Kismet on OSX 10.5.1 Leopard

caliel caliel at
Wed Nov 28 06:36:29 PST 2007

I have returned home from my holiday travels with eager anticipation to try
kismet with my ralink USB Wi-Fi card.  Just as I plugged it in, I realized
...... ...... darwin and viha are the only valid capture sources for OSX! 
In my shame and desperation I was heard to utter several words, of which my
mother would NOT approve.  Now I am back to square one with kismet.  Is it
my karma keeping kismet from working? or is there another answer to this

Actually, I am not exactly back at square one.  I accidentally left the
capture source in kismet.conf as "darwin" and changed the interface to
"en2" which is the ralink.   I got the same output as below, even to the
point that it indicated the en2 appeared to be a broadcom that already had
rfmon set.


On Thu, 22 Nov 2007 15:03:00 -0800 (PST), caliel <caliel at>
> I am away from access to alternate hardware, please let me know what you
> find.  I have not found a resolution as yet.  I saw you also responded to
> a
> post at the Kismet site, perhaps one of the 3 of us will find a solution.
> --C
> trolley wrote:
>> caliel wrote:
>>> Kismet fails as follows.
>>>      Yliakum:~ caliel$ sudo kismet
>>>      Password:
>>>      Launching kismet_server: /opt/local/bin/kismet_server
>>>      Will drop privs to caliel (502) gid 20
>>>      No specific sources given to be enabled, all will be enabled.
>>>      Non-RFMon VAPs will be destroyed on multi-vap interfaces (ie,
>>> madwifi-ng)
>>>      Enabling channel hopping.
>>>      Enabling channel splitting.
>>>      INFO:  wlt1 looks like a Broadcom card running under Darwin.
>>>      Source 0 (airport_extreme): Enabling monitor mode for darwin
> source
>>> interface en1 channel 6...
>>>      î|07-11-19 14:00:48.175 kismet_server[3092:10b] †
>>>      INFO: en1 looks like a Broadcom card running under Darwin and
>>> already
>>> has monitor mode enabled in the kernel.
>>>      Source 0 (airport_extreme): Opening darwin source interface
> wlt1...
>>>      FATAL: BIOCSETIF: wlt1: Device not configured
>>>      Done.
>> I'm getting the same error on a Powerbook G4. Did you figure anything
> out?
>> I'm going to try it with a Ralink USB dongle and see if I have any more
>> luck.
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