- Jun 23, 2013
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I want to know how to configure my macbook pro to promiscuous mode.
Okay, If the OP is trying to run a packet sniffer/capturing software they will probably need to run it in promiscuous mode.
Promiscuous mode allows you to view all wireless packets on a network to which you have associated. The need to associate means that you must have some means of authenticating yourself with an access point. In promiscuous mode, you will not see packets until you have associated. Not all wireless drivers support promiscuous mode.
I ran into this running wireshark which is a packet sniffer. Your network adapter must be able to switch to promiscuous mode. All the programs that use it that I have run will automatically switch the mode for you if the adapter can do it. Not all will.
In summary ..... " I want to see exactly which network packets are moving around on my network ..... source, destination, protocol, and content ( if not encrypted ) (or if encrypted) On my network. Which is mine.
In your experience (in lay-person's words)...what's the most common reason/function for using this "promiscuous mode"? Or what is someone most likely trying to accomplish by doing it?