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Old 03-31-2006, 06:40 PM   #1
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netgear ma401 monitor mode auditor problem


I am trying to use netgear ma401 with auditor(like knoppix) and I cannot get it into monitor mode. what can be the problem ?
I Use :
iwconfig wlan0 monitor mode

error message I get:
Error for wireless request "set mode" (8B06) :
SET failed on device wlan0 ; operation not supported.

P.S. I am trying to crack my own wep.

thanx in advance.
 
Old 04-01-2006, 08:20 AM   #2
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If you are using ndiswrapper as your driver, you are out of luck. Windows drivers don't suppport monitor mode.
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P.S. I am trying to crack my own wep.
I know you haven't descended to any unacceptable levels here, but LQ REALLY frowns on any sort of cracking discussions, even if it is your own gear.
 
Old 04-01-2006, 01:16 PM   #3
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how can I get proper drivers while using auditor??
Ok I wont crack my on wep.
 
Old 04-01-2006, 01:43 PM   #4
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From what I can tell by a little Googling, that card has a Prism chipset, which is one of the better supported chipsets in Linux. If the orinoco_cs driver (usually included as a kernel module in most distros) doesn't work, you might check out using the linux-wlan-ng drivers. That site explicitly says it supports the ma401.
 
Old 04-01-2006, 08:38 PM   #5
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....but i am using knoppix which is on a cd. How do I add drivers to something that is on a cd.
 
Old 04-02-2006, 03:00 PM   #6
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Knoppix includes a number of native linux drivers. In fact, you've never said if you were using ndiswrapper or if you were just using whatever driver Knoppix happened to use. With a live distro like Knoppix, you're really going to be limited to the drivers it includes.
 
Old 04-02-2006, 04:34 PM   #7
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Auditor includes the patched orinoco_cs drivers needed for putting your card into monitor mode. Try:

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modprobe -r wlan_ng
modprobe orinoco_cs
This assumes that Auditor is loading the wlan_ng instead of the patched orinocos. lsmod will tell you for sure.
 
Old 04-04-2006, 05:25 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by 2Gnu
Auditor includes the patched orinoco_cs drivers needed for putting your card into monitor mode. Try:

Code:
modprobe -r wlan_ng
modprobe orinoco_cs
This assumes that Auditor is loading the wlan_ng instead of the patched orinocos. lsmod will tell you for sure.
Tried that. It says module wlan_ng not found. It loads hostap and orinoco_cs but not wlan_ng. I know ma401 goes with wlan_ng driver.

Any way to make wlan_ng module work.

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Old 04-05-2006, 12:53 AM   #9
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Don't know. I only use patched or RC2 orinoco drivers for monitor mode.

If loading the orinoco module succeeds, does monitor mode work?
 
Old 04-05-2006, 04:14 PM   #10
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nope. I did modprobe orinoco_cs and still does not work.

Whats another inexpensive wireless pcmia card that I can use so it will go into monitor mode ?

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Old 04-05-2006, 08:55 PM   #11
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I just tried it with my Prism2.5 card, orinoco_cs RC2 and it works.

Maybe it's your syntax. In your first post, you show this command:
iwconfig wlan0 monitor mode

Try iwconfig wlan0 mode monitor

Also, make sure that the interface is really wlan0. For the orinoco drivers, it's normally ethx. Try bringing the interface up: ifconfig wlan0 up, then put it into monitor mode.
 
Old 04-05-2006, 10:34 PM   #12
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'iwconfig wlan0 mode monitor'?
 
Old 04-05-2006, 10:36 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 2Gnu
Try iwconfig wlan0 mode monitor

Try bringing the interface up: ifconfig wlan0 up, then put it into monitor mode.
Simple typo thats all....
 
Old 04-06-2006, 08:02 PM   #14
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tried ifconfig wlan0 up and then monitor mode still does not work. ... and yes that was a typo.
I dont see why I cant find the wlan_ng drivers.
It might be my card.
Which card is good for wardriving. can u give me a few specifics cause I shall buy it off ebay. Thanx for u r help. I really appreciate it.

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Old 04-06-2006, 08:18 PM   #15
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I use a Prism2.5 - ZyXEL B-101. It's a rebadged Zcomax XI-325H. I have no idea if it's still around. 802.11B, 100mw, great sensitivity and a detachable antenna. I use a cheap magnetic roof mount antenna and plug it into the card.

The ORiNOCO Gold Classic card is also a great one - also 802.11B with an external antenna jack.

edit: the SMC2532W-B is a 200mw version of the first card I mentioned (also Prism 2.5 and a rebadged Zcomax XI-325HP).

Senao makes similar cards, but either in external or internal antenna versions - no detachable ones. They are very common.

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