Frequently Asked Questions

Power sources2019-10-03T07:39:29+02:00

PandwaRF can be powered by several sources:

  • internal battery
  • USB port with an external power bank
  • USB port, powered from smartphone using an USB OTG male-male cable (provided)
Can I power off my PandwaRF?2019-10-03T07:29:40+02:00

Yes, there is a ON/OFF power switch inside the case.

How long does the battery last?2019-10-03T07:28:25+02:00

It depends on the usage.

  • PandwaRF can last several weeks in idle mode.
  • In TX or RX mode, the battery will last for approx. 10 hours.
Is PandwaRF a SDR?2019-10-02T12:23:25+02:00

As explained here, PandwaRF is not a SDR.

  • A SDR sends I/Q samples directly (over USB) to the host. This allows the I/Q demodulation to be made by the SW running on the host.
  • PandwaRF doesn’t send the I/Q samples to the host over USB. These I/Q samples are directly demodulated by the chipset and the demodulated data is then sent to the host.
For how long can PandwaRF Marauder record RF data?2019-10-02T11:39:54+02:00

The battery lasts about 10 hours and depending on the Marauder version, it can perform a maximum of 256 or 512 captures of 1-second duration each.

Do you provide free samples/test devices?2019-10-02T11:35:57+02:00

We don’t provide free samples.

Long time ago we provided one free to an Elf, but he was famous. If you are famous or an Elf, contact us. You will not get a free sample, but we will discuss about Orcs.

Is there a guide on getting started with PandwaRF?2019-10-02T11:33:38+02:00

You can find the user guide here or have a look at our wiki.

How can we order without charging the VAT?2019-10-02T11:31:17+02:00

If you are a company in Europe and have a VAT number, please contact us to provide your billing information (including VAT number) and the VAT will not be charged.

I found PandwaRF for sale from a reseller not listed on your website, can I order from them anyway?2019-10-02T11:30:24+02:00

Orders from unauthorized resellers are poor quality clones and do not benefit from technical support and bug fixes, and are not compatible with the PandwaRF Android application.

What is the range for RX/TX?2019-10-02T11:29:59+02:00

The connection from smartphone to PandwaRF uses Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), and theoretical range is up to 100m, but depends on radio conditions.

The range from remote control to PandwaRF is approx. 30m, but also depends on radio conditions.

Can I buy directly at your office in France?2019-10-02T11:29:53+02:00

No, our office is not open to the public. You can only buy online.

Can I open my PandwaRF to see what’s under the hood?2019-10-02T11:54:52+02:00

Yes, use a coin or similar tool as shown here.

Is there some “Do the dirty work for me” button?2019-10-02T11:57:27+02:00

PandwaRF Rogue Pro has many auto-detection features:

  • Auto frequency detection
  • auto data rate measurement
  • data rate computation from over-sampled data
  • model searcher…
I don’t know RF, can I use PandwaRF?2019-10-02T11:22:55+02:00

Well, we would love to say yes, but the truth is that you need to understand the basis, like modulation, data rate, sampling rate, deviation, RSSI, etc…

Hopefully, we have made the app as easy as possible.

What version should I buy?2019-10-02T11:22:26+02:00

The PandwaRF family is composed of several product versions:

  • PandwaRF Bare: the cheapest version, no battery, no case. To experiment without big investment. €.
  • PandwaRF: Fits in your pocket, battery, nice black case. For basic RF tasks. €€.
  • PandwaRF Rogue Pro: Better at pentesting and brute forcing. Faster and more powerful. €€€.
  • PandwaRF Rogue Gov: Faster. Home Alarm hacking feature. Not for the Dark Side. €€€€.
  • PandwaRF Marauder: drop and forget. Capture and replay. Works without a Smartphone. €€€ to €€€€.

Before choosing a product version, you should think about what you are planning to use your PandwaRF for.

  • If you are not sure or you just want to try it out, the PandwaRF is probably right for you.
  • If you have a more specific purpose you should take a look at the Rogue Pro or the Marauder.
  • If you are part of/working with LEA and you don’t have a vast RF knowledge, the Rogue Gov is probably the best choice. 

More details here: https://pandwarf.com/news/which-pandwarf-variant-should-you-choose/

Battery replacement2019-10-02T11:19:12+02:00

It can happen that your battery become weak, or dead. Don’t worry you can replace your battery easily with instructions.

Is PandwaRF legal?2019-10-02T11:18:36+02:00

PandwaRF is a tool. Like any tool, it can be used to do good or bad. We are not responsible for what you do with it. PandwaRF is made to assess the security of your own devices only.

I noticed an issue with my PandwaRF, when will you fix it?2019-10-02T11:18:13+02:00

Please raise a ticket for any technical issue. Contact us directly if you have a malfunctioning board.

What kind of support do you provide?2019-10-02T11:17:24+02:00

Any technical issue can be handled through our GitHub issue tracking. You can also reach us by chat/email/forum.

Does it work on all Android phones ?2019-10-02T11:16:34+02:00

PandwaRF application can only work on Android KitKat (API level 19 and higher). However, some phones have better Bluetooth than others. Please check the list of Android Tested Devices.

What modulation are best supported?2019-10-02T11:14:43+02:00

PandwaRF prefers working on OOK modulation, because it is the most common. However, supported modulation are ASK/OOK/MSK/2-FSK/GFSK.

What can you do using PandwaRF ?2019-10-01T15:24:44+02:00

Possible applications include:

  • Receive keyfobs transmission (car, alarm, gate opener, …)
  • Replay captured transmission from keyfobs
  • Replay a modified captured transmission
  • Transmit your own custom payload
  • Capture RF data and transmit it on another frequency
  • Brute force wireless devices (alarms, gate openers, ..)
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Find the frequency used by a RF device
  • Reverse engineer unknown protocols
  • Measure the data rate of a transmission
  • Check the RF jam-resistance of your own devices
  • Send captured data to a server for post-processing
  • Write custom Javascript scenarios
  • Develop your own Android application
Is RF knowledge required in order to use PandwaRF?2019-10-01T19:17:43+02:00

We did our best to make sure that PandwaRF can be used by anybody, but basic RF knowledge (being familiar with terms like data rate, modulation etc) is recommended in order to fully enjoy all the features.

Can PandwaRF brute force rolling codes?2019-10-01T19:17:51+02:00

Yes, if the length is < 16bits. But it is not plug and play. You will have to configure PandwaRF with the correct settings (frequency, modulation, data rate, symbols etc).

We kindly remind you that brute forcing something that doesn’t belong to you is very very bad. Don’t do it. Seriously.

Is PandwaRF open source?2019-10-01T19:18:07+02:00

Well, partially.
Some pieces are definitely open source (e.g. the #rfcat fork that we have made), and others will also be open source as they are important for developers in order to use PandwaRF
Other pieces are custom parts of our CTbee product, and cannot be disclosed without altering our relationship with existing CTbee customers.
But we will release everything needed for developers in order to use PandwaRF.

What does ComThings provide for developers in order to use PandwaRF?2019-10-01T19:18:27+02:00

ComThings provides:

  • PandwaRF:
    • Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 Multiprotocol Bluetooth® low energy/2.4 GHz RF System on Chip with ARM® Cortex™-M0
    • Texas Instruments CC1111 Low-Power SoC (System-on-Chip) with MCU, Memory, Sub-1 GHz RF Transceiver, and USB Controller
    • Micro USB type B connection with full-speed USB 2.0 interface
    • SPI memory
    • Fuel Gauge
    • 350mAh LiPo battery
    • 4 buttons
    • 3 LEDs
    • preflashed with bootloaders
  • Firmware: we provide binary firmware for both MCUs: Nordic nRF51822 & TI CC1111
  • Software libraries: we provide Gollum Java Android libraries
  • Reference application: we provide Android reference test application
What kind of devices can PandwaRF capture RF data from?2019-10-01T19:18:36+02:00

PandwaRF can capture data from devices like:

  • car keyfobs
  • garage door opener keyfobs
  • wireless plugs
  • wireless chimes etc.
Is PandwaRF USB or Bluetooth Smart?2019-10-01T19:18:42+02:00

You can link with PandwaRF using an Android/iOS smartphone with a Bluetooth Smart feature.
In some cases, you will need a higher throughput than what BLE can offer, so you will have to use PandwaRF using its USB port.
You can connect PandwaRF to an Android Smartphone with an USB Host mode (the USB host mode is supported in Android 3.1 and higher) using a USB micro Male/Male cable.
You can also connect PandwaRF to a computer (Linux) and use #rfcat Python scripts or our native C stack to send/receive data.

Will Nordic or CC1111 be open source?2019-10-01T19:18:55+02:00

Nordic or CC1111 are not planned to be open source. But we are working on “starter” code, like some basic BSP code to use the UART, GPIO, SPI, USB etc.

If you want to run some scripts, we have the Python USB RfCat script for Linux machine or JavaScript for BLE/USB on Android. If you feel that something is missing, please submit a GitHub ticket and we will see what we can do.

Are FW updates free?2019-10-01T19:19:04+02:00

Yes, FW updates are completely free.

Can I use PandwaRF right away or do I need to code something?2019-10-01T19:19:11+02:00

PandwaRF can be paired with a smartphone & used immediately after unboxing.

Is it possible to upgrade a product version to another product version?2019-10-01T19:19:19+02:00

For PandwaRF and Rogue Family: no, this is not possible. Each product version is independent.

For Marauder, yes you can upgrade from one version to the other. Please check the Marauder version table for more information.

Does PandwaRF support normal Bluetooth?2019-10-01T19:19:26+02:00

Bluetooth Smart (aka Bluetooth Low Energy – BLE) is not the same as Bluetooth.

Unfortunately PandwaRF cannot use normal Bluetooth.

We have added this message “The device does not have a Bluetooth feature” to indicate the lack of Bluetooth Smart HW support from your phone.

In doubt, please install System Info for Android or equivalent and check in System/Functionalities if you see android.hardware.bluetooth.le.

If you don’t, your phone doesn’t support Bluetooth Smart. Keep it preciously, it is a collector.

Is it possible to use PandwaRF without being connected to a network with data?2019-10-01T19:19:38+02:00

The PandwaRF uses a cloud connection to check for FW updates, provide anonymous statistic data about crashes, ANR etc. This is default Android/Google behaviour.

But you can still use your PandwaRF without being connected, it will work. However you won’t receive any FW update and will not be able to use the “Post data to API” feature (cf. github.com/ComThings/PandwaRF/wiki/Android-RX-Data-Post-Rest-API).

And we will not be able to spy on you and make money by selling your personal data to evil third parties. No, we are kidding.

Can PandwaRF be configured and managed using GNU radio?2019-10-01T19:25:40+02:00

No, it cannot be used with GNU radio, as PandwaRF is not a SDR and doesn’t send/receive IQ samples.

My phone has an old Android version, is it compatible with PandwaRF?2019-10-01T19:37:43+02:00

Please check the Requirements page in our wiki to see if your Android version is compatible with PandwaRF.

Is there an iOS app?2019-10-01T19:39:33+02:00

No. We developed one iOS app 2 years ago, but it was a bad move as the Android App evolves constantly and we cannot maintain 2 apps at the same time. But one day we will… Also we can’t afford spending more than 1000€ on a single phone 🙂

How much time does it take before my order is shipped?2019-10-01T19:39:43+02:00

We normally ship once a week, so your order may be shipped between 1 day and 1 week after you made the payment.

We’ll mark your order as:

  • completed: when it is ready and shipping has been scheduled with the delivery service
  • fulfilled: when the order has been shipped

You’ll also receive an email with the tracking number once it has been shipped.

What shipping carrier do you use to ship orders?2019-10-01T19:39:49+02:00

We only use express carriers like UPS or DHL.

If you prefer another shipping option like the postal service, please request it in the Notes for seller section when checking out and we will see what we can do 🙂

How can I modify my order ?2019-10-01T19:39:55+02:00

You can only replace items in your order with other items that have the same price. Please contact us at pandwarf@comthings.com and we’ll update your order.

How can I cancel my order?2019-10-01T19:40:01+02:00

You can’t, so please contact us and we will do it for you.

What is your return policy?2019-10-01T19:40:12+02:00
Why do I need to provide documents to confirm my identity or shipping address?2019-10-01T19:40:20+02:00

Occasionally we may request documents or more information in order to confirm your identity or address before shipping your order.

This is necessary for us to be covered in case of credit card fraud.

If you do not wish to provide the requested documents or information, you can also pay by bank transfer or purchase PandwaRF from one of our resellers (listed on our website) and soon on Amazon.

How can I become a PandwaRF reseller?2019-10-01T19:40:35+02:00

If you’re interested in becoming a reseller, please contact us.