If you don’t have a wireless network and you do not need to validate that you don’t have a wireless network, you can blithely ignore what I’m going to say here. However, if you don’t have a wireless network, and you need to ensure that you don’t, then this post may be of some interest to you. There are a number of reasons why you have a no wireless policy, from worries about security to compliance issues.
Tools like the Test-Um Wi-Net are great for trouble shooting wireless networks. But, Wi-Net falls a long way short of giving you real technical insight into your wireless network. What do you do if you need more? Say, you need to capture packets and the like. One solution is to use the WireShark + AirPcap combination. WireShark I’m sure most of you have heard of. Formerly known as Ethereal, it is a very capable open source packet capture tool for a variety of platforms including Microsoft Windows.