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    Samsung chromebook wireless support?

    Since I don't have one to test on;
    Does the internal wifi chipset on the ARM chromebook support packet injection, or is this build more focused on USB wifi adapters?

    Thanks

    Google fu tells me it's a murata ss2907002 wifi chip.
    There is nothing for any info on it though. Other than it's samsung and possibly in the galaxy S3 as well.
    Last edited by bolexxx; 2013-03-14 at 17:28.

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    I have this build now running on my chromebook.
    There is a mlan0 network interface present and the 'mwifiex_sdio' and 'mwifiex' modules are loaded.
    I dont see any NetworkManager software to use it to connect to the network though.

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    I can't get my adapter to even show up...

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    I can't get my adapter to even show up...
    'ifconfig' only shows the loopback interface for me.
    I had to use ifconfig -a to see it.
    then 'ifconfig mlan0 up' to bring up the interface.

    Im not familier with this driver and info is still more scarce compared to other more common drivers.
    Here is some info here https://www.kernel.org/doc/readme/dr...mwifiex-README

    I tried to get kismet running on it but no luck. Looks like it cant turn on monitor mode at this time.

    I dont see any NetworkManager or WiCd for simple connecting. Might need to get online with a usb ethernet device until this chromebooks quirks are better documented.

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    Having the same problem here. Also, when I start networking service it says it can not find eth0. I'm new to this disto and it sure would be nice to the the wifi working.

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    To get the wifi to work, check out the info on these pages and replace wlan0 with mlan0

    http://www.ghacks.net/2009/04/14/con...-command-line/
    http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/debian-...fi-networking/
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/14941...p-access-point

    totally works!

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    Here is what I did:

    ifconfig mlan0
    iwlist mlan0 scan
    iwconfig mlan0 essid myssid key s:mywifikey
    dhclient mlan0

    Getting closer, but not pulling an IP for some reason, but at least getting closer.....

    Note: My network is WPA2-PSK, you might need to remove the s: if yours is a hex based key

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    Hi all!
    root@kali:~# airmon-ng start mlan0
    interface chipset driver
    mlan0 unknown mwifiex_sdio - [phy0] mon0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device.

    Does anyone know how to switch on monitor mode on chromebook?

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    I've since aquired an ARM chromebook.

    Running into the same issues all of you have.

    I suspect things will get better once the upstream support reaches our kernel, but for now I'm just plugging in an Alfa and it works flawlessly that way.

    Now to find one of those pico sized wifi adapters with injection support....

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    after doing the iwconfig mlan0 essid myssid key s:key I am getting error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A)
    Seems that if you have a wifikey it does not work, needs to be unencrypted.
    Last edited by sickn3ss; 2013-03-18 at 14:08.

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    How to switch on the monitor mode? Driver is mwifiex_sdio.
    airmon-ng start mlan0 gives error

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    Quote Originally Posted by arkansasclp View Post
    Here is what I did:

    ifconfig mlan0
    iwlist mlan0 scan
    iwconfig mlan0 essid myssid key s:mywifikey
    dhclient mlan0

    Getting closer, but not pulling an IP for some reason, but at least getting closer.....

    Note: My network is WPA2-PSK, you might need to remove the s: if yours is a hex based key
    Thanks - I am now at the same point you are. No dhcp lease.

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    The current driver for the internal wifi does not support monitor mode.
    It barely supports normal mode...

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    xsspants are you using Alfa AWUS036H?

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    For those of you still trying to get wireless working in general on the Chromebook, here is what I followed and worked based on http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/debian-...fi-networking/ posted by previous users.

    nano /etc/network/interfaces
    auto mlan0
    iface mlan0 inet dhcp
    wpa-ssid YOUR-SSID-HERE
    wpa-psk YOUR-PASSWORD-HERE

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    sudo iwlist auth

    shows wpa/2, but I've only got it working on an open ap

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    So I could get it to connect to an open access point as well as to WPA2-PSK with the resources at:

    http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/HowToUse
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=263136
    http://forum.chumby.com/viewtopic.php?id=7939&p=3
    http://superuser.com/questions/53908...-to-my-wifi-ap
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/WPA_supplicant
    http://wirelessdefence.org/Contents/...ssCommands.htm

    seems the trick is to use wpa_supplicant

    in any case, once connected I did:
    apt-get install wicd

    makes life much easier

    Hopefully this helps someone...

    # I did not modify: /etc/network/interfaces

    # Setup credentials for your network:

    /usr/bin/wpa_passphrase NETWORKID NETWORKPASSWORD | tee -a /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf


    # This spits out the following into: /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf

    network={
    ssid="NETWORKID"
    #psk="NETWORKPASSWORD"
    psk=5114234sdfsdf987dblahblahblah9ablahblahblahbla hblahblahblahblahblahblahblhab45345e
    }

    # Edit that file to make it look like this, while retaining the previous name/value pairs:

    ctrl_interface=/var/run/wpa_supplicant

    network={
    ssid="NETWORKID"
    scan_ssid=1
    proto=WPA RSN
    key_mgmt=WPA-PSK
    pairwise=CCMP TKIP
    #psk="NETWORKPASSWORD"
    psk=5114234sdfsdf987dblahblahblah9ablahblahblahbla hblahblahblahblahblahblahblhab45345e
    }

    # pass the credentials to the adapter using wext driver

    wpa_supplicant -d wext -i mlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant.conf

    # depending on what you messed with, you may need to kick the adapter or serivce

    /etc/init.d/networking restart
    ifconfig mlan0 up/down (rather down/up)

    # if you still dont get resolution it could be dhcp...refresh with

    dhclient mlan0

    # you could also try connecting manually

    iw dev mlan0 connect NETWORKID

    # if you see the following result from the previous command be patient and wait
    # a min before pinging google again, it may be trying to connect to the ap

    command failed: Operation already in progress


    Also does anyone else find it ironic that when you run chromium (after apt-get install) it seg faults?
    Last edited by sickn3ss; 2013-03-21 at 03:09.

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    This page seems to insinuate that the wireless does support injection.
    http://docs.kali.org/development/cus...k-kernel-image
    Patch the kernel, in our case, with wireless injection patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpwn3r View Post
    This page seems to insinuate that the wireless does support injection.
    http://docs.kali.org/development/cus...k-kernel-image
    That only appears to patch mac80211.

    Regardless, when i was messing with it earlier, -9 failed to confirm injection support.

    I'll revisit it tomorrow.

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    Setting monitor mode returns Operation not supported. It doesn't look to be an option in the driver (line 97 (assuming its current))
    http://lxr.free-electrons.com/source...mwifiex/README

    It's possible the hardware doesn't support injection, does anyone know what kind of chip is in the device? Is this it:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-Chro...-/261096746857

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikez View Post
    Setting monitor mode returns Operation not supported. It doesn't look to be an option in the driver (line 97 (assuming its current))
    http://lxr.free-electrons.com/source...mwifiex/README

    It's possible the hardware doesn't support injection, does anyone know what kind of chip is in the device? Is this it:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-Chro...-/261096746857
    Murata SS2907002, WiFi/BT module

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    The chip is soldered to the motherboard, so swapping it out is not easy, interestingly, my is labeled as SS2907001. Short of contacting Murata or the driver developers, there is pretty much no info on the adapter. The driver seems to be the only one available for this chip set http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/mwifiex and the git repo doesn't seem to have anything about monitor mode. http://git.marvell.com/?p=mwifiex.git;a=summary. It's probably easiest just to get a usb wifi adapter that supports the functionality.

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    The Alpha card works perfect with the Kali Linux Chromebook the issue seems to be the power source, on your alfa card the USB cable has two ends, the "main USB" male connector and an extra usb cable attached to it , u can plug it into a portable USB battery pack and it will get the alfa card up and working, hope this helps

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