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Airodump-ng is included in the aircrack-ng package and is used for packet capturing of raw 802.11 frames. It is ideal for collecting WEP IVs for use with aircrack-ng. If you have a GPS receiver connected to the computer, airodump-ng can log the coordinates of the discovered access points.


Monitor all wireless networks, frequency hopping between all wireless channels.

airodump-ng wlan0mon

Sniff on channel 6 (-c 6) via monitor mode interface wlan0mon and save the capture to a file (-w /root/chan6).

airodump-ng -c 6 -w /root/chan6 wlan0mon

Filter for access points by a specific manufacturer, specifying the OUI and mask (-d FC:15:B4:00:00:00 -m FF:FF:FF:00:00:00).

airodump-ng -d FC:15:B4:00:00:00 -m FF:FF:FF:00:00:00 wlan0mon

Useful Options

--write <prefix>
Dump file prefix
same as --write
-f <msecs>
Time in ms between hopping channels
-r <file>
Read packets from that file
Uses these frequencies in MHz to hop

Important Defaults

By default, airodump-ng hop on 2.4GHz channels.


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