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Are there any adapters supporting 802.11ac packet capture today? Any that wireshark supports?


asked 17 Dec '12, 08:58

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That's not primarily a problem of Wireshark, but rather a problem of driver support for the OS.

The driver needs to be compliant with WinPcap to be able to capture packets in promiscuous mode. If you want to enable monitor mode, you need a driver that is fully NDIS6 compliant. And even then it is uncertain if you can enable monitor mode. So, hard business on Windows.

You need support for such a device in the kernel, which might be hard for a standard that is barely released.

Netgear offers a 802.11ac adapter (, however I'm not sure if there is a Linux driver available for that.

You might get better answers to your question in the BackTrack or Aircrakc-ng forum. As soon as a new adapter works with one of those systems/tools, it will work with Wireshark on Linux as well.


Here is a list of 802.11ac 'compatible' devices

For the few USB adapters you can read: Linux driver none


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answered 17 Dec '12, 10:22

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edited 17 Dec '12, 12:44

And WinPcap doesn't handle NDIS 6, so it can't enable monitor mode in any case; we don't support monitor mode on WIndows.

(18 Dec '12, 20:32) Guy Harris ♦♦

Of course you are right. I should have mentioned Microsoft Network Monitor in conjunction with NDIS6 and monitor mode. It is possible there if the driver supports it.

(19 Dec '12, 00:19) Kurt Knochner ♦
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