Wireless Capture on Windows

Capturing Wireless on Windows was always problematic, because other than on Linux or Mac it wasn’t possible to activate Monitor mode on the WiFi cards to capture the radio layer. All you could do was capture packets on your WiFi card from the Ethernet layer and up. That’s  unless you spent money on the now discontinued AirPCAP USB adapters. But now there is a silver lining on the horizon in the form of the npcap library.

Wireshark Column Setup Deepdive

Every once in a while I check the blog statistics for the searches that have brought visitors here. Most of them are more or less concealed versions of “how can I grab the password of others/my ex partner/my children/friends”, which comes as no surprise. Today I saw one search expression that I used as inspiration for this post: “Good Wireshark columns to have”. So let’s talk about them.

PCAP Split and Merge

Sometimes it also happens during network troubleshooting engagements, but it is also common for analysis jobs regarding network forensics: dealing with huge number of packets, sometimes millions or more. Two typical situations may have you scratch your head: either you have one huge file containing all packets at once, or you have a ton of small files that you need to look at. So let’s see how we can still tackle both.