PwnPi might save me

PwnPi might save me

11 Comments on PwnPi might save me

After a lot of time trying out different power adapters in the hopes that it would supply more mA to the Raspberry. I somehow came to the conclusion that it wouldn’t hurt to try a different Linux variant on the Raspberry. So I started looking around, and found PwnPi (mentioned here) appealing again.  So I downloaded it, flashed it, and enlarged the root partition. Proceeded to plugin the Power adapter card and booted the Raspberry with the PwnPI 3.0 image. Waited about 30 seconds and tried to ssh into it.



After the greeting, I plug in the TL-WN722N again and do a lsusb, ifconfig and a dmesg to check if everything is working correctly.


dmesg PwnPI 1


lsusb PwnPI 1


ifconfig pwnpi1

We see the same as before, the TL-WN722N is indeed pluged in. The PwnPi OS seems to have better support for the Atheros AR9271 chipset, as it works out of the box compared to Kali which required you to manual download both firmware and driver, and even then I still didn’t get it working.

Lets see if airmon wants to play with us this time using PwnPi instad.

airmon pwnPI1

Here we go, it seems that the PwnPI might save me after all. I was also able to run a iwlist wlan0 scan to check if it could see any wireless signals. And it worked!  Here is small screenshot of the scan :

iwlist wlan0 scan

iwlist wlan0 scan1

This shows a list of wireless access points in my range. I can see all sorts of information using scan :

  • Channel
  • MAC address
  • Encryption

Now that everything related to the hardware seems to be working, its time to setup some scripts and such to I can try to automate the process of cracking wireless AP’s.


Martin Jørgensen

Martin Jørgensen

Got my degree from EAL in 2012 as an IT-Technologist with specialty in network. I enjoy living in a century where I can earn a living doing my hobby. Material I publish here are often part of my small projects.
Martin Jørgensen

Latest posts by Martin Jørgensen (see all)


Related Posts

  • Sounds interesting 🙂

  • But the picture is wrong…

  • Nevermind lol, I found the bug xD

  • Pingback: Automate wifi hacking using the Raspberry Pi recap » IT Technologist()

  • Megat

    Hi, I’m using the same wifi adapter. But why there is no wlan0? Seems that you just plug n play the device without problems.

    • Hi!
      Are you using the PWnPi 3.0 distro ?
      I tried this on Kali linux, but the current version didnt have support for the TL-WN722N, I then installed the PwnPI distro, and it worked out of the box. Remember to have the USB plugged into the Raspberry before its turned on, the power surge will shut it down otherwise.

      • Megat

        I did plugged in the wifi adaptor for my 2nd try and it works. Thanks! I’m using the Rpi for my final year project. The purpose is to act as a portable pentest and firewall configuration toolkit. I’m using Kali for the pentest and IPFire for the firewall. Before this, I did succeed on configuring the TL-WN722N on Kali and the injection works. But yesterday I flashed a new image and did the same configuration and it doesn’t work. I came across your site and try the pwnpi. Can u make a tutorial on wifi hacking using pwnpi? I’ve read a lot of tutorial but most of them have issues when it comes to aireplay-ng. Maybe because they did it on Backtrack/Kali. I know it’s using the same Linux kernel but i just want to know the proper way to do it with pwnpi so that my presentation could be a lot smoother. Thanks in advance!

      • Megat

        I was able to perform the wifi penetration testing using aircrack by following a tutorial from WonderHowTo website 🙂
        Thanks anyway!

  • Fredrik

    How did you get the Atheros AR9271 to work? I have the exact same USB Wifi modem (Atheros AR9271), but it doesn’t work out-of-the-box. It shows up when running lsusb. But Im not able to load it as the wlan0. I run Pwnpi 3 on a Raspberry PI B model.

Back to Top