Visualize Wireless Network Data with MetaGeek

March 27, 2012

9:00 am

What if understanding and analyzing your Wi-Fi network were as easy as pie? With MetaGeek’s latest innovation, it can be as easy as a pie chart.

At next week’s Tech Cocktail Boise event, the MetaGeek team will be displaying their latest software development. Eye P.A. is an 802.11 packet capture visualization software designed for Wi-Fi professionals.  Before Eye P.A., people had to navigate through a dense grid of packet data that resembled a text dump of tens of thousands of bits of data. Eye P.A. takes this data and turns it into colorful multi-layered pie charts for easy network troubleshooting, quickly highlighting trends and issues.

Led by an experienced and dedicated team, MetaGeek’s passion is building beautiful visualization tools that quickly and reliably help wireless professionals – at an affordable price.

Back in 2005, MetaGeek’s “Chief Geek,” Ryan Woodings was working on short-range wireless technology. At his old office, he and his engineer colleagues shared a single spectrum analyzer; it was big, cumbersome, and expensive. According to Woodings:

I was tired of having the spectrum analyzer cart in my cubicle, so one night I starting hacking some firmware and software to create the first Wi-Spy. Sure, it wasn’t nearly as sophisticated as the Agilent spectrum analyzer I had been using, but it was a lot smaller and easier to use, which was pretty cool.  I figured maybe other people would think it was cool too… and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, MetaGeek is a small tight-knit team of self-described geeks who are creating easy-to-use wireless troubleshooting tools. You can meet the geeks from MetaGeek, and check out Eye P.A. for yourself, at our Boise event next week.

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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.

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