I did packet capture on my system, where i did packet capture on wireless adapter. i seen some frame size below than 64 bytes like 54 bytes and other frame size as well. I seen some document frame size should be minimum of 64 bytes for etherent.

Then how am seeing 54 bytes of frame size on on my wireless adapter. Is that because of wireless adapter?

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    a) wireless != ethernet, and b) you may not be seeing the full RF frame
    – Ricky
    Apr 26, 2014 at 14:13
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First of all, capturing traffic on WLAN interfaces is tricky. I assume you're doing this with wireshark, so take a look here:


Next, 802.11 header is a little bit different than 802.3, take a look at standard:


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