In some travel destinations, free wireless APs with simple WEP or WPA PSK passwords are common place. Every hotel, cafe, and so on has one. However, language barriers can make it difficult to communicate the password. Common mistakes include "A" vs. "a", "y" vs. "i", "c" vs. "z", "1" vs. "7", "O" (letter) vs. "0" (number). Frequently, you'll find travellers guessing and discussing passwords. Is there are more efficient solution than manual trial-and-error?

I'm looking for an app or other solution, that

  • saves the hassle of retyping the same password and variations thereof by remembering previous guesses,
  • gives faster, better feedback if the connection with the current password fails (weak signal or wrong password?),
  • can efficiently try a number of passwords (variations of the password I entered or default passwords from a dictionary).

I'm not interested in cracking a network with strong security. I want to get connected quickly if the waiter tells me "It's just oh, one, two, a, be, zee" while he's on his way to the next table. An efficient WEP or WPA2 cracker would get the job done, but for this purpose it's not required to crack strong passwords.

  • 1
    Please note that questions asking "is there an app that does X" are not a good fit for this site. Please review the FAQ. However, if you can transform this question into a "how do I do X" it has a much better chance of staying around.
    – ale
    Jul 31, 2012 at 12:52
  • What's wrong with just asking the staff to write it down?
    – MarioDS
    Oct 26, 2012 at 19:25

1 Answer 1



There's now a project that got monitor mode working on the Galaxy S2 and the Google Nexus One.
See http://bcmon.blogspot.de/

As far as I know there's currently no WEP/WPA cracking app. The fact Android is open and Linux based would allow this basically, however most (all?) wifi chipset drivers don't allow the necessary monitor mode and solutions would be tied to single makes/models with supported chipsets. Using known working USB wifi adapters with OTG ready devices would allow to circumvent this restriction but there has not been a project to do so yet. Update: There's some effort by the author of Kismet.

This is not covering your question but is somewhat related:
You might however have luck using these 2 tools (root required): Element53 and ProxyDroid

Many paid access points allow DNS resolution. Element53 is a TCP-over-DNS tunnel app (DNS has port 53, hence the name) to exploit this. The free version has 10MB traffic limit, here's the explanation from the Google Play:

Element53, the DNS tunnel for Android.

Element53 is a ready-to-use DNS-tunnel for Android. It can be used for penetration testing (other uses are not supported).

  • This sounds like a nice tool to steel Wifi from paid APs requiring login/payment via s captive portal (HTTP intersecting proxy). However, it does not answer my question.
    – Jan
    Jul 31, 2012 at 12:30
  • 1
    @Jan Your question is essentially the same as "How can I crack a WiFi Ap? " Efficiently try to number of passwords = brute forcing.
    – user13391
    Jul 31, 2012 at 13:33

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .