The Wifi Pineapple has been around for a while now but I’ve never taken the time to write about it. Stephen Foskett was the first to tell me about it. That was about a year ago now, and so this post is quite late indeed. So as the course should be, before I go into any details about the Pineapple, it would be best to cover how to get started with it. This post aims to show you how to log into the Wifi Pineapple, upgrade the firmware, and log back into the newly upgraded device.
How to Perform A Basic Setup of the WiFi Pineapple
- Log into the Wifi Pineapple interface using a web browser
- Wait for the Continue Link to Appear
- Click Continue
- Log in
- Connect To Your Wireless Network
- Click Client Mode
- Wait for the SSID’s to Load
- Connect to your desired network
- Wait For The Network To Connect
- Once Connected You Can Now Update Firmware
- Click WiFi Pineapple MK5
- Click Firmware Upgrade
- Click Check For Upgrade
- Click Flash
- Wait For Firmware To Download
- After Downloading Wait For The Upgrade To Install
- Click Continue
- Select Your LED Pattern
- Set Your Password
- Set A Secure SSID
- Click Continue
- Log Back In
- Kick The Tires!
Log Into the Wifi Pineapple Interface Using a Web Browser
The Wifi Pineapple is a small wireless access-point with many more features than that term does it justice for. We’ll get into those features at another time. However, there is an Ethernet port on the pineapple. The easiest way to get started is to connect to that Ethernet port. The pineapple will issue a DHCP address of 172.16.42.x. Using a web browser, navigate to 172.16.42.1:1471. As you can see, you are prompted to change the password. This password is for the user root. Accept the EULA and the Software License. Click Set Password.
Wait for the Continue Link to Appear
Log in using the password you set previously.
Connect to Your Wireless Network
To connect to the wireless network as a client click Network.
Click Client Mode
Wait for the SSID’s to Load
Connect to Your Desired Network
Select your network from the dropdown and enter the key. Then click Connect to this network.
Wait for the Network to Connect
Once Connected You Can Now Update Firmware
Click WiFi Pineapple MK5
Click Firmware Upgrade
Click Check for Upgrade
Since an upgrade is available click Flash. This process will take a bit of time. In my case it took about 30 minutes and I had to log back into the interface and start it a second time.
Wait for Firmware to Download
After Downloading Wait for the Upgrade to Install
After the firmware updates the interface will refresh. Click Continue.
Select Your LED Pattern
For this step you have to look at the pineapple. There are 4 LEDs. Select how they are configured using the radio buttons.
Set Your Password
Again set the password for the user root. Accept the EULA and Software License. Click Set Password.
Set a Secure SSID
Now the pineapple configures a SSID by default that you can use for management.
Log Back In
Kick the Tires!
One you’re logged back in you’ll notice that the interface is much more responsive. It still seems to be a bit buggy at times, but its much better than before. Take some time to explore the Pineapple Bar for infusions (packages) you can install such as an nmap front end, network tools, and so on. There is a lot you can do with the pineapple so plan on spending a little time kicking around in it. We’ll have additional tutorials in the coming weeks.