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Hello, I have a Tata photon plus (EC1260) device. How can I use wireshark in combination with this device

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asked 30 Dec '12, 05:01

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edited 24 Jul '13, 12:34

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As you did not mention your OS, I assume Windows, as there is only Tata Photon software for Windows.

Well, on Windows, you can only capture traffic of that device, if WinPcap is able to identify ('see') the USB device. That really depends on the driver of the device.

So, please try this:

  • Plug in the USB device
  • Install Wireshark
  • the WinPcap service should be started now. Please check with the following command:

sc query npf

You should see


  • Connect to the internet with the Tata Dialer software
  • Run dumpcap in a DOS window

dumpcap -D -M

If you can see the device in the output of dumpcap (identify it by its IP address), then you can (most certainly) capture traffic on it (read the Wirshark Wiki how to do that).

If you can't see the device, and the NPF service is running (sc command above), then you are (most certainly) out of luck, as WinPcap does not detect that kind of device.

BTW: Please also read the USB Capture wiki.

UPDATE: On Ubuntu the USB 3G modem will be used as a serial connection /dev/ttyUSB0. So, you should be able to capture traffic on it, as mentioned in the USB sniffing wiki for Linux.

If that does not work, you can still try one of the serial port sniffers (no pcap output!).


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answered 30 Dec '12, 14:56

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edited 31 Dec '12, 01:55

Thank You. I should have specified that I am using Ubuntu 12.04 as my OS. Im sorry about not having done that.

(31 Dec '12, 01:20) Bharathi

well, are you able to connect to the internet with that device on Ubuntu? If so, do you see any new ethernet interface (eth1, eth2)? If yes, then just capture on eth1,eth2. If there is no new ethernet device, you can still try to capture data on the USB bus. Please read the USB wiki I already mentioned.

If you cannot connect to the internet on Ubuntu, then there is no need to capture data, as there will be none ;-)

(31 Dec '12, 01:30) Kurt Knochner ♦

see my UPDATE in the answer.

(31 Dec '12, 01:56) Kurt Knochner ♦

On Linux, if your 3G modem is connected to the Internet, there will probably be a PPP device of some sort for it. You can capture on that.

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