Review: Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle

By | July 23, 2017

Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle

The Panda PAU09 is a dual band wireless USB adapter with wide compatibility, from Windows 10 to Kali Linux.
 
It also has two large 5dBi antennas to improve the distance a WiFi signal can travel.
Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle Latptop
 
Specifications
Protocols: 802.11n
Speed: 300Mpbs
Chipset Ralink RT5572
Frequency: Dual Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Two 5dBi detachable antennas
Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle Sepcifications
 
The package comes with the dongle, two 5dBi antennas, driver disk, instructions, and a USB extender stand.
Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle ALL
 
The antennas use a standard SMA connector and simply screw on to the dongle.
Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle Antennas
 
A small USB extender is included that can be used if needed.
Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle Extender 2
It can also be used as a stand and has a 5 foot USB cord making it nice to use with a desktop.
 
The Panda PAU09 is compatible with most any version of Windows including XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10/2012r2 32-bit and 64-bit.
 
It is also compatible with Linux including Kali and going into monitor mode which is necessary to do Wireless Penetration Testing.
 
The drivers can be downloaded here if necessary. http://www.pandawireless.com/Drivers%20%7C%20Panda%20Wireless.html
 
 
WiFi Speed Test 5GHz Band
All speed test were done to a Dlink 802.11ac router 10 feet away past a wall.
 
A basic online speed test at Speedtest.net maxed out the internet connection at 55 Mbps Down, and 21 Mbps UP.
Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle WiFi Speed Test 5G
 
Next Iperf3 was run to test the speed on an internal network.
 
Running Iperf3 it gave an average score of 94.5 Mbits Per a Second.
Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle IPERF3 TEST
 
 
WiFi Speed Test 2.4 GHz Band
Running the same test on the 2.4 GHz band it gave a speed of 47 Mbps Download, and 19 Mbps upload
Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle WiFi Speed Test 2.4
 
Iperf3 gave the 2.4Ghz Band an average score of 73 Mbits Per a Second.
Review Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle IPERF3 TEST 24
 
 
WiFi Monitor Mode Test with Kali Linux
To do wireless penetration testing a WiFi dongle must be able to go into Monitor mode.
 
The chipset and the drivers are what make it able to do this.
 
The most popular OS to use is Kali Linux and software aircrack-ng which an adapter must also be compatible with.
 
To test monitor mode we used VMware Workstation Player 12 and Kali Linux 64 bit version 2017.1
Review Panda PAU9 Kali Linux VMware Test
 
Running the lsusb command it shows the RT5572 chipset.
Review Panda PAU9 Kali Linux VMware Test lsusb
 
Running airmon-ng it shows the same chipset.
Review Panda PAU9 Kali Linux VMware Test Airmon ng
 
Starting Monitor Mode Kali Linux set the adapter to wlan0mon
Review Panda PAU9 Kali Linux VMware Test Enabled
 
Running airodump-ng it pulled up a lot of access points and their information.
Review Panda PAU9 USB Adapter Data Capture Pic 1
 
After this we used the airodump-ng command again to get a Data Capture / WPA Handshake on our own router which came up quickly.
Review Panda PAU9 USB Adapter Data Capture Pic 2
 
Available
Amazon Panda Wireless PAU09
 
eBay Panda Wireless PAU09
 
Read More Reviews Here on Amazon
Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wireless N USB Adapter W/ Dual 5dBi Antennas – Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mint, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, CentOS, Kali Linux and Raspbian

 
Summary
The Panda PAU09 is good WiFi adapter for those looking to get good speed combined with distance.
 
The one downside is its a wireless-N dongle and will not be able to take advantage of the newer 802.11ac protocol.
 
It can run in both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies so it will fit into most any WiFi network.
 
The compatibility is excellent and able to run on most any Operating System.
 
For anyone looking for a Pen Testing Kali Linux USB adapter it works very well and had no problem going into Monitor Mode and doing a Data Capture.
 
As always be sure to read the review on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.

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3 thoughts on “Review: Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band WiFi Dongle

  1. Evan

    Hey, I just wanted some clarification. The specs say that it’s compatible with the 802.11ac protocol, but in your summary you say it isn’t. I’m looking to purchase this for pen-testing, and I wanted to test this on my router, which uses 802.11ac. Was that just a typo on your part? Thanks!

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    1. WirelesSHack

      The specs on the box are a bit misleading. It is Wireless-N and not a 802.11ac adapter. Wireless-N works in both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz range. 802.11ac works only in the 5 GHz range but is backward compatible with wireless-N. So technically it can work in a 802.11ac network in the 5 GHz range but is not a full 802.11ac device.

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  2. phraxoid

    Looks great. Real shame there are no EU distributors and Amazon US won’t ship one to me internationally 🙁

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