Luxoft and dresden elektronik launch the BitCatcher Network Analyzer Stick

The BitCatcher network analyzer by Luxoft is now available on dresden elektronik wireless hardware.


Dresden March 12, 2013 Luxoft, a member of the IBS Group and a global provider of advanced application and product development services, and dresden elektronik, a full service provider for wireless network solutions, now offer a USB Radio Stick enabling analysis of wireless transmissions over IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee-based networks.


The BitCatcher wireless network analyzer, developed by Luxoft, is a simple and powerful tool for both US and European ISM bands. Coming pre-flashed with BitCatcher-enabled firmware, the devices are ready-to-use after unpacking. It is the perfect tool for developers as well as engaged users that want to have a close look at their network activities. The dresden elektronik Analyzer Stick BitCatcher for subGHz and 2.4GHz are available in the company’s online store at The BitCatcher network analyzer is now available for free download at


Strategic Alliance Benefits Network Developers

“Having a powerful network analyzer tool is essential for developers working on wireless solutions,” said Michael Minkevich, Luxoft’s Vice President of Technology Services. “Luxoft is proud to share its wireless expertise and offer a free network analyzer to the developer community. BitCatcher supports IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee-based networks in both 2.4 GHz and Sub-1 GHz bands. We hope it will become the tool of choice for developers around the globe. BitCatcher is free to download from our website, and we are pleased that dresden elektronik, a specialist in wireless sensor network solutions in Germany, will distribute its popular USB radio stick pre-loaded with free copies of BitCatcher software.” 


“We are always looking to provide our customers additional value with our high quality hardware products in the 802.15.4 market,” said Lutz Pietschmann, Managing Director at dresden elektronik. “Our handy USB radio sticks are perfectly suited for PC-WPAN connectivity. They are equipped with the industry-leading Atmel AT86 radio transceiver and Cortex M3 MCU which provides the essential power for handling the complex task of packet sniffing."


BitCatcher’s Feature-Rich Capabilities

For engineers working on products with ZigBee connectivity, BitCatcher is a powerful tool that can be used in every phase of product development, giving developers a graphical interface to observe real-time packet exchange, create and view sniffer logs, identify the reasons behind connectivity issues, and verify the communication side of application behavior.


Luxoft’s BitCatcher parses and displays packet information based on a customizable protocol description. Developers can modify the descriptions to extend existing protocols or to create new ones. BitCatcher comes with the preloaded wireless protocol descriptions for IEEE 802.15.4 MAC, ZigBee PRO, ZigBee Smart Energy, and ZigBee Light Link. Drivers and firmware for Atmel and dresden elektronik hardware platforms are also included in the BitCatcher package.


BitCatcher runs on both Windows and Linux operating systems, supports multiple 802.15.4 frequency bands, and features auto key-type detection for easy management of security keys.


For more information on Luxoft’s BitCatcher wireless network analyzer, or to download the application, visit