nRF Sniffer for 802.15.4 Desktop tool

A helpful and valuable 802.15.4 sniffer for learning and debugging

nRF Sniffer for 802.15.4 is a helpful and valuable tool for learning and debugging 802.15.4 protocols, like Thread and Zigbee. It offers a real-time display of what is happening on air. The packets from the different protocols layers are dissected, so that headers and payloads can be inspected. It provides details and accurate information about packet timestamp, received signal strength indicator (RSSI), link quality indicator (LQI), channel and more.

Learn how the protocol behaves and what kind of packets that are being sent back and forth between the devices. Or use it as a debugging tool, to figure out what is going on when the protocol behavior isn’t as expected. In addition to real-time display, the sniffer traces can be exported. It is typically a good idea to attach a sniffer trace when you are asking a question on DevZone, if there is a suspicion that the problem at hand is protocol related.

The nRF Sniffer for 802.15.4 is a cross-platform tool that uses Wireshark as a front end, Windows, Linux and macOS are supported. See the documentation for detailed instructions on how to configure Wireshark to decode Thread and Zigbee packets.

This is an incredibly valuable tool, the only hardware needed is either an nRF52840 DK or nRF52840 Dongle, all the software is free.

Key features

802.15.4 sniffer

Thread and Zigbee

Windows 32/64 support

Linux support

macOS support