Tomato 1.18 and kismet ?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by eramic, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. eramic

    eramic Addicted to LI Member

    First of all I would like to say hallo to this very usefull comunity related to linux based routers. Since I have Wrt54gl 1.1 I am proud user of tomato firmware becouse is nice, small.
    I have question for gurus or onyone else with expirience with instaling kismet drone on Tomato running on Wrt54gl. Basicly I need detailed instruction how to do that step by step including commads, links for tested kismet distibutios or anything else that can help me. I allready tryed to finish this using guide for opet-wrt but without succes. Whole concept is kind of confusing me so right now I am stuck.
    My questions are:
    1) What is the first step, how to install drone on wrt. Do I need to install just drone or server and drone. What kismet I have to use?
    2) Is is possible to run drone on wrt and client on XP, if not what linux distro i have to use, may I use live cd for this or full instalation.
    3) Other tools tips, links and guides would be helpfull.

    My only expirience with kismet was on laptop with pcmcia wireless card and linux distibution, in this scenatio its really easy but with WRT its not that easy.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. eramic

    eramic Addicted to LI Member

    anyone please :) ?
  3. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member


    Never tried just looked upon. :)
  4. eramic

    eramic Addicted to LI Member

    Thank you danix71, I allready tryed something using those guides but they are for Sveasoft firmware and DD-wrt. Since they are all based on linux there is no reason not to run drone on Tomato. I think it is good time to write decent guide about kismet on tomato. Thank you in advance.
  5. Rob650

    Rob650 Addicted to LI Member

    I'm not sure I can help you if you're using XP as the client. But, I have kismet drone successfully running on Tomato 1.18 on a WRT54GL using a linux computer to run the server and client. If you were to use XP I believe you have to run the kismet drone and server on the WRT, although I've never tried it. (three parts to kismet: drone, server, client)

    If you want to use a live cd or preferably set up a linux VM I can help you get it set up.

    You can mostly follow that guide. The only real change I believe you need to make is use


    in kismet_drone.conf instead of what that guide says.

    Note on versions: I am using for the drone and Debian Etch on my desktop.
  6. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Eramic, use the search function on this forum.

    Following from your questions, I'd suggest that your first study the kismet documentation in order to understand how kismet works and what it does. Once you have that, look at running kismet on your WRT. You can do the 2 together, but chances for confusious are very strong.

    Once you understand kismet: This is a long thread, but may answer most of your questions, so I'd suggest you read it all

    Bottom line:
    1. You must ALWAYS have a kismet server.
    2. You must have a kismet or other client (that can speak kismet) if you want to see what kismet is seeing.
    3. You could have drone.

    The idea of the drone is that it's like a server-hardware-agent, interfacing with the wireless hardware, because the drone have small resource requirements. The server, which has higher resource requirements, sits on another machine (with more memory, etc.).
  7. eramic

    eramic Addicted to LI Member

    Thank you for your tips. I have 2 more questions. I found this description here:
    Is this apllicable to my scenario with drone on wrt and server/client on XP? If no can you plese (rob650) give me more details about configuration that you are running?

    Tnak you
  8. Rob650

    Rob650 Addicted to LI Member

  9. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

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