Kismet Client/Server Protocol

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 Client/Server protocol is used by Kismet Client (GUI) and Kismet server. It is used to control server, and it's capture sources.

Annother protocol (Kismet Drone/Server Protocol) is used by Kismet Server for communication with Kismet's remote drones.


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Protocol dependencies

  • TCP: Kismet Client/Server uses TCP as its transport protocol. The default port TCP port for Kismet C/S traffic is 2501.

Example traffic


Frame 4 form kismet-client-server-dump-1.pcap:

Frame 4 (253 bytes on wire, 253 bytes captured)
    Arrival Time: Apr  2, 2006 20:59:45.285561000
    Protocols in frame: eth:ip:tcp:kismet
Ethernet II, Src: 00:00:00:00:00:00 (00:00:00:00:00:00), Dst: 00:00:00:00:00:00 (00:00:00:00:00:00)
    Type: IP (0x0800)
Internet Protocol, Src: (, Dst: (
    Version: 4
    Source: (
    Destination: (
Transmission Control Protocol, Src Port: 2501 (2501), Dst Port: 34065 (34065), Seq: 1, Ack: 1, Len: 199
    Source port: 2501 (2501)
    Destination port: 34065 (34065)
    Window size: 32768 (scaled)
    Checksum: 0xde77 [correct]
Kismet Client/Server Protocol
    *KISMET: 0.0.0 1144004381 \001Kismet\001 20050815211952 0 2005.08.R1
        Kismet version: 0.0.0
        Start time: 1144004381
        Server name: Kismet
        Build revision: 20050815211952
        Extended version string: 2005.08.R1


The Kismet C/S dissector is partially functional.

Preference Settings


Example capture file

Display Filter

A complete list of Kismet C/S display filter fields can be found in the display filter reference

Show only the Kismet C/S based traffic:


Capture Filter

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

Capture only the Kismet C/S traffic over the default port (2501):

 tcp port 2501 

External links


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