[Winpcap-users] why WinPcap is not capturing packets for mywireless PC card

Gianluca Varenni gianluca.varenni at cacetech.com
Mon Jun 26 15:29:58 GMT 2006

As explained on this FAQ


due to the limits of the Windows OS, you can have problems capturing from Wireless adapters: some of them don't work at all, some of them work only if promiscuous mode is disabled. 

Have a nice day

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: vimal raj 
  To: winpcap-users at winpcap.org 
  Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 2:43 AM
  Subject: [Winpcap-users] why WinPcap is not capturing packets for mywireless PC card



  I tried to capture wireless packets using the basic_dump example. I could capture Ethernet packet. Even though it is detecting my wireless driver it is not displaying any result.


  I got this result when I tried with a NETGEAR WAG511 PC card.


  1. \Device\NPF_GenericDialupAdapter (Generic dialup adapter)

  2. \Device\NPF_{71FFDFA2-557E-48C7-AE0E-F7F046395F27} (NETGEAR WAG511 802.11a/b/

  g Dual Band Wireless PC Card)

  3. \Device\NPF_{345D2B1C-EAEB-437B-AB9A-D848EAEF7DEA} (NDIS 5.0 driver


  Enter the interface number (1-3):2


  listening on NETGEAR WAG511 802.11a/b/g Dual Band Wireless PC Card...


  how to capture data from a wireless card?






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