Create network capture file on a Psion terminal

Article ID: 18553660


Topic or Information

How to create a network capture file (netlog) on Psion device?

Applies To

7530 G2 
Workabout Pro 3 
Workabout Pro 4 


Create network capture file on a Psion terminal

Regardless of the type of application running on the terminal, netlog can provide some feedback about the traffic that is being sent and received on the wireless (or wired) network.
Windows CE5.0, CE6.0, Windows Mobile 6.x and Windows Embedded Handheld (WEH) 6.5 ship with the ability to capture netlog out of the box.

It will greatly aid the analysis of the captures if the user can tell us the following:

  • Time of event(s)
  • Host / Terminal IP address
  • Specific messages on terminal when event happens

Windows CE 4.2 & Windows CE 5.0

The Zebra Mobile Computing Support group can provide a set of files to add netlog capture to Windows CE 4.2 terminals. When netlog is installed, the terminal will accept the following set of commands to begin and end netlog capture:

netlogctl start

netlogctl stop

By default, these commands will create a file (or set of files) in the root folder with the name netlog0.cap (and netlog1.cap).  Once one file is full, the second will be overwritten.

There is more information available on netlog command line switches available from Microsoft:

Windows CE 6.0, Windows Mobile 6.x and WEH 6.5

Psion has added a logging utility 'Dr. Debug' to both Windows Mobile 6.x and Windows CE 6.0 which enables the user to begin and end capture with some options. Within this tool is a Utilities tab which can be used to start and end network interface capture.

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Windows CE 6.0

Start> Settings> Control Panel> Dr. Debug> Utilities tab

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Windows Mobile 6.x

Start> Settings> System tab> Dr. Debug> Utilities tab

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Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5

Start> Settings> System> Dr. Debug> Utilities tab

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To collect the log file(s), switch back to Status tab then click on [Browse logs...]

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