What is a good WiFi card that is supported by Backtrack?

Farhan Karim April 9, 2012

My current WLAN card (Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC) is not supported by Backtrack. I need suggestions for a good WLAN card that will work.

  1. Smayonak
    April 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Gina Trapani wrote a really good article a while back dealing, in part, with how to find a Backtrack-compatible wireless adapter. In her article (which is available through Lifehacker), she links to a resource containing quite a bit of additional information on the subject:


    Essentially, as Bruce mentioned, Linux is the superior platform for deploying a Backtrack installation since it allows for packet injection and not just monitoring.

    Here's the compatibility list, from the website above:


    In case you are interested in virtualizing an installation of Backtrack (in order to avoid a complicated dual-boot situation), Backtrack.org published installation information here:


    Good luck!

  2. Mike
    April 10, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Personally I would go with the ALFA AWUS036H. It's one of the best USB WiFi adapters out there and quite inexpensive.

    This USB adapter is also reported to be plug & play on BackTrack v5

    • Jimmy
      April 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

      One thing to be sure of when buying the ALFA's or a G SKY is to make sure it is genuine.  I was showing someone an authentication DoS, went to lunch forgetting about it running and came back a few hours later to it.  I went to do some more things afterwards with it and noticed my signal strength had dropped nearly in half.  By the end of the day I had nothing.  I do not believe an adapter with a genuine chipset would die like this... after a bit of reading I found that knock offs of these are common. 

  3. Bruce Epper
    April 10, 2012 at 3:15 am