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I have a raspberry pi model and as a wifi card/adapter I use the wipi. It works fine and all is good. Apart from I was wondering is it possible to set it to monitor mode? And if you can't with the wipi. What other raspberry pi dongles can go into monitor mode. Thanks

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The WiPi should support monitor mode.
iw list will show capabilities.

PS You need to install the iw package.

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  • Would I just do sudo apt-get install iw list? Is there a way to install it from the terminal? I also did try to put it into monitor mode but it said not supported, I may have done it wrong though – QwertyFish Aug 28 '14 at 7:53
  • sudo apt-get install iw list is an iw command. I have never used monitor mode on the Pi. You may need to set monitor in /etc/network/interfaces – Milliways Aug 28 '14 at 10:00
  • When I do /etc/network/interfaces it says permission denied – QwertyFish Aug 28 '14 at 19:52
  • @Millways I did iw list and it said that whatever it listed has monitor mode I think... – QwertyFish Aug 28 '14 at 20:20
  • /etc/network/interfaces is owned by root, so you need sudo – Milliways Aug 29 '14 at 0:03
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Yes, the WiPi does support monitor mode. I tested it using: iw list as per the answer above and part of the output confirmed this:

software interface modes (can always be added):
     * AP/VLAN
     * monitor

I tested it by switching the WiPi to monitor mode with:

sudo ifconfig wlan0 down

sudo iwconfig wlan0 mode monitor

sudo ifconfig wlan0 up

Then running iwconfig to confirms that the WiPi is in monitor mode:

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11  Mode:Monitor  Frequency:2.457 GHz  Tx-Power=20 dBm   
          Retry short  long limit:2   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off
          
lo        no wireless extensions.

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