I'm trying to figure out whether my wireless chipset is capable of entering monitoring mode for passive network scanning or packet injection. How can I view the specific chipset information about the wireless card in my macbook pro?
You can find out which chipset you currently have installed in your Mac with the following command:
$ system_profiler SPAirPortDataType | grep Firmware
You should get a response similar to the following:
Firmware Version: Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (220.127.116.11.1a2)
This tells us we've got the Broadcom BCM43xx series.
Install AirTool and you can capture packets on one channel or all channels.
Apple’s OEM chipsets are quite capable of packet capture and scanning.