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  1. Hmmm...not sure. If it doesn't make it through firmware recovery without rebooting, that sure *feels* like a hardware problem...
  2. I would think that autorun wouldn't activate until you entered "mass storage" mode. Could you start your payload in HID keyboard mode, send the commands to edit the registry to turn off autorun, and THEN switch to mass storage mode?
  3. Ugh...so from your computer's side it behaves like you're plugging/unplugging a USB ethernet device over and over?
  4. After you did this (holding the button down while powering on), did you complete the firmware installation? I've never interrupted the process like that, but I do know that it would have a different IP address at that time (like and would be looking for you to upload new firmware. Check out the "Firmware Recovery" section On the Pinapple FAQ page that should get you at least out of DFU mode...hopefully...
  5. Follow the instructions closely: as part of the instructions, you will browse to the factory firmware loading page on your device (which will have a default IP address of page will give you a progress indicator and let you know when the firmware update is complete.
  6. Are you using the Y-Cable to connect/power the Nano? You should be: the Nano's current requirements are at the edge of what a single USB port can supply so running it without the Y-Cable might be marginal. If that's not the problem: I had similar problems with a Nano that seemed to have corrupt firmware out of the box. Go to https://www.wifipineapple.com/pages/faq and go to the "Firmware Recovery" section (I suppose you could try "Factory Reset" steps first...I tried that and it didn't help in my case). That will get you a really fresh start.
  7. Thanks for the input, all. I thought I was being careful in selecting the antenna with the correct connector, but for sanity's sake...pic attached That is a really good point and something I had not thought about before. I will file that little tidbit away for later. However, I don't think that is what is happening in this situation because, when I switch back to the original dipoles that came with the Nano (which were working fine before I swapped them), I continue to see the problem. I would think that if it was just an issue with the antenna parameters, it would go back to the way it was before once I went back to the antenna I was using before. I definitely did not connect or disconnect the antennas with power on. I've got a healthy level of paranoia the would prevent me from doinf something like that. This worries me a little becuase there was an active access point about 6 feet away
  8. I ran into the same issue once during my initial testing. I exported the SSID pool, factory reset the Nano (by holing the reset button...don't know if it might have worked from the menu), and I never saw the problem again. I know it doesn't explain *why* it happens (or help the guys troubleshooting), but you might try it to get running again quickly.
  9. Is it possible that using high gain antennas on the Nano could cause damage? Here's the scenario: I had my Nano for a few weeks and, after a slight learning curve, everything was working relatively well. I was having a little trouble getting anything but the closest clients to associate after they were de-authed and I assumed that it was because their "native" access point had a stronger signal. So, in an effort to boost the Pineapple's signal, I ordered a couple of 9dB antennas (inspired by this thread ). After installing the new antennas, I fired up the Pineapple and did a recon scan. Disappointingly, the only two AP's to show up in a five minute scan were the ones within a 20 foot radius (and even they had a less than 50% signal strength). Prior to switching to the new antennae I would typically see 15-20 access points from the same physical location. Using my keen troubleshooting skills, I decided the cheapo antennas were pieces-o-crap and chalked it up to a "lesson learned". I shut the Pineapple down, put the stock antennas back on, plugged in and did another recon scan. Still no access points but the two very close ones. I got to thinking about it and I wonder if perhaps boosting the effective output power of the radios overloaded and damaged one. Like wlan0 transmitted just a few inches away (the length of the Nano) from the receiver in wlan0 and burned up the front-end receive circuitry? I'd be interested to see if any of you have successfully (or unsuccessfully) used high gain antennas. Maybe it's just my crappy luck...
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