Hardware

Hardware

We’re often asked what hardware works well with Kismet; here’s a list of some useful starting points with links to Amazon. These links help the Kismet project a little if you use them to order, but by all means order from where ever works best for you!

Wi-Fi cards

  1. Mediatek MT7612U This is a relatively new 802.11AC chipset which has increasingly good Linux support built into the kernel. You need Linux 4.19.7 or later, and Linux 5.0 preferred for this to work. This card does not work with Raspberry Pi or other Arm devices, but may do in the future. There are several flavors of this card:
    • The Alfa AWUS036ACM has dual antenna jacks and works well.
    • The SparkLAN module has U.Fl antenna jacks and works well for building an enclosed system where space is at a premium, but the cost is significantly higher.
  2. RTL8812au This chipset has a lot more quirks than the MT7612U, but can work on more devices; specifically, once you massage the drivers into working (or use Kali), it will work with the Raspberry Pi3. This requires drivers which are not part of the kernel and can be difficult to compile. It often exhibits significant issues, but is capable of sniffing 802.11AC. There are many, many, many flavors of this card, all with subtly different form factors, frequency capabilities, and antenna options. Some we’ve used with success:
    • The basic 1x1 dual-band model. This is very cheap, but can see dual bands, and accepts an antenna.
    • The dual-band version has dual-band capability, but the antennas are not removable. This is a very very cheap card with moderate capability, but don’t expect to be able to use it for more advanced things.