Suggest USB Wifi adapter please

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking Cards' started by Gina martilo, 8 Jul 2019.

  1. Gina martilo

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    hi i'm trying to get a new WiFi adapter

    i have 2 but i'm facing some problems using them in Kali Linux, i have checked and searched a lot but i'm really lost
    i have those adapter Chipset:
    • Ralink RT3070
    • Ralink RTL8812AU
    and i'm looking to get a new one i found this list with more then 30 usb adapter that should support monitor mode wifi adapter for kali linux .. but i don't really know what is the best to get

    so what should i look for ? what i should check ?
     
  2. r1sen

    r1sen Well-Known Member
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    @Gina martilo

    Could you specify what you mean by "facing problems using them" ?
     
  3. r1sen

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    Both of those chipsets are pretty standard/regular especially RT3070 - RTL8812AU can be glitchy with some distro's can't see why they would be giving run-time issues with something like Kali

    Can you give output of iwconfig?

    If the device if not found upon boot, Kali like Parrot Sec sometimes require "service network-manager stop && service network-manager start" after system boots. Or "service network-manager restart" despite USB device being connected before system start or not.

    I would assume you'd know that was for terminal but if not:

    Open terminal and enter: iwconfig

    does your device even list? wlanx , can it be placed into mon mode? ie sudo airmon-ng start wlanx?

    If device not listed try:

    sudo* service network-manager stop && service network-manger start

    If device is listed can you at least connect to an AP in the way of traditional wifi device?
     
  4. Gina martilo

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    they both keep discontenting
    --- Double Post Merged, 10 Jul 2019, Original Post Date: 10 Jul 2019 ---
    i will check the output of iwconfig and past it here
     
  5. r1sen

    r1sen Well-Known Member
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    That would help..

    Not to promote my distro or any others but the two I mentioned specifically - Kali and Parrot are flagship for pentesting but not so much on the wireless side. Everyone has their own opinions I have mine, both for either an issue with systemD / network-manager handling of wifi usb devices or driver/firmware issues.. both would at random drop an established connection on a wireless device or completely drop it from the list of attached usb devices IE lsusb in terminal. Each time requiring a restart of network-manager or even disconnecting and reconnecting my devices, sometimes even needing to connect them to another usb port after the connection/device was dropped. I have looked into it and not an isolated or rare issue for either distro.. So, something also to consider, definitely might not need to go out and buy new gear and from what i've seen that might not even stop the issues.
     
  6. r1sen

    r1sen Well-Known Member
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    The chipsets you listed in your first post could not be any more common for this type of use - Ralink and Realtek are just about the most compatible for wireless testing.

    I use the following:

    RT2870 / RT3070

    RTL8192CU

    MT7601U

    AR9271

    Have only ever had the issues i've listed and what seems like you are experiencing with Kali and Parrot
     
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