WiFi Adapter Test: 6 adapters with Kali

Wireless Adapter 150Mbps RT5370 Chipset

This was an inexpensive adapter I purchased from Amazon.com. The product description is: Connecting Wireless Adapter 150Mbps RT5370 Chipset With Antenna 802.11n/g/b USB2.0 Support Windows/Linux/Mac Raspberry Pi/Pi 2.
Let’s see what an $8.99, 802.11b/g/n adapter can do.

Frequency: 2.4GHz
Antenna: External RP-SMA 5dBi Dipole
USB 2.0

Interface       Driver          Chipset
wlan1mon     rt2800usb   Ralink RT5370

lsusb = Ralink Technology, Corp. RT5370 Wireless Adapter

airmon-ng check kill
ifconfig wlan1 down iw reg set BO iwconfig wlan1 txpower 33
ifconfig wlan1 up
airmon-ng start wlan1
aireplay-ng -9 wlan1mon -i wlan0mon

Injection is working!

airodump-ng wlan1mon PWR = -47 *
* = Connecting to my living room AP.

– Inexpensive
– Small
– 2.4GHz only

4 thoughts on “WiFi Adapter Test: 6 adapters with Kali”

  1. In the group of five adapter tested, the AWUS036NEH and Tenda W311M had the highest received signal from the AP of -32dBm and -38dBm. This is contrary to what I expect because Tenda W311M in particular has the smallest antenna and likely no amplifiers from the small size of the adapter. I expected the adapters with the external antennas to have the highest received signal strength. Instead, the dongles with the external antenna like the TL-WN722N had the weakest received signal of -54dBm.

    1. I agree, I was surprised as well. I feel that the little ones don’t have the range of the external antenna models (but didn’t test them at extreme ranges.)

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