Quick and easy fake WiFi access point in Kali

I’m working on a project at the moment that requires me to observe traffic from an iOS/Android app or any other computer Apps to various external IPs. This is the first step of my project 😉
(something in this article is not real , like MAC addresses, project Description , …. )

 The easiest way to do this is to setup a fake Wi-Fi access point and use Wireshark to sniff the traffic. This is very easy in Kali Linux.

 1. Connect the Kali box to the Internet

 In my case, I use a Raspberry pi with an External TP-Link TL-WN722N wireless adapter, but you can use any other wireless adapter or built-in modules as you like

 Using ifconfig I can see that this adapter is called wlan0.

 You could use wired Ethernet, then in all likelihood this will be eth0 instead.

 2. Connect an external Wi-Fi adapter that is supported by hostapd

 I’m using a USB TP-LINK TL-WN722N which is using an Atheros AR9271 chipset. These are cheap (£8-£10), powerful and reliable.

 I suspect many USB Wi-Fi adapters are compatible with hostapd, unfortunately I can’t see a clear source documenting which ones.

 Check it works by connecting to any network using Kali’s GUI. This will save you hassle later if there are any driver or hardware issues.

 3. Bring up the new wireless interface.

 Use ifconfig -a to see the new wireless interface name:

 wlan3 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:27:19:bb:38:88


 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000

 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

 ring this up as the gateway for your new wireless network. I am using simply to avoid any chance of confusion with my internal NATed network.

 root@kali:~# ifconfig wlan3 up

 root@kali:~# ifconfig wlan3

 wlan3 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:27:19:bb:38:88

 inet addr:


 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000

 RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

 4. Configure and run DHCP and DNS services

 DHCP assigns IP addresses when clients connect, and DNS provides resolution of names to IPs.

 Most wireless clients expect DHCP by default, so it is convenient to run a DHCP server. You can manually set IP addresses, but it’s really easier to do DHCP.

 Running our own DNS server means that we can easily intercept and alter DNS queries, which can assist in setting up man-in-the-middle attacks.

 A piece of software called dnsmasq does both DHCP and DNS and is very simple to setup.

 First, install dnsmasq:

 apt-get install dnsmasq

 Next, create a config file dnsmasq.conf as follows: (we can make and edit this file with nano dnsmasq.cof everywhere as you like )








 This is about as simple as it gets. Only listen on wlan3, our additional wireless adapter. Hand out DHCP addresses from DHCP option 3 is the gateway, DHCP option 6 is the DNS server – both of these should be set to our wlan3 IP of server specifies upstream DNS servers that will handle most DNS queries – I have provided Google’s DNS server of Finally, log DNS queries and DHCP requests – this just makes it easier to check everything is working.

 We also want to create a file fakehosts.conf to allow us to spoof certain DNS requests: neohub.co.uk

 This will cause the dnsmasq DNS server to respond with to any request for neohub.co.uk.

 We then need to bring dnsmasq up. I want it to run with output to stderr, so this is done as follows:

 dnsmasq -C dnsmasq.conf -H fakehosts.conf -d

 5. Configure and run hostapd

 Next, we need to get our wireless adapter to run as a access point.

 hostapd allows us to do this.

 Install hostapd:

 apt-get install hostapd

 Create a config file hostapd.conf:





 Again – really simple. Use our additional wireless adapter wlan3 with the nl80211 drivers (which seem to cover pretty much all modern adapters than can be APs), set the SSID to FreeAP-Internet and set the channel to 1. There is no encryption etc. but I really don’t need or want it for sniffing traffic.

 Then start hostapd:

 root@kali:~# hostapd ./hostapd.conf

 Configuration file: ./hostapd.conf

 Failed to update rate sets in kernel module

 Using interface wlan3 with hwaddr c0:4a:00:1e:64:fd and ssid ‘FreeAP-Internet’

If you get an Error about Driver just run this command and then try again : airmon-ng check kill

 6. Setup routing for the access point

 You want a very simple setup at the moment – act as a basic NAT gateway between wlan3 and wlan0.

 Without going into any detail, because we need forward the packets from another network adapters to wlan0 because we have internet connection on this adapter , the following commands will set this up:

 sudo sysctl -w net.ipv4.ip_forward=1

 sudo iptables -P FORWARD ACCEPT

 sudo iptables –table nat -A POSTROUTING -o wlan0 -j MASQUERADE

 At this stage, you should now be able to connect to FreeAP-Internet, get an IP address, and start using the Internet.

About Mahyar

OrcID: 0000-0001-8875-3362 ​PhD Candidate (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine - Institute for Telecommunications and Global Information) MCP - MCSA - MCSE - MCTS Azure Security Engineer Associate MCITP: Enterprise Administrator CCNA, CCNP (R&S , Security) ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor CHFI v10 ECIH v2

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