Deauther Web Interface Explained

Deauther Web Interface Explained

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Stefan
·Mar 13, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Getting Started
  • Home / Warning Page
  • Scan Page
  • SSID Page
  • Attack Page
  • Settings
  • Errors

Everything you need to know about the ESP8266 Deauther V2 Web Interface.

Getting Started

To access the web interface, you have to have your Deauther running and connect to its WiFi network pwnd with the password deauther.

Then open your browser and visit 192.168.4.1. Make sure you're not connected to a VPN, or anything else that could get in the way. You have to temporarily disable the mobile connection on some phones to make it work.

If you can't see a pwned network, ensure ESP8266 Deauther firmware was successfully installed. We made a tutorial for that, which you can find here.

Home / Warning Page

ESP8266 Deauther Home / Warning Page

The first thing you'll probably see when you open the web interface is a warning that you have to confirm to continue.

We felt this was necessary when making it since many users would abuse our tool and spread misinformation about how it works.

Scan Page

Deauther Scan Page

You can discover access points (WiFi networks) and stations (client devices) nearby on the scan page. If the access point list is empty, click on SCAN APS.

A scan takes a few seconds (usually 2 - 5 seconds). Depending on your board, you might see a LED turning on when starting the scan. As soon as the scan is finished, it turns off, signaling you to click on RELOAD to see the scan results.

Deauther Scan Page

Once you have a list of the access points, you can select them for an attack. But make sure to only select your own networks. Attacking other people's networks on purpose is strictly prohibited!

You can select multiple targets, but it's recommended to select only a single one for stability and performance reasons.

You can also scan for stations to select a specific client rather than an entire network. While a station scan is running, the web interface will be unavailable. You have to wait until it's finished and then reconnect.

SSID Page

Deauther SSID Page

This is where you can add, edit and remove SSIDs. An SSID (Service Set Identifier) is the name of a WiFi network. They are used in beacon and probe attacks.

Deauther SSID Page

Attack Page

Deauther Attack Page

On the attack page, you start and stop WiFi attacks such as Deauthentication, Beacon, and Probe.

You may lose connection to the web interface when initiating an attack, but if you only selected one target, you may be able to reconnect to it without problems. Attacks stop after 5 minutes by default. This is intended behavior to prevent abuse.

The pkts/s info is not automatically refreshed to save resources. You have to manually click RELOAD.

Settings

Deauther Settings Page

You can edit device settings here, such as the SSID and password of the Deauther's network. But make sure to hit SAVE after changing something and click on RELOAD to refresh the site and check whether or not your changes were applied.

Errors

When using this tool, a thing to keep in mind is that the ESP8266 Deauther project was a proof of concept that became a popular tool for beginners to learn about WiFi hacking.

It's not a professional tool. It's free and open source. So please understand that:

  • The web interface is sometimes unstable and creates errors.
  • You will lose connection to the Deauther when starting a scan or an attack.
  • The attacks are meant for testing. They are not guaranteed to work. Learn more here.
  • The amount of networks and devices you are able to pick up and attack is limited by a variety of external factors, including but not limited to the transmit power of such a small device and its antenna.
 
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