I'm trying to monitor what devices are active in a Wifi network. This is specifically about mobile phones that connect to a Wifi-Router. While I do know how to enumerate Wifi networks in reach I would also like to enumerate devices that are connected to those networks. I do not have access to the routers, or to be precise, they run software that cannot be used to monitor them, but I do have a Notebook sitting next to the router.

Would something like airodump allow me to periodically enumerate the devices and write them to a file?

  • Open the interface on the router, and look at the connection section for Wifi. – DanBig Aug 30 '13 at 13:06
  • At the very leats, if this is a full wifi network, the content of your ARP table after abroadcast ping may help ? – mveroone Aug 30 '13 at 13:18
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    There are 3rd party tools like: nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_network_watcher.html that basically just do what @Kwaio is referring to. But it is basic home use crap. Most biz wifi routers/controllers can give you this info. What types of routers? Why don't you have access to them? – TheCleaner Aug 30 '13 at 13:24

What OS is the notebook running? Kismet was written with this task in mind and is a standard package on most Linux distributions.


You could cron a script that redirects the output of nmap to a file, and parse that file however you want.

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