How To Install Kismet On Windows 7

Posted By admin On 03/01/22

Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. It will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode and can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g traffic.


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What is Kismet?

Kismet differs from other wireless network detectors in working passively. Namely, without sending any loggable packets, it is able to detect the presence of both wireless access points and wireless clients and to associate them with each other. It is also the most widely used and up to date open source wireless monitoring tool.

It also includes basic wireless IDS features such as detecting active wireless sniffing programs including NetStumbler, as well as a number of wireless network attacks and sports a plugin architecture allowing for additional non-802.11 protocols to be decoded.

How To Install Kismet

Kismet Features

  • 802.11 sniffing
  • Standard PCAP logging (compatible with Wireshark, TCPDump, etc)
  • Client/Server modular architecture
  • Plug-in architecture to expand core features
  • Multiple capture source support
  • Live export of packets to other tools via tun/tap virtual interfaces
  • Distributed remote sniffing via light-weight remote capture
  • XML output for integration with other tools

In order to find as many networks as possible, it supports channel hopping. This means that it constantly changes from channel to channel non-sequentially, in a user-defined sequence with a default value that leaves big holes between channels (for example, 1-6-11-2-7-12-3-8-13-4-9-14-5-10). The advantage of this method is that it will capture more packets because adjacent channels overlap.

There are more Wireless Hacking tools here.

You can download Kismet latest version here:

Or read more here.

Active2 years, 10 months ago

I'm having a problem installing kismet.My command was:

Everything goes fine, but I don't know how to proceed for the configuration.I click OK, nothing happens...Can somebody help ?


1 Answer

The terminal isn't 'clickable' :)

You need to press TAB then use the arrow keys to navigate the options and Enter to confirm. If there are multiple selections followed by an OK/Next or Back/Cancel you need to navigate to and select with Space the intended option from the list then navigate to the aforementioned 'buttons' and confirm.

Additional info: Kismet - The Easy Tutorial - Configurations

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