sniffer and supported wireless cards

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Dirk V, Dec 26, 2004.

  1. Dirk V

    Dirk V Guest

    I'm using a Sitecom wireless card (WL 112) on a laptop (XP) and I'm trying
    to get a sniffer program to work.

    Unfortunately, sofar little success. Most of the available sniffer
    applications do not seem to recognize my wireless card. In one case, it was
    recognized but I was only able to see the traffic to/from my own laptop (and
    I used the promiscuous mode of the sniffer appl).

    Any suggestions? Is my card maybe not suited for this? Should I get another
    card? If so, what would be a good choice?

    Thanks, Dirk
    Dirk V, Dec 26, 2004
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  2. Dirk V

    Airhead Guest

    I would check the supported hardware list on the sniffers site. Some
    have a different driver you install to make the card work,
    Airhead, Dec 26, 2004
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    gary Guest

    This topic comes up repeatedly. The last time I checked - admittedly,
    several months ago - I could not find any non-commercial analyzers that
    worked on Windows. Commercial analyzers are expensive, but they come with
    drivers for Windows. Ethereal, on the other hand, uses the WinPcap library,
    which assumes that it can use the installed Windows drivers underneath it to
    put the network adapter in promiscuous mode. This is true for the Ethernet
    driver that comes with your Windows system. But, in general, the vendor
    drivers for wifi adapters do NOT provide a function to put the card in
    promiscuous mode. Also, the hardware interface to the adapter is usually
    available only to licensees who are producing commercial software.

    If you find *any* non-commercial wifi analyzer that comes with a driver
    capable of promiscuous mode on Windows, please post.
    gary, Dec 26, 2004
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