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The best Bluetooth low energy sniffer tutorial (Connections)

By Mohammad Afaneh | |

A BLE sniffer can be very handy. 3 primary use cases come to mind: Debug problems with BLE connections Reverse engineer a BLE device Last but not least, as a way to learn about how BLE works and understand how data gets transferred between Central and Peripheral In the previous blog post and video on BLE sniffers we went over how to use the TI CC2540 BLE sniffer to detect advertisement data. In this video we’ll go over how to use the same BLE sniffer to capture and follow connections between a Central device and Peripheral device. To illustrate the use…

The best Bluetooth low energy sniffer tutorial (Advertisement Data)

By Mohammad Afaneh | |

In the previous blog post, we went over the different BLE sniffers available in the market and compared the pros and cons of each. In this video below we walk through a live demo of capturing BLE advertisements using the TI CC2540 USB Dongle BLE sniffer. We look at the different aspects of the captured advertisement data and understand each part. Bluetooth low energy Advertisement Data Packet number: the sequence of packets received by the sniffer. Timestamp: (starting from 0) and the time difference since the previous packet was received. Channel number: (depends on what channel you set in the…

How to use a Bluetooth (BLE) sniffer without pulling your hair out!

By Mohammad Afaneh | |

How to use a Bluetooth Low Energy sniffer without pulling your hair out! While working on a client’s project it became necessary to use a Bluetooth Low Energy sniffer to debug some weird behavior happening with the data transfers between the master and slave device. I had read quite a bit about BLE sniffing before and talked to a few people in the industry to get their feedback on the different options out there, but I hadn’t actually done much with one until recently. The purpose of this blog post to be the first of a series covering the topic of Bluetooth Low Energy…

BLE connection intervals and events in under 5 minutes

By Mohammad Afaneh | |

  Understand BLE connection intervals and events in under 5 minutes A BLE connection interval is the time between two data transfer events (BLE connection events) between the central and the peripheral device. The theoretical value ranges from 7.5 ms to 4 secs (with increments of 1.25 ms). A few notes regarding BLE connection intervals: The connection is established with the interval parameter value set by the master (central) device. However, the peripheral may suggest/request different values. The master still has the final say in the values and may end up choosing values different than but closer to the requested values.…

The Basics of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

By Mohammad Afaneh | |

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a low power wireless technology used for connecting devices with each other. BLE operates in the 2.4 GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical) band, and is targeted towards applications that need to consume less power and may need to run on batteries for longer periods of time—months, and even years. Bluetooth started as a short-distance cable replacement technology. For example, to replace wires in devices such as a mouse, keyboard, or a PC communicating with a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) which were popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The first official version of Bluetooth was released by Ericsson in 1994, named…

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