You should ask Fedora people how to configure the wireless interface to go directly into monitor mode.
I am sure it is just a simple configuration option in their network configuration files.[/quote36civar1]
That is why I am posting here because the Fedora people were not able to help. The network configuration system does not support Monitor mode as I mentioned in my first post and will not apply the settings when the interface comes up so it defaults back to Managed mode. So I was hoping there is some configuration option with modprobe to help or if someone knew where to start looking in the driver source to set the default to monitor mode.
It's simpler than that.
You have to add an interface in mode monitor. With iw is very simple
Add the interface with iw [b1ifkvgcz]iw dev wmaster0 interface add mon0 type monitor[/b1ifkvgcz]
Read this [url=http://lists.berlios.de/pipermail/bcm43xx-dev/2008-April/007274.html1ifkvgcz]message[/url1ifkvgcz] about iw[/quote1ifkvgcz]
Thanks. IW only seems to work with the rt2x00 driver and not the legacy rt73 driver so that won't work in this case.
When I do try iw with the rt2x00 driver, it creates the mon0 device in monitor mode, but as soon as I reboot it is gone. How would I make it stay permanently so it will start in monitor mode even after a reboot?