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Working with LTE MAC traces in Wireshark

Using Wireshark to view and analyze MAC layer LTE traffic

I recently pulled MAC layer traces off an eNB and wanted to view them,

In Wireshark this shows up as raw data, and there’s no option to decode as LTE MAC from the Decode As menu.

Instead you’ve got to go to Preferences -> Protocols and select DLT_USER and then edit the encapsulation table.

For DLT_147 enter:

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Now you’ll have your MAC frames decoded:

On top of this there’s also now the option to run analysis on these traces,

By selecting Telephony -> LTE -> MAC Statistics you’re able to view stats for each RNTI connected to the eNB.

I’ve attached a copy of my trace for reference.

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