Monitor Mode on Broadcom

Dirk Freitag unreal.linux at
Thu Mar 19 20:59:45 UTC 2009

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Dirk Freitag wrote:
>> Hey everyone.  I was curious if maybe someone could help me with my
>> broadcom card.  I am trying to enable monitor mode to use with kismet,
>> but whenever I try to start kismet I get an error saying that monitor
>> mode could not be enabled.  Here is my card as in lspci:
>> 05:00.0 "Network controller" "Broadcom Corporation" "BCM4312 802.11b/g"
>> -r01 "Broadcom Corporation" "Device 04b5"
>> I was curious if there was some way I could force it into monitor mode.
> iirc, not all cards are actually _capable_ of monitor mode.  Whether this
> would be one of them, I don't know.

Yea.  The thing is, that if I remember correctly, I have the same exact 
card in my old Gateway notebook, which was capable of monitor mode.  I 
will double check what broadcom card is actually in my Gateway later 
tonight.  Is it possible for broadcom to set limits on a card depending 
on the type of laptop it is going into?

Dirk Freitag
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