My favorite tool: Wifi Pineapple

I’ve got my PEN….I’ve got my Pineapple…oh no, it’s stuck in my mind. For those that haven’t seen this video with over 5 million views, go ahead and check it out: Now you can live my Pen Pineapple Apple Pen hell. Just kidding,..kind of :wink:. This song comes to my ADHD brain everytime I think or talk about one of my favorite tools: The WiFi Pineapple.

Lets jump right into setting up this bad boy (more posts coming on how to use it in different scenarios).
Navigating the Setup Wizard: Setting up your WiFi Pineapple

So, you’ve got your hands on a WiFi Pineapple Mark VII, and now it’s time to dive into setting it up. Whether you’re a seasoned cybersecurity pro or just starting out, getting your WiFi Pineapple up and running is the first step to exploring its powerful capabilities. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps of setting up your WiFi Pineapple and navigating the Setup wizard.

Getting Started: Connecting to your WiFi Pineapple

Before we delve into the setup process, let’s ensure you’re connected to your WiFi Pineapple. Once you’ve connected and it’s fully booted, you can access the WiFi Pineapple Stager at Remember, the port number is crucial here; the WiFi Pineapple uses port 1471 instead of the default HTTP port.
The WiFi Pineapple ships with a streamlined firmware called the stager, allowing for easy updates to the latest firmware right out of the box. This approach ensures you’re always equipped with the most recent features and enhancements.

Updating Firmware Over-The-Air (OTA)

Updating your WiFi Pineapple’s firmware over-the-air is a straightforward process. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Verify WiFi Pineapple Presence: Confirm your connection to the WiFi Pineapple by following the on-screen instructions.
  2. Connect to an Access Point: Establish an internet connection by connecting to a known Access Point. This allows the WiFi Pineapple to download the latest firmware automatically.
  3. Automatic Firmware Download: Once connected, the latest firmware will be fetched and flashed to your device automatically.
  4. Wait for Flashing to Complete: The initial flash and boot process may take some time (around 10-15 minutes). Patience is key during this phase.
  5. Chrome Considerations: Note that some versions of Chrome may report the page as unresponsive post-update. If this occurs, simply close the tab and reopen to resume setup.

Manual Firmware Upload

Alternatively, you can opt for a manual firmware upload if OTA isn’t suitable for your situation. Here’s how:

  1. Download Firmware: Obtain the latest firmware from the Hak5 Download Portal, ensuring it matches the SHA256 sum listed on the website for integrity verification.
  2. Upload to WiFi Pineapple: Navigate to the Network page and select the “upload a firmware instead” option. Upload the downloaded firmware, which will then be checked and flashed to your WiFi Pineapple.

By following these steps, you’ll have your WiFi Pineapple up and running with the latest firmware, ready to explore its full potential.

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