Wi-Fi Pineapple Mark VII: Initial Setup
The Hak5 WiFi Pineapple is a highly advanced WiFi auditing and MITM platform. The original "RougeAP" device - the WiFi Pineapple provides an end-to-end workflow to bring WiFi clients from their trusted network to your rouge network.
The Wi-Fi Pineapple is a wireless auditing platform from Hak5 that allows network security administrators to conduct penetration tests. Pen tests are a type of ethical hacking in which white hat hackers seek out security vulnerabilities that a black hat attacker could exploit. The labels white hat and black hat are derived from old-time Western movies in which the good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black hats.
The Wi-Fi Pineapple can also be used as a rogue access point (AP) to conduct man in the middle (MitM) attacks. A MiTM attack is one in which the attacker secretly intercepts and relays messages between two parties that believe they are communicating directly with each other. The inexpensive price and friendly user interface (UI) enable attackers with little technical knowledge to eavesdrop on computing devices using public Wi-Fi networks in order to collect sensitive personal information, including passwords.
When a Pineapple is used for pen testing, it is referred to as a honeypot. When a Pineapple is used as a rogue AP to conduct MitM security exploits, it is referred to as an evil twin or pineapple sandwich.
To begin setting up the WiFi Pineapple Mark VII, you will first need to assemble the unit by attaching the included antennas. The antennas screw onto the RP-SMA ports around the device. Then, decide if you will be setting up the device by WiFi, by USB Ethernet, or by USB Flash Disk.
Setup by WiFI
1. Power the WiFi Pineapple Mark VII using the included cable and a 2-Amp USB power source. The light will begin blinking blue. When the light shows solid blue, the device is ready to setup.
2. Using a computer or smartphone, connect to the WiFi Pineapple's open wireless network, named "Pineapple_XXXX" (where XXXX are the last 4 characters of the device's MAC address).
3. Once connected to the wireless network, open a web browser to http://172.16.42.1:1471 and follow the on-screen instructions. The setup wizard will prompt you to connect the WiFi Pineapple to a wireless network, from which it will download and install the latest version of the WiFi Pineapple software. This process typically takes about 10 minutes—during which time it is important to keep the device plugged in and powered on.
Setup by USB Ethernet
The WiFi Pineapple Mark VII contains a built-in USB Ethernet adapter from the USB-C port. With this port, you can access the WiFi Pineapple LAN without needing a Cat6 Ethernet cable and RJ45 port.
1. Connect the WiFi Pineapple Mark VII to a computer using the included USB cable. For Windows and Linux computers, the ASIX AX88772C USB Ethernet adapter drivers should install automatically. Mac OS Catalina and above may not install the driver automatically. If necessary, install the driver from the ASIX driver download page for the AX88772C.
2.Once the WiFi Pineapple is connected to the computer, it will enumerate as a USB Ethernet adapter and that interface should receive an IP address from the WiFi Pineapple via DHCP in the 172.16.42.0/24 range.
3.Open a web browser to http://172.16.42.1:1471 and follow the on-screen instructions. The setup wizard will prompt you to connect the WiFi Pineapple to a wireless network, from which it will download and install the latest version of the WiFi Pineapple software. This process typically takes about 10 minutes—during which time it is important to keep the device plugged in and powered on.