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People that use linux like to do their wireless network scanning passively by putting the card in "monitor" mode (aka rfmon). The problem is, especially with many wireless G cards, ...
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- 02-24-2005 #1
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- Dec 2004
Wireless Scanning in Linux
On the Windows side you've got Netstumbler. The difference here is that rather than sitting back, having a smoke and listening, Netstumbler says "No yuo" to the card and tells it to start actively looking on every channel for traffic. I could be wrong, but I don't believe that the card needs to be put in monitor mode for this, since its simply shouting out on every channel.
I have a WPC54G pcmcia which works great under ndiswrapper, but no wireless network scanning love with Kismet and Airsnort (I have to use my old WPC11 wireless B card). I'm wondering if there's a linux software package that doesn't absolutely require the network card to be in monitor (rfmon) mode to scan. A Netstumbler for linux?
- 02-25-2005 #2
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- Feb 2005
hmm. I still don't know if I like those things at all. Sounds like a good way for the FBI or NSA to snoop on me. Not that I'm doing anything all that interesting but it is just a matter of principle. Not that they can't already but well it just seems like a good way to scream out my private business. I still like wires.