Knowledgebase: CommView WiFi

When monitoring a WLAN, can I be sure that the program will capture every packet being sent or received?
No, and here is why. When a wireless station is connected and authenticated, the station and access point(s) employ a mechanism that allows them to resend the packets that were not received by the other party or damaged en route for some reason (e.g. radio interference). In case of CommView for WiFi, the wireless adapter is put into passive, monitoring mode. Therefore, the adapter cannot send "requests" to have packets resent, nor can it acknowledge successful receipt of packets. This results in loss of some packets. The percentage of lost packets may vary. Generally, the closer to other stations and access points you are, the fewer packets will be dropped.
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