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Kismet ( is "an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system."


Simple Usage

This is geared towards the Nokia770/OS2006 package:

  • h will open a help window
  • z toggles fullscreen net list
  • s allows selection of sort method, which is required to:
  • t tags the selected network
  • g groups tagged networks
  • u ungroups current group
  • c shows clients
  • L locks to a channel, H returns to channel hopping
  • n names network
  • i shows detailed info
  • l shows signal levels
  • d dumps printable strings
  • r shows a packet rate graph
  • a shows statistics
  • f follows a network
  • w tracks alerts
  • x closes popup window

Kismet Display

(see image below)

The letter displayed under the 'T' menu on the main page, equates to:

Network/Client Type:

Kismet Displays: Network/Client Type:
P Probe request - no associated connection yet
A Access point - standard wireless network
H Ad-hoc - point to point wireless network
T Turbocell - Turbocell aka Karlnet or Lucent Router
G Group - Group of wireless networks
D Data - Data only network with no control packets

The colour the discovered network is displayed in represents:

Colour: Network/Client Type:
Yellow Unencrypted Network
Red Factory default settings in use!
Green Secure Networks (WEP, WPA etc..)
Blue SSID cloaking on / Broadcast SSID disabled

The letter displayed under the 'W' menu on the main page, equate to:

Kismet Displays: Type of Encryption:
N No encryption in use
Y WEP encryption on use
O Other encryption in use (e.g. LEAP)

Kismet on Nokia 770

Kismet can easily be installed on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet using a pre-made package. It probably needs root privileges to run.

Please be aware that Kismet will not close the wireless connection gracefully, so if you were connected to a network when you started Kismet, you'll have to disconnect and then re-connect.


External Links

Notice - this is a static HTML mirror of a previous MediaWiki installation. Pages are for historical reference only, and are greatly outdated (circa 2009).