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ipw3945 can be in monitor mode???
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PostPosted: Sat 15 Sep 2007, 18:12    Post_subject:  ipw3945 can be in monitor mode???  

I installed puppy 1,17.1 everything works perfect

i did " iwconfig ipw3945 eth1 mode 2" for monitor and it accepts its
i configures kismet everything ok.but when i recieve kismet it shows that message

FATAL: Failed to set monitor mode: Invalid argument. This usually means your drivers either do not support monitor mode, or use a different mechanism for getting to it. Make sure you have a version of your drivers that support monitor mode, and consult the troubleshooting section of the README.

how i will make my card to be in monitor mode???
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Sep 2007, 00:15    Post_subject: Re: ipw3945 can be in monitor mode???  

Here is the ipw3945 module for Puppy 2.17 compiled with these options enabled in the Makefile:

Significantly, this module should now create the additional interfaces "rtap0" and "wifi0", which will allow it to be used with aircrack-ng. Here is a HOWTO -
This HOWTO refers to a distribution called "wifiway-0.6" which contains a completely rewritten version of the ipw3945 module called "ipraw".

To get the rtap0 interface, the module needs to be unloaded, then reloaded -
rmmod ipw3945
modprobe ipw3945 rtap_iface 1

... it might also be necessary to put the device into monitor mode, I'm not sure.
If this is true, the commands would be -
rmmod ipw3945
modprobe ipw3945 mode 2 rtap_iface 1

ntrncx wrote:
iwconfig ipw3945 eth1 mode 2

I think that's wrong. "mode 2" should be specified when loading the module.

If my ipw3945 module does not work with aircrack-ng, then the new "ipraw" module will probably be required.
ipraw is available here -
And it's discussed here -

UPDATE July 20 2008
monitor-enabled ipw3945 module now available for Puppy 3.x/4.0 here -
Description  for Puppy 2.17

Filename  ipw3945-k2.6.21.5-monitor.pet 
Filesize  326.81 KB 
Downloaded  407 Time(s) 
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