Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Wireshark for Android
From: Pontus Fuchs <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:33:07 +0200
On 2013-04-24 04:34, Guy Harris wrote:
On Apr 22, 2013, at 3:12 AM, Vladimir Bondar <[email protected]> wrote:

I'm a student who wants to take a part in Wireshark for Android developing.
I have just read about that, and I have a question does it work only with RTL 8187 adapter?
I have captured raw 802.11 frames on a number of different Android devices.

libpcap can be compiled for Android; that's what Wireshark would use for Android, just as it uses libpcap or WinPcap on other OSes.
If fact, if you compile engineering builds of Android tcpdump is 
included by default.
The only way in which libpcap knows about particular Wi-Fi adapters is in code it uses to put adapters into monitor mode if the driver is *not* a mac80211 driver; I *suspect* the drivers for adapters used on Android machines are new enough that they're mac80211 drivers.
Unfortunately this is not universally true. A lot of devices use 
proprietary drivers that lacks monitor mode support.

Pontus Fuchs