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Tutorial: Aircrack-ng Suite under Windows for Dummies

Version: 1.02 December 18, 2007
By: darkAudax


First and foremost, Windows is virtually useless for wireless activities due to the huge number of restrictions. The restrictions do not come from the aircrack-ng suite so please don't ask for enhancements.

Here is a quick recap of the limitations:

If you truly want to explore the world of wireless then you need to make the commitment to learn and use linux plus the aircrack-ng suite linux version. An easy way to start is to utilize the Backtrack live distribution. This distribution has the aircrack-ng suite plus patched drivers already installed which jumpstarts your learning process. BackTrack information can be found here.

Installation and Usage

OK, you have come this far and still want to proceed? Just remember that there is an expectation that you have done your homework and have some base knowledge. Again, do not post questions on the forum or IRC that are dealt with in this tutorial or on the Wiki.

Here are the basic steps to install and use the aircrack-ng suite under Windows:

  1. Get a compatible wireless card: See the following links: Compatibility, Drivers, Which Card to Purchase and Tutorial: Is My Wireless Card Compatible? for more information.
  2. Install the drivers: Based on step one above, install the drivers per these instructions.
  3. Install aircrack-ng suite: See these instructions.
  4. Use aircrack-ng suite: See Part 1 - Cracking WEP with Windows XP Pro SP2. As well, the Wiki has documentation on each command. The commands need to run via the Windows command prompt or via the Aircrack-ng GUI. You have to be in the directory which contain the commands on your PC.

Troubleshooting Tips

There is some limited troubleshooting information under the airodump-ng command.