[Winpcap-users] Failure to see broadband device
guy at alum.mit.edu
Thu Apr 9 20:51:17 PDT 2009
On Apr 9, 2009, at 8:25 PM, Perry Kivolowitz wrote:
> I have installed a Sprint Broadband dongle on which I must take some
> measurements. At first it did not appear in ipconfig but I located the
> option: "Enable Network Adapter (NDIS)." Enabling this option causes
> adapter to be seen in ipconfig as any other on the machine.
Now that's a high quality user interface! You have to choose an
option to allow a device *you got in order to be able to access the
Intarweb remotely* to be viewed as, err, umm, a network adapter. It
sounds as if somebody at Sprint, or whoever wrote the software that
requires that option to be enabled, needs a visit from the UI Clue
> Is Wireshark the definitive test to see if WinPcap is capable of
> detecting this type of adapter?
No - if anything is, it's WinDump's "-D" option. However, I wouldn't
be surprised if that also failed.
However, my *suspicion* is that the broadband adapter looks like a
dial-up adapter, which means that it *might* not show up until you've
opened a connection, and that if you open the "Adapter for generic
dialup and VPN capture" you can capture PPP setup packets on that
adapter (or any other dial-up adapter) before the connection is set up
and continue to capture the PPP traffic on the adapter after the
connection is set up.
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