Kali Linux 2.0 Compatible USB Adapter Test

By | October 14, 2015

Kali Linux 2.0 Compatible USB Adapter Test Windows 10

Since Kali Linux 2.0 has come out I have been playing with USB adapters to see which ones are still compatible with the new Kali 2.0.
The two USB adapters I used while testing are the Alfa AWUSO36NH and the Alfa AWUS051NH.
The Alfa AWUS036NH uses the 3070 chipset
The Alfa AWUS051NH uses the RT3572 chipset
This is the test environment I used.
Windows 10 Pro
VMware Workstation 12 Player
Kali Linux 2.0
Aircrack-ng 1.2 Rc2
My main goal was to test them to see if they could go into monitor mode and do a data capture.
Both dongles went into monitor mode and were enabled on wlan0mon.
The problem began when I tried to run a “airodump-ng wlan0mon” command and both adapters erred out with aioctl(SIOCSIWMODE) failed: Device or resource busy
Kali Linux 2.0 Compatible USB Adapter Test
After reading through a few forums I found a fix to the problem with the following commands.
ifconfig wlan0mon down
iwconfig wlan0mon mode monitor
ifconfig wlan0mon up
Note: When I did the same test using Windows 7, Kali 1.0, and the new Aircrack-ng 1.2 I did not receive any errors.
Once I had run the above solution both adapters went out and displayed all the available AP points.
I was than able do do a data capture using the deauth command with the Alfa AWUS036NH.
The Alfa AWUS051NH would not send out a deauth command as it would in Kali 1.0 so I had to connect to it manual with a smartphone and it than did a data capture.
Summary of Results.
Adapters that worked in Kali 1.0 and previous versions of aircrack-ng will also likely work with the new updated software.
You are likely to run into some hurdles as I have and have to seek out the solution.
If in doubt previous versions of Kali and Aircrack-ng can be used as they always have.
The many new options that come built-in to Kali 2.0 and Aircrack-ng 1.2 may not be needed by everyone.
Read Here for Changes Made To Aircrack-ng 1.2

3 thoughts on “Kali Linux 2.0 Compatible USB Adapter Test

  1. shahatboy

    hello there
    I”m using the alfa awus036nh…and it works fine in kali…
    moniter mode works fine….
    but when I run the injection test..I dont get any response…..
    have you run into the same propblem with this alfa awus036nh…
    I would appreciate any kind of help…
    sorry about my english…
    thank you..


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