Backtrack / Kali Linux compatible wireless adapters review

By | February 9, 2014

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AliExpress Alfa AWUS036NH

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 adapter to 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


28 thoughts on “Backtrack / Kali Linux compatible wireless adapters review

  1. desimon

    I have this adapter and have sometimes gotten strange erors. this info

    rmmod rtl8187
    modprobe rtl8187

    is invaluable. Thanks its was exactly what i needed.

  2. Gary

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

  3. DantheMan

    So this adapter will still work with a G network?

  4. aranger

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

  5. Brian

    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

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

    1. admin Post author

      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

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

    1. Cedric

      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

    I bought this adapter and have not been disappointed.

  9. Mike

    Is it Reaver and Backtrack R2 compatible? Thanks.

    1. admin Post author

      Yes they are compatible. Reaver is built into Backtrack 5 R2.

  10. Marcus wong

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

    1. admin Post author

      The alfa AWUS036NH works with all the Backtrack 5 versions.

  11. Cokie

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

  12. salman

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

    1. admin Post author

      The chipset has to be able to do packet injections. Most do not.

  13. Jon

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

  14. Wihac

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

  15. Ethan

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

    1. admin Post author

      The Alfa AWUS036NH does I use it all the time, haven’t tested the other one yet.

  16. Giacomo

    I can’t get that one because I’m from Italy. Is this one compatible?

  17. Wanscr7

    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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