Backtrack / Kali Linux compatible wireless adapters review

February 9, 2014 by: admin

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Amazon Alfa AWUSO36NH United States
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I have been using the Alfa AWUS036H USB adapter which is a great USB adapter to use with Backtrack 5 or Kali Linux, but it lacks N support. So in desperate need to upgrade to N support and Backtack 5 / Kali Linux compatibility, I ordered the new Alfa AWUSO36NH USB Wireless G / N WiFi Adapter from Amazon. I have done a video review of it for those who want to see it in action.
I did this review using Windows 7, VMware and Backtrack 5. I was very impressed by the Alfa AWUSO36NH.Windows 7 found the drivers without needing the driver disk and VMware automatically recognized it as did Backtrack 5.
When I went into monitor mode with an airmon-ng command it came up with no errors to mon0. The thing that really impressed me though was when I ran a Deauth command against my own router. It kicked the wireless connection almost immediately. My old adapter the Alfa AWUS036H would have taken multiple tries and sometimes failed all together to kick a routers wireless connection.
I really like this adapter and think it is my new favorite USB adapter to use with Backtrack / Kali Linux. I still have some playing around to do but I would definitely recommend the Alfa AWUSO36NH USB adapterto anyone wanting a great adapter to use with Backtrack 5 or Kali Linux.
How to do a WPA WPA2 handshake capture with the Alfa AWUS036NH USB adapter


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28 Responses to “Backtrack / Kali Linux compatible wireless adapters review”
  1. Gary says:

    thanks for the info on the Backtrack adapter. I’ve been wondering which one to get.

  2. Meowne says:

    Very helpful post man thanks.

  3. DantheMan says:

    So this adapter will still work with a G network?

  4. aranger says:

    Wireless N is backward compatible, so yes it will work with a wireless G network.

  5. Brian says:

    I bought this adapter and after having some problems with the Linux commands, I am up and running. This card works great once the learning curve of the commands is done.

  6. Blake says:

    Are you stating that this adapter is perfectly compatible with BackTrack 5 R2?

    • admin says:

      I did this review using Backtrack R1 but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with Backtrack R2. I am sure it will.

  7. Blake says:

    Also, has anyone tried or does anyone know if the AWUS036NHR is compatible with BackTrack 5 R2?

    • Cedric says:

      The Alfa AWUS036NHR is not currently supported by Backtrack. You can install the driver’s yourself though. It uses the rtl8188 chipset. The best card is the Alfa AWUS036H or the Alfa AWUS036NH like the one in this post.

  8. Office2012 says:

    I bought this adapter and have not been disappointed.

  9. Mike says:

    Is it Reaver and Backtrack R2 compatible? Thanks.

  10. Marcus wong says:

    Does this awus036NH support backtrack 5, 5r1 and 5r2?? Because i havent download 5r1 or 5r2. Please help.

  11. franco says:

    is not working with alfa AWUS051NH ???

  12. Cokie says:

    Thanks for the review man. I bought this adapter and it is great with Windows or Backtrack/Linux. I am not disappointed.

  13. Darian says:


  14. salman says:

    why back track doesn’t work on built in wireless adapter

  15. Jon says:

    I have this adapter and it works great with Backtrack. My qeustoin is does it also work good with Kali Linux?

  16. Wihac says:

    This adapter works with Kali Linux. I have been using it for some time now with very good results.

  17. Ethan says:

    Will AWUS051NH and AWUS036NH work in Kali Linus or BT R2?

  18. Vivek says:

    Just Ordered.

  19. Wanscr7 says:

    Hello.. i have Question. Its this comfortable to all Backtrack Version and Kali Linux. also can u give tutorial how to install driver to linux (Backtrack and Kali Linux)

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