Best Usb Wifi Adapter for Pentesting

Best Usb Wifi Adapter for Pentesting – Most WiFi attacks require that we are able to inject packets into the AP while, at the same time, capturing packets going over the air. Only a few WiFi adapters are capable of doing this.

WiFi adapter manufacturers are not looking to add extra features to their standard wireless adapters to suit penetration testers needs. Most wireless adapters built into your laptop are designed so that people can connect to WiFi and browse the web and send mails. We need something much more powerful and versatile than that.

If we can’t inject packets into the Access Point (in Aircrack-ng, this is the function of Aireplay-ng), then it really limits what we do.


1.TP-Link Nano

Pros & Cons

This is best for beginners. It is a cheap and compact adaptor that acts as a wifi adaptor towards home desktop PC, an alternate to your in-built chipset inside your laptop, and quite a handy module during traveling. It complies with IEEE 802.11N and gives speed up to 150Mbps.

This plug-and-play adaptor is compatible with many versions of Linux including Kali Linux. It also carries a 3 dbi omnidirectional antenna which shall extend the range of transmission or reception which makes it good for indoor penetration testing. We used this for making mobile hacking stations using Raspberry Pi.

2.Panda Wireless PAU09 N600

Pros & Cons

Panda with 300Mbps wireless 802.11n USB adaptor with high gain antenna upgrades wifi interface on the system with the latest 802.11n standard. The system is able to communicate wirelessly with any 802.11g/n wireless router at home, coffee shops, and many others.

It provides 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 are as followed: 64b/128bit WEP, WPA and WPA2 (TKIP+AES).

3.Alfa AWUS036ACS

Pros & Cons

Alfa again. Alfa provides the best WiFi adapters for Kali Linux. This adapter is the older version of Alfa AWUS036NH with Ralink RT3070 chipset. AWUS036NHA 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.

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.

4.TRENDnet AC1900

Pros & Cons

For the longest time, AC1900 adapters were regulated to the PCIe interface due to the number of components required for a device. With time those parts are now smaller allowing vendors to release USB solutions based on those high-performance chipsets.

Launched in late 2016, this AC1900 USB solution from TRENDnet allows potential customers to upgrade or add to existing wireless infrastructure with higher performance. The TEW-809UB supports 600 Mbps over the 2.4GHz band and 1.3 Gbps over the 5GHz band. Adding to the package, TRENDnet ships this solution with 5dBi high gain antennas for increased range and the entire solution is powered by a USB 3.0 connection.

5.Tenda 300Mbps

Pros & Cons

The latest crop of wireless routers offers high-speed data rates, multiple radio bands, and revolutionary signal-processing technologies, such as Beamforming and Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Out (MU-MIMO) data streaming. But not everyone cares about those technologies, so not everyone will need the latest model. Enter the Tenda F3 N300 Wireless Router .

The F3 is a single-band 802.11n router that is easy to install and configure, with three wired LAN ports and lots of management settings. Its throughput will hardly wow you, but if you maintain a simple one- or two-client home Wi-Fi network, and you don’t stream a lot of online videos, play a lot of online games, or transfer large chunks of data between clients, the Tenda F3 N300 is an amazing bargain—and our new Editors’ Choice for budget wireless routers.

6.Edimax Wi-Fi

Pros & Cons

This is useful to avoid having to pay through the nose for mega data allowances from your cellular network provider. In addition, we’ve also got tablets and ebook readers tapping in too, and with tablets in particular offering similar video streaming experiences that you’d see on a laptop, ensuring you have decent-enough speeds throughout your house is an issue that many are working to solve.

Thankfully you do have several options. Powerline adaptors are one, although speeds can vary wildly between different models and you’ll be lucky to see more than 10MB/sec (80Mbit/s) even with 500Mbit/s adaptors.

7.Wireless USB WiFi Adapter

Pros & Cons

The best USB Wi-Fi adapter is about security. The security of knowing you have a networking backup should the worst happen and your gaming PC’s ethernet port or built-in Wi-Fi connection catastrophically falls over. So much of our life is spent online that when it’s suddenly absent it can feel like a limb’s missing, so it’s worth having a backup internet pipe available should the worst happen.

Obviously, in an ideal world, a wired connection will provide better stability and throughput—especially in combination with the best gaming router—but having cables strewn across the floor isn’t always an option. So, we’ve brought together a list of our favorite USB Wi-Fi adapters, to help you decide which one best suits your situation.


Best Usb Wifi Adapter for Pentesting – The all new Kali Linux 2021.1 was rolling out and we can simply use it as our primary operating system because of the non-root user.

The main benefit of using Kali Linux as primary OS is we got the hardware support. Yes, we can do our all penetration testing jobs with this Kali Linux 2021, but to play with wireless networks or WiFi we need some special USB WiFi adapters in Kali.