[Winpcap-users] Sniffing WiFi access points nearby
Gianluca.Varenni at riverbed.com
Wed Feb 23 14:27:24 PST 2011
They don't access the packets themselves. They use some Microsoft wi-fi APIs (I don't remember the exact name of them...) that allow you see the BSSIDs advertised by the APs.
Have a nice day
From: winpcap-users-bounces at winpcap.org [mailto:winpcap-users-bounces at winpcap.org] On Behalf Of gonzalo diethelm
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:00 PM
To: winpcap-users at winpcap.org
Subject: Re: [Winpcap-users] Sniffing WiFi access points nearby
> WinPcap is a software component. With WinPcap you can capture data
> frames in 802.11 (which are transformed into Ethernet frames with the
> windows networking stack and/or network card drivers), but you cannot
> capture data/management frames (e.g. beacons).
> AirPcap is a hardware solution (a USB dongle) that allows you to
> capture all the 802.11 frames on a specific channel (so control, data
> and management frames).
Gianluca, thanks for the insight. What you say is very clear but raises a question: how does something like Network Stumbler work with a regular WiFi card?
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