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Re: Wireshark for Android
From: Pontus Fuchs <pontus.fuchs () gmail com>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:33:07 +0200

On 2013-04-24 04:34, Guy Harris wrote:

On Apr 22, 2013, at 3:12 AM, Vladimir Bondar <vladimir91.bondar () gmail com> wrote:

I'm a student who wants to take a part in Wireshark for Android developing.
I have just read about that, and I have a question does it work only with RTL 8187 adapter?

I have captured raw 802.11 frames on a number of different Android devices.

libpcap can be compiled for Android; that's what Wireshark would use for Android, just as it uses libpcap or WinPcap on 
other OSes.

If fact, if you compile engineering builds of Android tcpdump is included by default.

The only way in which libpcap knows about particular Wi-Fi adapters is in code it uses to put adapters into monitor mode if 
the driver is *not* a mac80211 driver; I *suspect* the drivers for adapters used on Android machines are new enough that 
they're mac80211 drivers.

Unfortunately this is not universally true. A lot of devices use proprietary drivers that lacks monitor mode support.


Pontus Fuchs
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