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RE: Wireless Ethereal
From: jburzenski () americanhm com
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 16:55:51 -0500

Has anyone used Ethereal to capture wireless traffic, and if
so, can you point me to any resources documenting wireless 
Ethereal usage? 

Ethereal will display the wireless packet data in much the same way wired
packets are displayed except that you will see more control packets and
such.  Decoding will not be possible unless you are monitoring an
unencrypted network (at which point you are doing IP over 802.11).  The
packet details are mostly self explanatory (web enabled, channel, etc.).

If you are trying to audit wireless networks or will be working with
multiple networks simultaneously, you might consider using Kismet.  Kismet
saves every packet in a dump file that can be opened with Ethereal for
further analysis.  

 

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