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Building a Pentesting Lab for Wireless Networks

By : Andrey Popov, Vyacheslav Fadyushin, Aaron Woody
Book Image

Building a Pentesting Lab for Wireless Networks

By: Andrey Popov, Vyacheslav Fadyushin, Aaron Woody

Overview of this book

Starting with the basics of wireless networking and its associated risks, we will guide you through the stages of creating a penetration testing lab with wireless access and preparing your wireless penetration testing machine. This book will guide you through configuring hardware and virtual network devices, filling the lab network with applications and security solutions, and making it look and work like a real enterprise network. The resulting lab protected with WPA-Enterprise will let you practice most of the attack techniques used in penetration testing projects. Along with a review of penetration testing frameworks, this book is also a detailed manual on preparing a platform for wireless penetration testing. By the end of this book, you will be at the point when you can practice, and research without worrying about your lab environment for every task.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Building a Pentesting Lab for Wireless Networks
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Configuring hardware wired devices

So, that is enough theory. Now let's proceed with some practice and finally configure the network devices.

We will configure our routers and switches via console ports using a special console cable, which in our case has a RJ-45 connector at one end and a DB-9 connector at the other end. You are unlikely to find DB-9 ports on contemporary computers, thus we need to have a DB-9-USB adapter cable to be able to connect it to a USB port. You can see an example of such a cable and an adapter in the following images from the Cisco website:

The Cisco console cable

The DB-9 to USB adapter


You might need to install special drivers for using an adapter, so please check your adapter's user manual.

Alternatively, you can get a console cable with both RJ-45 and USB connectors, for example, on eBay (

The RJ-45 to USB console cable

We will also need a terminal software to be able to communicate with devices via console ports. On Linux or MAC OS X, you...