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Hey I was wondering if it is possible on my desktop pc with wired connection to router, no wireless, to listen to all the wifi traffic that goes to the router? So I eg. can listen to the traffic that comes from my smartphone or laptop from my desktop pc?

If possible, can it be unencrypted data as I have the wired connection to the router, or will it always be encrypted when having a wpa secure network?

asked 04 Mar '13, 08:52

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No. Unless you can persuade the wireless router to forward all packets to the wired port, which may not be possible with many wireless routers and their standard firmware.

Depending on the router you may be able to install custom router firmware (Google for choices) that may allow you to capture files (tcpdump) on the router for later analysis by Wireshark on your pc.

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answered 04 Mar '13, 09:00

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