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ieee80211_radiotap(9) [freebsd man page]

IEEE80211_RADIOTAP(9)					   BSD Kernel Developer's Manual				     IEEE80211_RADIOTAP(9)

ieee80211_radiotap -- 802.11 device packet capture support SYNOPSIS
#include <net80211/ieee80211_var.h> void ieee80211_radiotap_attach(struct ieee80211com *, struct ieee80211_radiotap_header *th, int tlen, uint32_t tx_radiotap, struct ieee80211_radiotap_header *rh, int rlen, uint32_t rx_radiotap); int ieee80211_radiotap_active_vap(struct ieee80211vap *); int ieee80211_radiotap_active(struct ieee80211com *); void ieee80211_radiotap_tx(struct ieee80211vap *, struct mbuf *); DESCRIPTION
The net80211 layer used by 802.11 drivers includes support for a device-independent packet capture format called radiotap that is understood by tools such as tcpdump(1). This facility is designed for capturing 802.11 traffic, including information that is not part of the normal 802.11 frame structure. Radiotap was designed to balance the desire for a hardware-independent, extensible capture format against the need to conserve CPU and memory bandwidth on embedded systems. These considerations led to a format consisting of a standard preamble followed by an extensible bitmap indi- cating the presence of optional capture fields. A net80211 device driver supporting radiotap defines two packed structures that it shares with net80211. These structures embed an instance of a ieee80211_radiotap_header structure at the beginning, with subsequent fields in the appropriate order, and macros to set the bits of the it_present bitmap to indicate which fields exist and are filled in by the driver. This information is then supplied through the ieee80211_radiotap_attach() call after a successful ieee80211_ifattach() request. With radiotap setup, drivers just need to fill in per-packet capture state for frames sent/received and dispatch capture state in the trans- mit path (since control is not returned to the net80211 layer before the packet is handed to the device). To minimize overhead this work should be done only when one or more processes are actively capturing data; this is checked with one of ieee80211_radiotap_active_vap() and ieee80211_radiotap_active(). In the transmit path capture work looks like this: if (ieee80211_radiotap_active_vap(vap)) { ... /* record transmit state */ ieee80211_radiotap_tx(vap, m); /* capture transmit event */ } While in the receive path capture is handled in net80211 but state must be captured before dispatching a frame: if (ieee80211_radiotap_active(ic)) { ... /* record receive state */ } ... ieee80211_input(...); /* packet capture handled in net80211 */ The following fields are defined for radiotap, in the order in which they should appear in the buffer supplied to net80211. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_TSFT This field contains the unsigned 64-bit value, in microseconds, of the MAC's 802.11 Time Synchronization Function (TSF). In theory, for each received frame, this value is recorded when the first bit of the MPDU arrived at the MAC. In practice, hardware snapshots the TSF otherwise and one cannot assume this data is accurate without driver adjustment. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_FLAGS This field contains a single unsigned 8-bit value, containing one or more of these bit flags: IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_F_CFP Frame was sent/received during the Contention Free Period (CFP). IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_F_SHORTPRE Frame was sent/received with short preamble. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_F_WEP Frame was encrypted. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_F_FRAG Frame was an 802.11 fragment. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_F_FCS Frame contents includes the FCS. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_F_DATAPAD Frame contents potentially has padding between the 802.11 header and the data payload to align the payload to a 32-bit bound- ary. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_F_BADFCS Frame was received with an invalid FCS. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_F_SHORTGI Frame was sent/received with Short Guard Interval. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_RATE This field contains a single unsigned 8-bit value that is the data rate. Legacy rates are in units of 500Kbps. MCS rates (used on 802.11n/HT channels) have the high bit set and the MCS in the low 7 bits. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_CHANNEL This field contains two unsigned 16-bit values. The first value is the center frequency for the channel the frame was sent/received on. The second value is a bitmap containing flags that specify channel properties. This field is deprecated in favor of IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_XCHANNEL but may be used to save space in the capture file for legacy devices. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_DBM_ANTSIGNAL This field contains a single signed 8-bit value that indicates the RF signal power at the antenna, in decibels difference from 1mW. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_DBM_ANTNOISE This field contains a single signed 8-bit value that indicates the RF noise power at the antenna, in decibels difference from 1mW. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_DBM_TX_POWER Transmit power expressed as decibels from a 1mW reference. This field is a single signed 8-bit value. This is the absolute power level measured at the antenna port. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_ANTENNA This field contains a single unsigned 8-bit value that specifies which antenna was used to transmit or receive the frame. Antenna numbering is device-specific but typically the primary antenna has the lowest number. On transmit a value of zero may be seen which typically means antenna selection is left to the device. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_DB_ANTSIGNAL This field contains a single unsigned 8-bit value that indicates the RF signal power at the antenna, in decibels difference from an arbitrary, fixed reference. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_DB_ANTNOISE This field contains a single unsigned 8-bit value that indicates the RF noise power at the antenna, in decibels difference from an arbitrary, fixed reference. IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_XCHANNEL This field contains four values: a 32-bit unsigned bitmap of flags that describe the channel attributes, a 16-bit unsigned frequency in MHz (typically the channel center), an 8-bit unsigned IEEE channel number, and a signed 8-bit value that holds the maximum regula- tory transmit power cap in .5 dBm (8 bytes total). Channel flags are defined in: <net80211/_ieee80211.h> (only a subset are found in <net80211/ieee80211_radiotap.h> ). This property supersedes IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_CHANNEL and is the only way to completely express all channel attributes and the mapping between channel frequency and IEEE channel number. EXAMPLES
Radiotap receive definitions for the Intersil Prism driver: #define WI_RX_RADIOTAP_PRESENT ((1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_TSFT) (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_FLAGS) | (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_RATE) | (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_CHANNEL) | (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_DB_ANTSIGNAL) | (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_DB_ANTNOISE)) struct wi_rx_radiotap_header { struct ieee80211_radiotap_header wr_ihdr; uint64_t wr_tsf; uint8_t wr_flags; uint8_t wr_rate; uint16_t wr_chan_freq; uint16_t wr_chan_flags; uint8_t wr_antsignal; uint8_t wr_antnoise; } __packed; and transmit definitions for the Atheros driver: #define ATH_TX_RADIOTAP_PRESENT ( (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_TSFT) | (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_FLAGS) | (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_RATE) | (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_DBM_TX_POWER) | (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_ANTENNA) | (1 << IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_XCHANNEL) | 0) struct ath_tx_radiotap_header { struct ieee80211_radiotap_header wt_ihdr; uint64_t wt_tsf; uint8_t wt_flags; uint8_t wt_rate; uint8_t wt_txpower; uint8_t wt_antenna; uint32_t wt_chan_flags; uint16_t wt_chan_freq; uint8_t wt_chan_ieee; int8_t wt_chan_maxpow; } __packed; SEE ALSO
tcpdump(1), bpf(4), ieee80211(9) HISTORY
The ieee80211_radiotap definitions first appeared in NetBSD 1.5. AUTHORS
The original version of this manual page was written by Bruce M. Simpson <> and Darron Broad <>. BSD
August 4, 2009 BSD
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