Compatible Wireless Penetration Hardware for Kali Rolling

Adam Toscher
2 min readDec 29, 2019


This blog is to help consolidate the existing information about what USB devices are compatible with the latest Kali Linux Release.This is not meant to be an exhaustive post, but to provide well tested and easily obtainable hardware to perform a wireless penetration assessment.

Devices have been tested on both bare metal, and virtual machine configurations. Some results may/will need updating, and can be found at the gist address below.

Kali Supported USB Devices

For 5Gz Specific cards you can reference my blog post below:

Cheat Sheet

Troubleshooting Monitor Mode# rfkill unblock all 
# airmon-ng check kill
Injection Test# aireplay-ng -i wlan0mon -9 -D# Test Frequency Band and Capture Abilityairodump-ng wlan1 --band ag -M -U --wps --beacons -w captureallthewirelessPower Related# iw wlan0mon set txpower 30
# iwconfig wlan0mon txpower 30
# bccmd psget 0x0017
Channel Related# iwconfig wlan1 channel 149Driver Related# apt install realtek-rtl88xxau-dkms



Adam Toscher

Adam is a offensive security engineer and red team operator with over 20 years of experience in IT