USB Wi-Fi Adapters with monitor mode and wireless injection (100% compatible with Kali Linux) 2020

Table of contents

1. Preliminary remarks (‘the best Kali Linux Wi-Fi adapter’)

2. Dual Band (2.4GHz & 5.0GHz) Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB Adapters

3. Dual Band (2.4GHz & 5.0GHz) Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n USB Adapters

4. Single Band 2.4GHz Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n USB Adapters

5. Built-in Wi-FI adapters for Laptops compatible with Kali Linux

6. Outdated adapters but 100% compatible with Kali Linux

7. Wi-Fi antennas to gain signal

8. Active Extension Cables

9. Magnetic Antenna Base


Preliminary remarks (‘the best Kali Linux Wi-Fi adapter’)

As it was said many times already, there are no ‘the best Wi-Fi adapter for wardriving’. Sometimes we need to work covertly, and we need tiny Wi-Fi dongle, sometimes we work in “concrete jungle” and we need the most powerful and the most sensitive device with big antennas. Some of us live among a lot of 5.0GHz ac APs, but in some regions 5.0GHz APs are absent. Some of us don’t mind to spend 50 bucks, but some look for a cheap, second-hand adapter… We are different, our environment are different and for us the best Wi-Fi adapters are different as well.

Common rules:

  • adapter with big external antennas usually are more sensitive and powerful (it is important)
  • Alfa adapters are very good choice for the majority

My personal preferences are modern models of Alfa.

Here I collected a big list of Wi-Fi dongles which support monitor mode and wireless injection. With any of these models you will be able to capture a handshake and to perform the majority of wireless attacks.

If you buy Dual Band (2.4GHz & 5.0GHz) adapter, you need to install rtl8812au driver. In Kali Linux you can do it this way:

sudo apt install realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms

Reboot your system or unplug/plug an adapter.

The difference in RTL8812AU and RTL8814AU chipsets is only in the ability to support different numbers of antennas.

On Realtek RTL8812AU there are up to 2, on Realtek RTL8814AU, respectively, up to 4 antennas. In some cases, depending on the circuit design of the device manufacturer or firmware, antennas can be used only for transmission or only for reception. Also, some devices work in only one range of choice, others in two ranges simultaneously. Consider this when buying devices.

Some vendors, for example Alfa AWUS036ACH, Alfa AWUS1900, TRENDnet TEW-809UB, hang an additional nice features in circuitry like an amplifier, etc.

In addition, keep in mind if you decide to save money and buy goods on AliExpress-type sites on the above chipsets. Antennas can be 2, 4 or even more)), the whole essence of these 2.4/5.0 GHz chipsets is also MIMO, which with numerous antennas increases, for example, the chances of catching a handshake, but unfortunately some China vendors often do multiplexing instead of MIMO or even place not connected antennas.

Dual Band (2.4GHz & 5.0GHz) Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB Adapters

Alfa AWUS1900 (chipset: Realtek RTL8814AU)

Alfa AWUS036ACH (chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

Alfa AWUS036AC (chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

TRENDnet TEW-809UB (chipset: Realtek RTL8814AU)

Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 (chipset: Ralink RT5572)

ASUS USB-AC68 (chipset: Realtek RTL8814AU)

ASUS USB-AC56 (chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

TP-LINK Archer T9UH (chipset: Realtek RTL8814AU)

TP-LINK Archer T4UH (rev V2, chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

TP-LINK Archer T4U (rev V3, chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

D-Link DWA-192 (chipset: Realtek RTL8814AU)

D-Link DWA-182 (rev C, chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

Edimax AC600 USB (chipset: Realtek RTL8811AU)

Netis WF2190 (chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

TOTOLINK A2000UA (chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

Tenda U12 (chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

ZyXEL NWD6605 (chipset: Realtek RTL8812AU)

Dual Band (2.4GHz & 5.0GHz) Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n USB Adapters

Alfa AWUS052NH (chipset: Ralink RT3572)

Alfa AWUS051NH (rev v2, chipset: Ralink RT3572)

D-Link DWA-160 (rev C1, chipset: Ralink RT5572)

Netis WF2150 (chipset: Ralink RT5572)

Single Band 2.4GHz Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n USB Adapters

Alfa AWUS036NHA (chipset: Atheros AR9271)

Alfa AWUS036NH (chipset: Ralink RT3070)

Alfa AWUS036NEH (chipset: Ralink RT3070)

TP-LINK TL-WN823N (rev v1, chipset: Realtek RTL8192CU)

TP-LINK TL-WN822N (rev v3, chipset: Realtek RTL8192CU)

TP-LINK TL-WN821N (rev v4, chipset: Realtek RTL8192CU)

TP-LINK TL-WN821N (rev v3, chipset: Atheros AR9287)

TP-LINK TL-WN727N (rev v3, chipset: Ralink RT5370)

D-Link DWA-140 (rev D1, chipset: Ralink RT5372)

D-Link DWA-137 (rev A1A, chipset: Ralink RT5372)

D-Link DWA-131 (rev B1, chipset: Realtek RTL8192CU)

ASUS USB-N14 (rchipset: Ralink RT5372)

ASUS USB-N13 (rev B1, chipset: Realtek RTL8192CU)

Panda PAU06 USB (chipset: Ralink RT5372)

Panda PAU05 USB (chipset: Ralink RT3070)

Tenda W311M (chipset: Ralink RT5370)

Tenda W311Ma (chipset: Сhip Ralink RT5370)

Upvel UA-222NU (chipset: Realtek RTL8192CU)

Netis WF2123 (chipset: Realtek RTL8192CU)

ORIENT XG-925n+ (chipset: Ralink RT5370)

Netgear WNA3100M (chipset: Realtek RTL8192CU)

Edimax EW-7711UAN (rev v1, chipset: Ralink RT3070)

Built-in Wi-FI adapters for Laptops compatible with Kali Linux

Some laptops are shipped with wireless adapters which support monitor mode and wireless injection. For example Intel chips can do it. There are good Intel wireless drivers for Linux. Therefore, they are suitable for everyday usage in Linux and for wireless attacks. For a long time I have laptops with:

  • Intel Wireless-AC 9560 [Jefferson Peak] (rev 10)
  • Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (rev 24)

They are pretty good to data transmission or capturing handshakes. I guess the all Intel Wireless-AC **** and Intel Centrino Advanced-N **** lines support monitor mode and wireless injection. So Intel internal adapters help me when I cannot use external Alfa adapters.

Outdated adapters but 100% compatible with Kali Linux

  • Acorp WUD-150N (Ralink RT3070L)
  • Alfa AWUS036H (Realtek RTL8187L)
  • ASUS USB-N11 (Ralink RT2770)
  • ASUS USB-N53 (Ralink RT3572)
  • ASUS USB-N66 (Ralink RT3573)
  • ASUS WL-160N (Ralink RT2870)
  • ASUS WL-167g (rev v1, Ralink RT2571)
  • ASUS WL-167g (rev v2, Ralink RT2571W)
  • D-Link DWA-110 (rev A1, Ralink RT2571W)
  • D-Link DWA-121 (rev A1, RalinkRTL8188CUS)
  • D-Link DWA-123 (rev A1, Ralink RT3370)
  • D-Link DWA-123 (rev B1, Ralink RT5370)
  • D-Link DWA-125 (rev A1, Ralink RT3070)
  • D-Link DWA-125 (rev A2, Ralink RT3070)
  • D-Link DWA-125 (rev A3, Ralink RT5370)
  • D-Link DWA-125 (rev B1, Ralink RT5370)
  • D-Link DWA-126 (Atheros AR9271)
  • D-Link DWA-127 (rev A1, Ralink RT3070)
  • D-Link DWA-130 (rev B1, Ralink RT2870)
  • D-Link DWA-130 (rev D, Atheros AR9170)
  • D-Link DWA-140 (rev B3, Ralink RT5372)
  • D-Link DWA-140 (rev C1, Ralink RT2870)
  • D-Link DWA-160 (rev A1, Atheros AR9170)
  • D-Link DWA-160 (rev A2, Atheros AR9170)
  • D-Link DWA-160 (rev B1, Ralink RT2870)
  • D-Link DWA-160 (rev B2, Ralink RT5572)
  • D-Link DWL-G122 (rev B1, Ralink RT2571)
  • D-Link DWL-G122 (rev C1, Ralink RT2571W)
  • D-Link DWL-G122 (rev E1, Ralink RT2070)
  • GEMBIRD WNP-UA-002 (Ralink RT3072)
  • Linksys AE1000 (Ralink RT3572)
  • Linksys AE3000 (Ralink RT3573)
  • Linksys WUSB100 (rev v1, Ralink RT2770)
  • Linksys WUSB100 (rev v2, Ralink RT3070)
  • Linksys WUSB600N (rev v1, Ralink RT2870)
  • Linksys WUSB600N rev v2, Ralink RT3572)
  • Netgear WN111 (rev v2, Atheros AR9170)
  • Netgear WNA1000 (Atheros AR9170)
  • Netgear WNA1100 (Atheros AR9271)
  • Netgear WNDA4100 (Ralink RT3573)
  • Proware PW-DN4210D (Atheros AR9271)
  • Sitecom WLA-5000 (Ralink RT3572)
  • Spark AD-600Z (ZyDAS ZD1211B)
  • Tenda UH150 (Ralink RT3070)
  • Tenda W322U (rev v3, Ralink RT5372)
  • Tenda W322UА (rev v1 Ralink RT3072)
  • Tenda W322UA (Ralink RT3072)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN322G (ZyDAS ZD1211B)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN322G (rev v3, Atheros AR9271)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN422G/NC (rev v1, ZyDAS ZD1211B)*
  • TP-LINK TL-WN422G/NC (rev v2, Atheros AR9271)*
  • TP-LINK TL-WN7200ND (rev v1, Ralink RT3070)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN721N/NC (rev v1, Atheros AR9271)*
  • TP-LINK TL-WN722N/NC (rev v1, Atheros AR9271)*
  • TP-LINK TL-WN722N/NC (rev v1, Atheros AR9271)*
  • TP-LINK TL-WN727N (rev v1, Ralink RT3070)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN727N (rev v3, Ralink RT5370)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN821N (rev v2, Atheros AR9170)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN821N (rev v3, Atheros AR7010)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN821N (rev v4, Realtek RTL8192CU)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN822N (rev v1, Atheros AR9170)
  • TP-LINK TL-WN822N (rev v2, Atheros AR7010)
  • TRENDnet TEW-424UB (rev v3, Realtek RTL8187B)
  • TRENDnet TEW-624UB (rev B1, Ralink RT2870)
  • TRENDnet TEW-624UB (rev D1, Realtek RTL8192CU)
  • TRENDnet TEW-644UB (Ralink RT2770)
  • TRENDnet TEW-645UB (Ralink RT2770)
  • TRENDnet TEW-664UB (rev v1, Ralink RT2870)
  • U-MEDIA WUB-375L (Ralink RT2770)
  • Z-Com XN-791 (Ralink RT2770)
  • ZyXEL NWD2205 (Realtek RTL8192CU)
  • ZyXEL ZyAIR G-202 (ZyDAS ZD1211B)

Some less known vendors:

  • Blueway N9000 (Ralink RT3070L)
  • Blueway Ultra Speed BT-N9100 (Ralink RT3070L)
  • Blueway N9200 (Ralink RT3070L)
  • Blueway N9800 (Ralink RT3070L)
  • COMFAST CF-N300 (Ralink RT3072L)
  • COMFAST CF-WU770N (Ralink RT3070L)
  • GSKY GS-27USB (Realtek 8187L)
  • EDUP ep-ms8515gs (Ralink RT3070L)
  • Melon n9 (Ralink RT3070L)
  • Melon n4000 (Ralink RT3070L)
  • Netsys 9000WN (Ralink RT3070L)
  • High Power SignalKing Signal King (Ralink RT3070L)
  • KASENS N9600 (Ralink RT3070L)
  • Sabrent NT-WGHU (Realtek 8187L)

Wi-Fi antennas to gain signal

In progress…

Active Extension Cables

In progress…

Magnetic Antenna Base

In progress…

 

 

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29 Comments to USB Wi-Fi Adapters with monitor mode and wireless injection (100% compatible with Kali Linux) 2020

  1. John says:

    Hello!

    I've tried to find out if chipset RTL8812BU supports monitor mode and injection. In WkiDevi I've seen TP-Link Archer T4U v3 which is listed here with RTL 8812AU has in fact the BU as well (v1 and v2 have the AU). I've come across other people asking about the BU one in other places, but there seem to be no anwser… yet. Maybe since it's newer it hasn't been tested yet. Could you please help me? I'm intested in a dongle with that RTL8812BU, because it has a good price.

    Thank you!

    • Dollskin says:

      John,

       

      I am also wondering if the 'BU' chipset from the TP-LINK ARCHER T4U VERSION 3 AC1300 RTLBU will be able to work in monitor mode. I haven't bought it yet but I could be soon. The sources I have found have said BU WILL NOT go into monitor mode, however, it's for my husband, and he says he feels like it could work. He's a Linux junkie and the challenge excites him but I would like to know before also

      • John says:

        Thanks for your answer, Dollskin. I also found somewhere else, after writing my message the other day, that the BU variant doesn't work for monitor mode… But if it could be possible, if someone finds the way to make it work, I'd like to know. If your husband finally gives it a try and gets it or not, or you find some definitive (either positive or negative) answer somewhere, could you please give feedback here? I'd very mucn appreciate it!

        • Hahanakin says:

          I just bought one. No monitor mode 🙁

          • derentis says:

            Just bought one myself because it's so cheap I figured I might as well take a punt at it.  Got monitor mode working by installing the driver in the first link and the following the instruction in the second link for copying over a file.

            https://github.com/cilynx/rtl88x2bu
            https://forums.kali.org/showthread.php?44810-Realtek-RTL8812BU-Driver-for-Kali-Linux&p=89601#post89601

            The one problem I have is that it can't seem to set txpower using either iwconfig or iw.  The user who posted the link to getting monitor mode working using that file copy says that set txpower worked for him, but it didn't work in my case.  I receive an error stating "SET failed on device wlan0 ; Operation not permitted".

            Output of "iw list" shows that should be able to dial it up to 20dBm and 30dBm for 2.4GHz and 5GHz respectively. The following link suggests that might be due to regulatory domain compliance based on country code that's set and it details a way to mod/change it.  I set regulatory domain to BO and tried it again but same result.  I'm not trying to set mine above the max stated (also tried 20dBm and 19dBm for kicks) so I think this should work without rebuilding the DB by adding a custom entry.

            https://null-byte.wonderhowto.com/how-to/set-your-wi-fi-cards-tx-power-higher-than-30-dbm-0149606/

            Curiously, the supported modes in the "iw list" output does not list monitor mode, but the wifi dongle goes into monitor mode and works fine when using iwconfig and has no trouble capturing with airodump-ng.

            I'm specifically needing to use this adapter with bettercap.  After digging into the bettercap code though, that application effectively uses "iw dev wlan0 set txpower fixed 30mBm" when setting "wifi.recon on" within in application (this enables capture) and will just fail if it can't set that value.  In the case of the RTL8812BU it does seem to fail because the set of iw commands supported by the driver that I have seems limited and I don't believe this is an issue with the chipset itself.

            Based on this I think full functionality is possible with some driver modification (or recompiling bettercap to just skip setting the txpower, but really don't know whether or not that'll work or what other effects it might have).

            I've never touched driver code before and not even sure where to start but I'm going to tinker and see what I can find out.

            Someone who has experience writing or modifying drivers, please see the first link I posted as a good starting point.  I've tried many other drivers but none of them worked for this use.

  2. Alberto says:

    Could you share what would be yor personal favourite team of USB dongles for auditing WLANs? I'm starting with this and just grabbed a AWUS036ac and a AWUS036nha.

    • John says:

      I don't have a team of dongles yet. How are you doing with yours?

    • Dollskin says:

      Alfa is always the first choice in our house. As far as USB *donglea*, we have used TP Link network adapters (thst can be put in monitor mode) with great success.

  3. Alberto says:

    For the moment, im fine with the Alfas, but I have to say that the best one is the TPlink 722n, in a long test the 036ac captured 10 handshakes, the 036nha 12 and the TPlink 17.

    For the price is great, the only downside is that you have to take care of the version you are buying.

    • John says:

      Thank you for your feedback! Yes, unfortunately the TP-Link 722N has to be v.1. It is nearly impossible to find in both online and offline stores, except for second hand selling in sites like eBay, which is a bit risky.

  4. aHSN says:

    I purchased TP Link T9UH V2 based on your advise and it is not having monitor mode

  5. ali says:

    Tnx a lot

    a great list………… ;x

  6. Byter says:

    It seems, most adapters are not working out of the box? Some time ago I got a TP Link AC 1300 up and running in Linux Mint. It was quite a challenge. I tried it with Kali-up to now no success! No problem with Win. So what adapter would work without further ado with Kali and Linux generally?

  7. batuhatu genee?!?! what? says:

    hi i have TL-WN722N version 2 i saw tp-link TL-WN722N v2 supported new version so its really work? (sorry im bad english)

  8. wifihub says:

    Hi im trying to use 5 Wifi Usb Adapter using a USB3.0 Hub but it dosnt seem to work, any advice on a good active hub which can support Mutiple Wifi usb Adapters? Thanks in advance.

  9. SYED INAMULLAH says:

    Hi sir,

    How can i use my inbuilt wireless adapter for the penetration testing.

    How can i use it for monitoring and packet injection.

  10. 1 says:

    The RTL8812BU does work in monitor mode by editing some makefile flags but I couldn’t find how to enable injection.

  11. Marian says:

    Possessed Edimax AC600 USB (chipset: Realtek RTL8811AU), I succeeded, monitoring, injection, but when it reaches the captive portal, .. does not create acess point.

    Has anyone succeeded? … and how?
    PS.

    Translate with google.

    • Marian says:

      I also managed with WN722N V2 and AC 600, but in Wifiphisher, both go excellent … I also bought an AWUS036NHA, this also works in Fluxion.

  12. Arif Jusoh says:

    I hope my sharing would help others from wasting money on purchaing wireless adapter Totolink.

    ps: Maybe I miss some step tho. Really appreciate if someone could help me.

     

    Anyway,

    I just bought TOTOLINK A2000UA and tested on kali linux 2019.4.

    Unforuntately, it seem unable to detect the adapter.

     

    Kali LInux version:

    # lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Kali
    Description: Kali GNU/Linux Rolling
    Release: 2019.4
    Codename: kali-rolling

     

    Method that i've used

    1) apt-get install realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms

    2) clone from https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au,

    make & make install, modprobe cfg80211, modprobe 88XXau

     

    I did confirmed that the adapter is loaded

    # lsusb
    Bus 004 Device 004: ID 0bda:b812 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 802.11ac NIC

     

    dmesg also show that i have reg the drive

    [ 3015.452606] usbcore: registered new interface driver 88XXau

     

    Totolink shares a link for their driver, but i believed its outdated.

    http://www.totolink.net/home/menu/detail/menu_listtpl/download/id/131/ids/36.html

    End of my sharing. Hope is useful

  13. Arif Jusoh says:

    Hi everyone, I've purchased TOTOLINK A2000UA. Tested on kali 2019.4.

    It seems kali unabled to detect it. Not sure if i miss any steps. Appreciated if anyone can help.

    Kali linux version (parallel & virtualbox)

    Distributor ID:    Kali
    Description:    Kali GNU/Linux Rolling
    Release:    2019.4
    Codename:    kali-rolling

    Totolink drive link

    http://www.totolink.net/home/menu/detail/menu_listtpl/download/id/131/ids/36.html

    noted: I believed its outdated

    tested both method

    1)apt-get install realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms

    2) clone from https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au & compile it (dkms, make, makelink, modprobe)

    Driver & adapter

    # lsusb
    Bus 004 Device 005: ID 0bda:b812 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 802.11ac NIC

    # dmesg
    [ 3015.452606] usbcore: registered new interface driver 88XXau

  14. sogeking says:

    has anyone used TP-LINK TL-WN7200ND (rev v1, Ralink RT3070), please share experiences.

  15. Tyler Vorster says:

    Hi Guys, I purchased the TP-LINK TL-WN823N Network adapter but I seem to be getting a lot of problems with Kali. When I run airodump-ng or wash etc… Most of the time, the results come up empty even tho there's about 15 networks around me. I have successfully activated monitor mode but the problem persists. Any ideas? Could it be the adapter? Should I try a different adapter?

    • Alex Alex says:

      Hello! There are 3 revisions of TP-LINK TL-WN823N. It is known that rev v1 with chipset Realtek RTL8192CU works fine.

      To find chipset of your dongle issue:

      sudo airmon-ng

      In addition try these commands to set the adapter in monitor mode:

      sudo ip link set wlan0 down
      sudo iw wlan0 set monitor control
      sudo ip link set wlan0 up
      

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