kismet [server-options] [- ] [client-options]
kismet_server [-nqs ] [-t title ] [-f config-file ] [-c capture-source ] [-C enable-capture-sources ] [-l log-types ] [-d dump-type ] [-m max-packets-per-file ] [-g gpshost:port ] [-p listen-port ] [-a allowed-hosts ] [-N server-name ]
kismet_client [-qr ] [-f config-file ] [-s serverhost:port ] [-g gui-type ] [-c display-columns ]
Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. Kismet will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g traffic.
kismet identifies networks by passively collecting packets and detecting standard named networks, detecting (and given time, decloaking) hidden networks, and inferring the presence of nonbeaconing networks via data traffic. kismet supports logging to the wtapfile packet format (readable by tcpdump and ethereal) and saves detected network information as plaintext, CSV, and XML. kismet is capable of using any GPS supported by gpsd and logs and plots network data.
kismet is divided into three basic programs, kismet_server kismet_client and gpsmap
kismet handles automatically starting kismet_server and kismet_client. kismet is installed as suid-root by default. It will drop privs to the user specified in kismet.conf immediately after binding and configuring the capture source.
kismet_server captures, dissects, and logs packets and GPS data. It is capable of running in `headless' mode with no display. Multiple clients (on multiple computers) can be connected to a single server.
kismet_client is a ncurses and panels interface which connects to the server and displays detected networks, statistics, network details, etc.
gpsmap reads GPS and Network XML datafiles and plots networks on downloaded maps or user-supplied images (such as satellite photos).
kismet_drone(1), gpsmap(1), kismet.conf(5), kismet_ui.conf(5), kismet_drone.conf(5)