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    How to capture WiFi traffic using Wireshark on Windows

    How to capture WiFi traffic using Wireshark on Windows

    Wireshark uses libpcap or Winpcap libraries to capture network traffic on Windows. Winpcap libraries are not intended to work with wireless network cards, therefore they do not support WiFi network traffic capturing using Wireshark on Windows. Therefore, Wireshark monitor mode for Windows is not supported by default.
    Winpcap Capture Limitations and WiFi traffic on Wireshark

    Capture is mostly limited by Winpcap and not by Wireshark. However, Wireshark includes Airpcap support, a special -and expensive- set of WiFi network adapters, which drivers support network traffic monitoring on monitor mode. In other words, WiFi network traffic capturing on promiscuous mode.
    Acrylic WiFi products include an NDIS traffic capture driver that captures WiFi network traffic on monitor mode on Windows,capturing WiFi traffic with Wireshark on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. This driver adds wireless network compatibility on Windows to other WiFi sniffers.
    NDIS Driver and WiFi interfaces on Wireshark

    To make this integration possible, Acrylic installs an airpcap.dll library in the system. When Wireshark loads the installed airpcap library, it returns a fake list of airpcap network cards installed. One Airpcap device for each integrated WiFi network card or external USB WiFi network card.

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    Colasoft Capsa is a portable network analyzer for both LAN and WLAN performing real-time packet capturing, network monitoring, advanced protocol analysis, in-depth packet decoding, and automatic expert diagnosis.
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    Wireshark 2.0.4 Open-Source Network Security Analysis Tool Brings Over 30 Fixes

    Wireshark, the world's most popular, open-source, cross-platform, and free network protocol analyzer software, which is being used by many security experts for analysis and troubleshooting of network issues, has been updated to version 2.0.4.

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    Colasoft Capsa is a portable network analyzer for both LAN and WLAN performing real-time packet capturing, network monitoring, advanced protocol analysis, in-depth packet decoding, and automatic expert diagnosis.
    http://www.colasoft.com/

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