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


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

PS You need to install the iw package.

  • 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

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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