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Wi-Fi adapter for Kali Linux 2018

In this post I will introduce some Wi-Fi adapters for Kali Linux. Not every Wi-Fi adapter works with Kali Linux for Wi-Fi hacking. This is due to the different chipsets which are installed in the adapters.

The chipsets must be put into monitor mode and they must support packet injection to hack both WEP and WPA / WPA2 passwords. In this post I’m showing which chipsets work and which Wi-Fi adapters are suitable for Wi-Fi hacking in Kali Linux.

Tutorial – Kali Linux Hard Disk Installation
Tutorial – Installing Kali Linux on the Raspberry Pi

The following chipsets are suitable

  • Atheros AR9271
  • Ralink RT3070
  • Ralink RT3572
  • Realtek 8187L (Wireless G Adapter)
  • Realtek RTL8812AU (since 2017)

 

I recommend the following USB Wi-Fi adapters

Alfa – AWUS036NHA 2.4 GHz

Alfa – AWUS036NHA 2.4 GHz
  • Compatibility: 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n 2.4GHz router
  • Including a 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna
  • Supports the following protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
  • Operating systems: Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7-10 and all Linux distributions
  • Strong performance of 28 dbm for long range Wi-Fi
    Link to Amazon

 

Alfa – AWUS036NH 2.4 GHz

Alfa – AWUS036NH 2.4 GHz
  • Compatibility: 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n 2.4GHz router
  • Including a 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna
  • Supports the following protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
  • Operating systems: Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7-10 and all Linux distributions
  • Strong performance of 28 dbm for long range Wi-Fi
  • Link to Amazon

 

ALFA – AWUS036NEH

ALFA – AWUS036NEH
  • Compatibility: 802.11b / g and “N”, 1000 mW power
  • Including a 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna
  • Supports the following protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
  • Operating systems: Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7-10 and all Linux distributions
    Link to Amazon

 

Panda – PAU05 2.4 GHz

Panda – PAU05 2.4 GHz
  • Compatibility: 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n 2.4GHz routerz 
  • Supports the following protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
  • Operating systems: Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7-10 and all Linux distributions
    Link to Amazon

 

TP-LINK – TL-WN722N 2.4 GHz

TP-LINK – TL-WN722N 2.4 GHz

IMPORTANT:
Only the 1st version of the TL-WN722N is compatible with Kali Linux or for Wi-Fi hacking. Before buying, the provider should be contacted. In the 2nd version, TP-LINK has installed a different chipset, which can not be put into monitor mode and also does not allow packet injection. The version number is usually on a sticker, which is attached to the bottom of the original packaging, as well as on the back of the adapter.

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  • Speed of up to 150Mbps
  • Including 4 dBi omnidirectional antenna
  • Supports the following protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2
  • Operating systems: Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7-10 and all Linux distributions
    Link to Amazon

 

Alfa – AWUS051NH Dual Band 2.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz

Alfa – AWUS051NH Dual Band 2.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz
  • Compatibility: 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n 2.4GHz router
  • Including a 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna
  • Supports the following protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
  • Operating systems: Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7-10 and all Linux distributions
    Link to Amazon

Alfa – AWUS036ACH USB 2.4 GHz und 5 GHz

Alfa – AWUS036ACH USB 2.4 GHz und 5 GHz
  • Compatibility: 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n 2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz router
  • Supports the following protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
  • Operating systems: Windows 2000, XP 32/64, vista 32/64, Windows 7-10, Mac OS 10.4 or higher and all Linux distributions
    Link to Amazon

 

Alfa – AWUS1900

Alfa – AWUS1900
  • Compatibility: 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n 2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz router
  • Including four 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna
  • Supports the following protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
  • Operating systems: Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7-10 and all Linux distributions
    Link to Amazon

Detroit DIY Electronics – Wifi Antenna for Raspberry Pi

Detroit DIY Electronics – Wifi Antenna for Raspberry Pi
  • Compatibility: 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n 2.4GHz router
  • Including 5 dBi omnidirectional antenna
  • Supports the following protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2
  • Operating systems: Wheezy, Jessie, OSMC, OpenELEC, Xbian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Windows 10, Kali Linux and many more
    Link to Amazon

Do you already have one of these USB Wi-Fi adapters for Kali Linux or another in use? I would be very happy if you share your experiences with us. Just use the comment function at the end of the article – thank you!

How to build a Long Range Wi-Fi setup, I introduce in this tutorial – Long Range Wi-Fi Tutorial