Ether Mashup Device

The Ether Mashup Device is a portable device that sniff, decrypt and store images or webpages from a selected wifi network. It has also the ability to send all the captured traffic to a remote server. Data can be shown by running the Ether Mashup Server on the remote machine.

The code featured here is part of The Ether Mashup, an art project about network surveillance by Clément Renaud, Lionel Radisson and Nicolas Maigret.

In this rep

  • the config file
  • ./sniffer sniff data from a selected wep/wpa2 network
  • ./writer write files on the hard disk
  • ./sender watch folder and send new files to another machine using scp (ssh)
  • ./sender_secure identical but use tar compression and ssh/netcat for better results
  • grab http traffic and store files using the awesome Justniffer (requires
  • a startup script to launch all the process
  • ethersniffer is a daemon script to implement sniffer as a service

The /docs rep contains some more info and notes about the development process. It is a mess but it may come in handy to someone who wants to dig into the config and install.


To install it, you need :

* A mini-pc (tested with raspberry Pi but should work with any Debian-like environment)
* SD card (the faster the better - tested with Kingston 16GB Class10)
* USB Wifi Card 1 (monitoring tested with TP-LINK TL-WN722N)
* USB Wifi Card 2 (data transfer tested with EDUP EP-N8508GS)
* Ethernet cable

Quick Install on Raspberry Pi

  • Plug the 2 wifi in usb ports (big TP-LINK at the bottom, small wifi key at the top)
  • Download the Image pisniffer_20131003.img
  • Flash the image to your SD card
  • SSH the pi to your computer with the ethernet cable : ssh pi@
  • Password is raspberry
  • Configure values in to sniff a network and send to server
  • Authorize your device for password-free ssh login into your server ssh-copy-id user@server_ip
  • Reboot the machine (the boot sequence can take up to one minute)

Install on other systems, hardware and platforms

See in the /docs folder

  • OpenWRT : tested on TP-LINK TL-WR703N -- sniffing works but decryption doesn't (not enough computing power)
  • Ubuntu : works on Ubuntu


You will find instructions about how to exhibit in the file /docs/ read now