Long-range USB adapters are great when penetration testing with Kali Linux but what if you want to stay low-profile.
Most USB adapters that work with Kali Linux such as the popular Alfa adapters have large antennas that stick out and are very noticeable.
To stay low-profile small nano USB adapter/dongle’s need to be used with Kali.
Of course nano USB adapters do not have the range a larger adapter with a big dBi antenna will have. The trade-off of low-profile for range will have to be considered.
Unfortunately, not many nano USB adapters are built to work with Kali Linux, but there are a few.
In the past I have recommended the Cisco-Linksys WUSB54GC version 1. Problem is with the WUSB54GC is now on its fifth version and the chipsets have been changed a few times. Finding an original one can be a bit tricky. Also it is become aged as it is only wireless G.
The same can be said for the Netgear WG111 V2. The chipset that comes with version 2 uses the Realtek 8187. This also is only wireless G.
Currently, the only nano USB adapter that I have found that is Kali Linux compatible with penetration testing is the Panda PAU05.
It uses the RT3070 chipset which is one of the more popular chipsets used with Kali. The same chipset is used in the Alfa AWUS036NH long-range adapter. The AWUS036NH is a great adapter for Kali Linux wireless penetration testing.
Besides having the correct chipset the Panda PAU05 also is a wireless N USB adapter, which most devices now use.
On the plus side it even works with my Raspberry Pi which is very cool.
If you are on the lookout for a small nano USB adapter to do pen testing with Kali Linux then check out the Panda PAU05.