510, CC2511
Generic Any CC2531 USB Dongle
CC2530EM+SmartRF05EB
CC2520EM+SmartRF05EB
CC2520EM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC2430EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC2431EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC2430DB
CC2420
CC2430, CC2431
CC2480
CC2520
CC2530, CC2531
CC2533
CC2630, CC2650
IEEE 802.15.4 compliant radios
CC1110EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC1101EM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC110LEM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC113LEM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC1120EM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC1121EM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC1125EM+SmartRF TrxEB
CC1111 USB Dongle
CC1310
CC1100, CC1100E
CC1101, CC1150
CC1110, CC1111
CC110L, CC115L
CC1120, CC1121
CC1125, CC1175
CC430
CC2510EM+SmartRF04EB/SmartRF05EB
CC2511 USB Dongle
CC2500, CC2550
CC2510, CC2511
CC2650

When sniffing in the sub-1 GHz frequency bands, you need hardware that supports the operating frequencies. Some of the capturing devices may not support all frequencies or operating modes supported by the devices being sniffed.

The packet sniffer used for CC2420DK or CC2420ZDK (with PCB boards CC2400EB + CC2420EM or CC2420DB) has some differences compared with the packet sniffer used for the other HW platforms. The filter features and the packet buffering are different. Please refer to the user manual for details.

SmartRF Packet Sniffer runs on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit) and Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit).

Installation recommendations:

  • Download the ZIP file to your hard drive.
  • Unzip the file.
  • Read the readme.txt file for information about the release.
  • Uninstall previous versions of the tool.
  • Run the set-up file and follow the instructions.

Technical Documents
User guides (1)
Title Abstract Type Size (KB) Date Views TI Recommends
PDF 1259 30 Jun 2014 6,127

Software (5)

Name Part Number Software Type
A fully compliant ZigBee 3.0 solution: Z-Stack 3.0  Z-STACK  Software Libraries 
Bluetooth low energy software stack  BLE-STACK  Software Libraries 
IEEE802.15.4 Medium Access control (MAC) software stack  TIMAC  Software Libraries 
RF4CE Compliant Protocol Stack  REMOTI  Software Libraries 
SimpliciTI Compliant Protocol Stack  SIMPLICITI  Software Libraries 

Development Tools (2)

Name Part Number Tool Type
SmartRF Studio  SMARTRFTM-STUDIO  Calculation Tools 
SmartRF Flash Programmer  FLASH-PROGRAMMER  Flash Programming Tools 

TI Devices (24)

Part Number Name Product Family
CC1101  Low-Power Sub-1GHz RF Transceiver  Companion Wireless Solutions 
CC110L  Value Line Sub-1 GHz Transceiver  Companion Wireless Solutions 
CC1110-CC1111  Sub-1 GHz wireless MCU with up to 32 kB Flash memory  SimpleLink wireless MCUs 
CC2420  Single-Chip 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 Compliant and ZigBee™ Ready RF Transceiver  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2430  System-on-Chip Solution for 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee™  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2500  Low Cost, Low-Power 2.4 GHz RF Transceiver Designed for Low-Power Wireless Apps in the 2.4 GHz ISM B  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2510  2.4-GHz Radio Transceiver, 8051 MCU, and 16KB or 32 KB Memory  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2511  2.4 GHz Radio Transceiver, 8051 MCU, 16KB or 32KB Flash memory and full-speed USB interface  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2520  Second generation 2.4 GHz ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 RF transceiver  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2530  Second Generation System-on-Chip Solution for 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 / RF4CE / ZigBee  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2530-RF4CE  Second Generation System-on-Chip Solution for 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 / RF4CE / ZigBee  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2531  System-on-Chip Solution for IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee Applications  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2531-RF4CE  Second Generation System-on-Chip Solution for 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 / RF4CE / ZigBee  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2533  A True System-on-Chip Solution for 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee Applications  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2538  A Powerful System-On-Chip for 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.15.4-2006 and ZigBee Applications  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2540  SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy wireless MCU with USB  Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 
CC2540T  Extended industrial temperature Bluetooth low energy wireless MCU  Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 
CC2541  SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy and proprietary wireless MCU  Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 
CC2620  SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless MCU for RF4CE  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2630  SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless MCU targeting Zigbee® and 6LoWPAN applications  Wireless Connectivity 
CC2640  SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless MCU for Bluetooth low energy  Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 
CC2640R2F  SimpleLink™ Bluetooth® low energy Wireless MCU  SimpleLink Solutions 
CC2640R2F-Q1  Automotive Qualified SimpleLink™ Bluetooth® low energy Wireless MCU  SimpleLink wireless MCUs 
CC2650  SimpleLink multi-standard 2.4 GHz ultra-low power wireless MCU  Multi-Standard 

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