WiFi Adapter Test: 6 adapters with Kali

Alfa AWUS036NEH

AWUS036NEH

The Alfa AWUS036NEH is an old favorite, The longer antenna and high power adapter should have a signal strength advantage compared the other adapters tested so far…

802.11b/g/n
Frequency: 2.4GHz
Antenna: External RP-SMA 5dBi Dipole
USB 2.0

Interface       Driver          Chipset
wlan1           rt2800usb    Ralink RT3070

lsusb = Ralink Technology, Corp. RT2870/RT3070 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 = -32 * 
* = Connecting to my living room AP.
AWUS036NEH

And it does have a good signal!
Pros:
– High signal strength
Cons:
– 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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