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Best USB WiFi Adapter For Kali Linux 2024 [Updated February]


Best WiFi Adapter for Kali Linux

Nowadays using Kali Linux becomes very simple 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 2024, but to play with wireless networks or WiFi we need some special USB WiFi adapters in Kali.

Best WiFi Adapter for Kali Linux
Here we have listed some best USB Wireless adapters Kali Linux in 2024. These WiFi adapters are 100% compatible with Kali Linux and supports monitor mode and packet injection, which will help a lot in WiFi penetration testing.

Best WiFi Adapter for Kali Linux

Sl No.
WiFi Adapter
Best for
Good Old Friend
Single Band for Beginners
Best in Budget
RT 3070
Best in it’s Price Range
RT 3070
Compact and Portable
RT 5572
Stylish for the Beginners
Smart Look & Advanced
Powerful & Premium
Chip, Single Band

Alfa AWUS036NH

We are using this USB WiFi adapter from the BackTrack days (before releasing Kali Linux) and still we consider it as one of the best. For it’s long range signals we can do our penetration testing jobs from a long distance.
Alfa AWUS036NHA Kali Linux WiFi Adapter 2020
Alfa AWUS036NH is plug and play and compatible with any brand 802.11g or 802.11n router using 2.4 GHz wavelength and supports multi-stream & MIMO (multiple input multiple output) with high speed transfer TX data rate up to 150 MBPS. It also comes with a clip which can be used to attach this adapter on a laptop lid.
  1. Chipset: Atheros AR 9271.
  2. Compatible with any brand 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n router using 2.4 Ghz wave-length.
  3. Includes a 5 dBi omni directional antenna as well as a 7 dbi panel antenna.
  4. Supports security protocols: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES.
  5. Compatible with Kali Linux RPi with monitor mode and packet injection.
  6. High transmitter power of 28 dBm - for long-rang and high gain WiFi.
TP-Link WN722N was very popular WiFi adapter for cybersecurity students. But after relesing the version 2 and 3, it is not so popular now, because it doesn't support monitor mode and packet injection directly. But in it's price range it is easy buy. This WiFi adapter have a detachable antenna which makes it very portable.
tp link wn722n wifi adapter
TP-LinkWN722N have AR9002U chipset on it's version 1 and RTL8188EUS chipset on version 2/3 We have an article to use TP-Link WN722N Version 2 and 3 for monitor mode and packet injection on Kali Linux.
  1. Chipset: AR9002U/RTL8188EUS.
  2. Compatible with 2.4 Ghz band only.
  3. 3 dBi onmi directional & detachable antenna.

We need to remember one thing that this adapter's version 2 and 3 didn't support Monitor Mode and Packet Injection directly we need a tweaking on it as we discussed on this article.

TP-Link AC600/T2U Plus

Here comes the real budget king. This TP-Link AC600 or T2U Plus has really proven itself with monitor mode, packet injection and soft AP support. This WiFi adapter is not plug and play on Kali Linux. We just need to set the driver for TP-Lnik AC600 on Kali Linux.

tplink ac 600tplink t2u plus wifi adapter on kali linux

It comes with a fixed 5dBi antenna which can be 180° rotatable. In this price segment it supports monitor mode on both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz networks. It can be the best choice for ethical hacking students. It has lots of features in this budget.

  1. Chipset: RTL8821AU.
  2. Dual band monitor mode support.
  3. Fixed Antenna

It also require a very little bit of tweaking to make it work on Kali Linux. All about it we had already discussed on our previous article. In our opinion go with this WiFi adapter when have a tight budget, because it's build quality is not like the Alfa Cards.


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 AWUS036NH Kali Linux WiFi Adapter 2020
This plug and play WiFi adapter supports monitor mode and packet injection in any Linux distribution and Kali Linux. Alfa AWUS036NHA comes with a 4 inch 5 dBi screw-on swivel rubber antenna that can be removed and upgrade up to 9 dBi.
  1. Chipset: Ralink RT 3070.
  2. Comes with a 5 dBi omni directional antenna as well as a 7 dBi panel antenna.
  3. Supports security protocols: 64/128-bit wep, wpa, wpa2, tkip, aes
  4. Compatible with Kali Linux (Also in Raspberry Pi) with monitor mode and packet injection.


This Alfa WiFi Adapter is compact and tiny, but it has a good range. It supports plug and play so connect it with Kali Linux machine and start playing with WiFi security. The antenna is detachable and makes it very portable. We have used this to build our portable hacking machine with Raspberry Pi and Kali Linux.
Alfa AWUS036NEH Kali Linux WiFi Adpater 2020

Alfa AWUS036NEH is the ultimate solution for going out and red teaming attacks. The long high gain WiFi antenna will give us enough range to capture even low signal wireless networks. This adapter is slim and doesn't require a USB cable to use.
  1. Chipset: Ralink RT 3070.
  2. Supports monitor mode and packet injection on Kali Linux and Parrot Security on RPi.
  3. Compact and portable.

Panda PAU09 N600

Besides Alfa, Panda is also a good brand for WiFi adapters with monitor mode. Panda PAU09 is a good WiFi adapter to buy in 2024. This dual-band plug & play adapter is able to attack both 2.4 GHz as well as 5 GHz 802.11 ac/b/g/n WiFi networks.
Panda PAU09 WiFi adapter for monitor mode
This adapter comes with a USB docker and dual antennas, which looks really cool. It is also detachable into smaller parts. This adapter is reliable even on USB 3 and works great and fully supports both monitor mode and injection which is rare on a dual band wireless card out of the box.
  1. Chipset: Ralink RT5572.
  2. Supports monitor mode and packet injection on Kali Linux, Parrot Security even in RPi.
  3. 2 x 5dBi antenna.
  4. It comes with a USB stand with a 5 feet cable.
  5. Little bit of heating issue (not so much).

Alfa AWUS036ACH / AC1200

In Kali Linux 2017.1 update Kali Linux was released a significant update – support for RTL8812AU wireless chipset. Now Alfa AWUS036ACH is a BEAST. This is a premium WiFi adapter used by hackers and penetration testers. It comes with dual antennas and dual band technology (2.4 GHz 300 Mbps/5 GHz 867 Mbps) supports 802.11ac and a, b, g, n.
Alfa AWUS036ACH WiFi adapter for Kali Linux
These antennas are removable and if we require higher range, then we can connect an antenna with greater dbi value and use it as a long range WiFi link which makes this one of the best WiFi adapters. Also this adapter has an awesome look.
If budget is not an issue then this adapter is highly recommended.
  1. Chipset: RealTek RTL8812AU.
  2. Dual-band: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.
  3. Supports both monitor mode & packet injection on dual band.
  4. Premium quality with high price tag.

Alfa AWUS1900 / AC1900

Now this is the beast, then why is it at last? It is last because of its high price range. But the price is totally worth it for this USB WiFi adapter. If the previous adapter was a beast then it is a monster. Alfa AWUS1900 has high-gain quad antenna that covers a really long range (500 ft in an open area).
This is a dual band WiFi adapter with high speed capability 2.4GHz [up to 600Mbps] & 5GHz [up to 1300Mbps]. It also has a USB 3.0 interface.
Alfa AWUS036ACH The best wifi adapter for hacking in Kali Linux
Monitor mode and packet injection supported with both bands and it will be very useful for serious penetration testers. We also can attach this on our laptop display with it’s screen clip provided with the box.

What we got in the box?

  • 1 x AWUS1900 Wi-Fi Adapter
  • 4 x Dual-band antennas
  • 1 x USB 3.0 cable
  • 1 x Screen clip
  • 1 x Installation DVD-Rom (doesn’t require on Kali Linux. Plug&Play)
  • A consistent solution for network congestion!
  1. Chipset: RealTek RTL8814AU.
  2. Dual-band: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.
  3. Supports both monitor mode & packet injection on dual band.
  4. Premium quality with high price tag.
  5. Very long range.

Panda PAU 06

Yes, This low cost Panda PAU 06 WiFi adapter supports Monitor Mode and Packet Injections. But we really don't suggest to buy this adapter if budget is not an issue.
panda pau 06 wifi adapter for Kali Linux
The main reason is this WiFi adapter doesn't supports dual-band frequency (only supports 2.4GHz), it doesn't supports 5GHz frequency.
This WiFi adapter comes with Ralink RT5372 chipset inside it. 802.11n standards supports 300MB per second maximum speed.
This adapter takes less power from computer, but other adapters doesn't took too much power from system (this point is negligible).
panda pau 06 order on amazon


There are some more WiFi adapters that we did not cover because we didn't test them on our hands. These WiFi adapters were owned by us and some of our friends so we got a chance to test these products.Be Careful to choose from unofficial sellers, because sometimes they sell exactly same model with a cheaper chipset which surely not support monitor mode neighter packet injection. As per our own experience Alfa cards are the best in the case of WiFi Hacking.

How to Choose Best Wireless Adapter for Kali Linux 2024

Before going through WiFi adapter brands let’s talk something about what kind of WiFi adapter is best for Kali Linux. There are some requirements to be a WiFi penetration testing wireless adapter.
  • Should support Monitor mode.
  • The ability to inject packets and capture packets simultaneously.
Here are the list of WiFi motherboards supports Monitor mode and Packet injection.
  • Atheros AR9271 (only supports 2.4 GHz).
  • Ralink RT3070.
  • Ralink RT3572.
  • Ralink RT5370N
  • Ralink RT5372.
  • Ralink RT5572.
  • RealTek 8187L.
  • RealTek RTL8812AU (RTL8812BU & Realtek8811AU doesn’t support monitor mode).
  • RealTek RTL8814AU
  • RTL8188EUS (requires modified driver)
  • RTL8821AU (require some installations)
So we need to choose WiFi Adapter for Kali Linux carefully. For an Example, on the Internet lots of old and misleading articles that describe TP Link N150 TL-WN722N is good for WiFi security testing. But it is not totally true. Actually it was.The TP Link N150 TL-WN722N’s previous versions support monitor mode. The version 1 comes with Atheros AR9002U chipset and supports monitor mode. Version 2 and 3 has the Realtek RTL8188EUS chipset and requires some modification on it's driver then we can use it. TP Link N150 TL-WN722N version 1 is not available in the market right now. So clear these things and don’t get trapped.

Which WiFi adapter you like the most for Kali Linux?

WiFi Hacking in Kali Linux

Kali Linux is the most widely used penetration testing operating system of all time. It comes with lots of tools pre-installed for cyber security experts and ethical hackers. We can perform web application penetration testing, network attack as well as wireless auditing or WiFi hacking. We have already posted some lots of tutorials on our website and some good WiFi auditing tutorials like AirCrack-Ng.

Why Do We Use External USB WiFi Adapters in Kali Linux?

A WiFi adapter is a device that can be connected to our system and allows us to communicate with other devices over a wireless network. It is the WiFi chipset that allows our mobile phone laptop or other devices which allows us to connect to our WiFi network and access the internet or nearby devices.
But most of the Laptops and mobile phones come with inbuilt WiFi chipset so why do we need to connect an external WiFi adapter on our system ? Well the simple answer is our in-built WiFi hardware is not much capable to perform security testing in WiFi networks.Usually inbuilt WiFi adapters are low budget and not made for WiFi hacking, they don’t support monitor mode or packet injection.
If we are running Kali Linux on Virtual Machine then also the inbuilt WiFi Adapter doesn’t work for us. Not even in bridge mode. In that case we also need an external WiFi adapter to play with WiFi networks. A good external WiFi adapter is a must have tool for everyone who has interest in the cyber security field.
WSL2 installation of Kali Linux will not support any kind (Inbuilt or External) of Wi-Fi adapters.

Kali Linux Supported WiFi Adapters

Technically almost every WiFi adapter supports Kali Linux, but those are useless on WiFi hacking if they don't support monitor mode and packet injection. Suppose, we buy a cheap WiFi adapter under $15 and use it to connect WiFi on Kali Linux. That will work for connecting to wireless networks but we can’t play with networks.
It doesn’t make sense, when we are using Kali Linux then we are penetration testers so a basic WiFi adapter can’t fulfill our requirements. That's why we should have a special WiFi adapter that supports monitor mode and packet injection. So in this tutorial Kali Linux supported means not only supported it means the chipset has ability to support monitor mode and packet injection.

What is Monitor Mode

Network adapters, whether it is wired or wireless, are designed to only capture and process packets that are sent to them. When we want to sniff a wired connection and pick up all packets going over the wire, we put our wired network card in "promiscuous" mode.
In wireless technology, the equivalent is monitor mode. This enables us to see and manipulate all wireless traffic passing through the air around us. Without this ability, we are limited to using our WiFi adapter to only connect to wireless Access Points (APs) that accept and authenticate us. That is not what we are willing to settle for.
In the Aircrack-ng suite, we need to be able to use airodump-ng to collect or sniff data packets.

What is Packet Injection

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.
If we are using Kali Linux and want to be a security tester or ethical hacker then a special WiFi adapter is a must have tool in our backpack. As per our own experience listed Alfa cards in this list are best USB wireless adapter for Kali Linux, going with them may be costly but they are really worth it. For more assistance comment below we reply each and every comment.

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  • KarimNovember 30, 2022 at 8:43 PM

    I bought Totolink wifi adapter with rt5572 chipset , monitor mode, injection fake ap everything working , it is hard to buy this wifi adapter , if any one want you can buy from here

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    • AnonymousJanuary 27, 2023 at 12:16 AM

      Fantastic info on your page. Thanks

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      • AnonymousFebruary 6, 2023 at 10:59 PM

        SI 2 and 3 haven't worked in years. The old version 1's work (2009,2010), but the new ones on Amazon will not. SI 2 no longer works in Kali Virtual Box, but does work with Kali VMWare. I don't know why, it sure used to, but doesn't anymore.

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        • AnonymousSeptember 11, 2023 at 8:45 PM

          TP-Link AC600/T2U Plus not work evil twin attack. Its not compatible with vif (virtual interface ).Work just with monitor mode and injection

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          • AnonymousSeptember 12, 2023 at 12:31 PM

            apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade -y
            sudo apt install realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms -y
            apt-get clean && apt-get autoremove -y

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          • AnonymousSeptember 15, 2023 at 7:22 AM

            You really should edit the list and take the number two item TP-Link WN722N off. If you click the link and go to Amazon to buy it and they're shipping you version 4. There's no information on how to put that into monitor or injection mode. The only one that really worked well was version 1 and you can no longer get it on the Amazon site. You should just remove that entry from the list.

            Please remove the link for TP-Link WN722N From this article.

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            • AnonymousSeptember 18, 2023 at 8:59 PM

              You just read the table. Check the full article. There is mentioned how we can use newer versions of TP-Link WN722N with monitor mode and packet injection.

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            • AnonymousSeptember 18, 2023 at 11:18 PM

              Hi sir can you help me with this adapters please:
              which is best for Evil Twin Attacks
              TP-Link Archer T2U Plus AC600
              TP-Link Archer T4U
              TP-Link TL-WN821N

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              • AnonymousSeptember 19, 2023 at 6:37 PM

                If you are just starting to learn, the TP-Link Archer T2U Plus AC600 is a good choice. However, if you are serious about this matter, I recommend going for Alfa cards as they are known for their dependability.

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                NoobOnGRAILSJanuary 12, 2024 at 9:30 PM

                mhh curious why no MT761x is on the list..

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