What is the new network interface mon.wlan0?

Kalle Valo kvalo at adurom.com
Thu May 10 03:20:09 EDT 2012

Ben Sullivan <office at bensullivan.net> writes:

> I have created a new access point on a Ubuntu 11.10 instance following this
> recipe:
> http://nims11.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/
> hostapd-the-linux-way-to-create-virtual-wifi-access-point/
> After running hostapd, I see a new network interface created:
> mon.wlan0 Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr
> E0-B9-A5-9C-5A-68-30-30-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00  
>           UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
>           RX packets:315 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:47387 (47.3 KB)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
> Could someone explain what this is and why it has been created?

hostapd uses it to send and receive management frames.

Kalle Valo

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