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Kismet Drone/Server Protocol(KDSP)

Kismet is a wireless sniffer (and intrusion detection system) which is widely used to sniff Wireless LAN (e.g 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g traffic). Kismet Drone/Server protocol is used by for communication between a Kismet drone and a Kismet server.

Another protocol (Kismet Client/Server Protocol) is used by Kismet server for communication with Kismet clients.


KDSPv1 - KDSP is currently at version 1. It is designed to be extendible and backwards compatible.

Protocol dependencies

Example traffic



The KDSP dissector is partially functional. While most of the communication is correctly dissected, not all bitmaps are translated to a readable format.

Preference Settings


Example capture file

Display Filter

A complete list of KDSP display filter fields can be found in the display filter reference

Capture Filter

You cannot directly filter KDSP protocols while capturing. However, if you know the TCP port used (see above), you can filter on that one.