Best WiFi Adapters for Kali Linux 2017.2 – 2018

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There is a smaller selection of peripheral hardware drivers (for printers, scanners, and other devices) in Kali Linux as compared to Windows. Even though many new Linux hardware drivers are constantly being added, support for older devices has stopped. Finding the right USB WiFi adapter can be a difficult task.

Recently Kali Linux 2017.2 was released which updated the worlds best penetration testing OS with some neat hardware support including some WiFi Adapters. Here are a list of WiFi adapters that are 100% compatible with Latest Kali Linux 2017.2, and can go into monitor mode, inject packets and perform everything that is needed for a full fledged WiFi Penetration Testing.

TP-Link N150 TL-WN722N

This is the best WiFi adapter for Beginners. TP Link N150 TL-WN722N is a cheap and compact USB WiFi adapter that can act as a wifi adapter to your home desktop PC an alternative to your inbuilt wifi chipset in your laptop and a really handy module during travel. The wireless adapter complies with IEEE 802.11N and provides a speed upto 150Mbps.

This is a plug and play adapter that is compatible with most versions of Linux including Kali Linux. It also have a 3 dbi omni directional antenna with will extend the range of transmission/reception which makes it perfect for indoor penetration testing. This is the WiFi adapter that I Used for making Mobile Hacking Station Using Raspberry Pi .

  • Chipset: Atheros AR9271
  • Supported OS – Windows 8.1 32/64bit, Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7(32/64bits), Windows Vista(32/64bits), Windows XP(32/64bits), Windows 2000, Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Debian
  • Transmit Power <20dBm
  • Frequency – 2.4 GHz

Click Here to Purchase TP-Link N150 TL-WN722N

Alfa AWUS036NH

Alfa provides the best USB WiFi Adapters for penetration testing. AWUS036NH is the IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless USB adapter with 150 Mbps speed This is also compatible with IEEE 802.11b/g wireless devices at 54 Mbps. You can configure AWUS036NH with ad-hoc mode to connect to other 2.4GHz wireless computers, or with Infrastructure mode to connect to a wireless AP or router for accessing to Internet.

This is also a plug and play adapter that is compatible with most versions of Linux including Kali Linux.

Click Here to Purchase your Alfa AWUS036NH


The above product comes with a 5 dbi omni direction antenna as well as a 7 dbi panel antenna. It also comes with a clip which can be used to attach this adapter on a laptop.

  • Chipset: Ralink RT307
  • Supported OS – Windows 8.1 32/64bit, Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7(32/64bits), Windows Vista(32/64bits), Windows XP(32/64bits), Windows 2000, Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Debian
  • Frequency – 2.4 GHz

Alfa AWUS036NHA

I have been using Alfa AWUS036NHA long-range network adapter and let me tell you guys this is the best WiFi adapter I have ever used. This one is compatible with any brand 802.11g or 802.11n router using 2.4ghz wavelength and supports mimo (multiple input multiple output) with high speed transfer TX data rate up to 150 mbps.

Click Here to Purchase Alfa AWUS036NHA. In my previous post, I explained how you can build a long range hacking station using the above mentioned WiFi Adapters.

  • Chipset: Atheros AR9271
  • Supported OS – Windows 8.1 32/64bit, Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7(32/64bits), Windows Vista(32/64bits), Windows XP(32/64bits), Windows 2000, Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Debian
  • Transmitted Power – 28 dbm
  • Frequency – 2.4 GHz

Alfa AWUS1900

This USB WiFi Adapter will take your hacking skills to a whole new level. So far , this is the best WiFi adapter available for WiFi hackers. Even though its a bit costly, its totally worth the price.

It supports IEEE 802.11ac/a/n/g/b standards; that means it can manage 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz (dualband), have a USB 3.0 Interface with a Wireless data rate of 600 Mbps for 2.4GHz & up to 1300Mbps 5GHz.

Click Here to Purchase Your Alfa AWUS1900


The Box Contains

1 x AWUS1900 Wi-Fi Adapter
4 x Dual-band antennas
1 x USB 3.0 cable
1 x Screen clip
1 x Installation DVD-Rom

  • Chipset: Realtek RTL8814U
  • Standards: IEEE 802.11ac/a/n/g/b
  • Interface: USB 3.0
  • Wireless data rate: 2.4GHz [up to 600Mbps] & 5GHz [up to 1300Mbps]
  • Wireless frequency: 2.4GHz/ 5GHz
  • Wireless security: WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA/PSK, WPA2-PSK
  • Operation temp: 0-40°C
  • Operating systems: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 32/64bit, MacOS 10.12 supported, Linux kernel 3.0 supported

Alfa AWUS036ACH

A few months back Kali Linux 2017.1 rolling was released and the popular distro came up with a significant update – Support for RTL8812AU Wireless Chipset. Alfa AWUS036ACH is a beast, with dual antennas and dual band technology (2.4 GHz 300 Mbps/5 GHz 867 Mbps) supports 802.11ac and a, b, g, n.

These antennas are removable and if you want higher range, you can connect antenna with greater dbi value and use it as a long range wifi link. Click Here to Purchase Alfa AWUS036ACH

  • Chipset: RTL8812
  • Supported OS – Windows 10, Windows 8.1 , Windows 8 , Windows 7, Ubuntu, Kali Linux, Debian
  • Frequency – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz

Panda PAU06

The Panda 300Mbps Wireless 802.11n USB Adapter with High Gain Antenna (PAU06) upgrades the WiFi interface on your computer to the latest 802.11n standard. Your computer can communicate wirelessly with any 802.11g/n wireless router at home, coffee shops, etc.

This one can provide a data rate of up to 300 Mbps with 802.11n standard and is backward compatible with 802.11g 2.4GHz wireless networks. Supported security features include 64b/128bit WEP, WPA and WPA2 (TKIP+AES). Click Here to Purchase Panda PAU06

 

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