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Thread: How to get Kali 2.0 to work with my AWUS036AC wireless adapter?

  1. #1
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    How to get Kali 2.0 to work with my AWUS036AC wireless adapter?

    I can't get Kali 2.0 to see my AWUS036AC wireless card and I'm not sure how to resolve it. I have it running in a VMWare Fusion VM and can see it when I run "lsusb" ... BUT, when I run ifconfig or iwconfig I don't see the interface. Is there a resolution or is this adapter just plain old problematic with Kali???

    See details below:


    Kali Version : 2.0
    Kali Architecture 64 bit arm
    Specific hardware: Macbook Pro running VMWare Fusion.
    Any visible error messages: None

    Here is what I see via dmesg | tail and lsusb:

    root@kali:~# lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0bda:8812 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8812AU 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN Adapter
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0e0f:0008 VMware, Inc.
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0e0f:0002 VMware, Inc. Virtual USB Hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0e0f:0003 VMware, Inc. Virtual Mouse
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    root@kali:~# dmesg | tail
    [ 4.183578] cfg80211: (5490000 KHz - 5730000 KHz @ 160000 KHz), (N/A, 2000 mBm), (0 s)
    [ 4.183578] cfg80211: (5735000 KHz - 5835000 KHz @ 80000 KHz), (N/A, 2000 mBm), (N/A)
    [ 4.183579] cfg80211: (57240000 KHz - 63720000 KHz @ 2160000 KHz), (N/A, 0 mBm), (N/A)
    [ 4.216896] e1000: eth0 NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow Control: None
    [ 34.520158] usb 2-1: new high-speed USB device number 2 using ehci-pci
    [ 34.726191] usb 2-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=8812
    [ 34.726194] usb 2-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
    [ 34.726195] usb 2-1: Product: 802.11n NIC
    [ 34.726196] usb 2-1: Manufacturer: Realtek
    [ 34.726196] usb 2-1: SerialNumber: 123456

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    I am also having a problem with this same card. My make file keeps giving me 'recipe for target' errors. Has anyone gotten this card to work on an AMD64 device

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    Hi here is how you make AWUS036AC work on Kali 2.0

    you need to clone this https://github.com/abperiasamy/rtl88...21AU_linux.git

    in terminal type

    sudo su
    cd /home/<yourkaliuser>/Downloads
    git clone https://github.com/abperiasamy/rtl88...21AU_linux.git
    cd rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux/
    make
    make install

    once installed, reboot kali then you should have it working fine.

    try type iwconfig, wlan0 should be available

    Thanks

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    Is there a site where you can plug in your wireless adapter model and know 1) is it supported by Kali and 2) will it work with the aircrack suite?

    This is driving me nuts. Was able to install the drivers to get it to work ... BUT, it doesn't work with airodump and when I go back run "airmon-ng" after putting it into monitor mode I get this error:

    "Only mac80211 devices on kernel 2.6.33 or higher are officially supported by airmon-ng."

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    Monitor mode doesn't seem to be supported on the AWUS036AC adapter while running as a VM on a Macbook. I'm getting the same error.

    Only mac80211 devices on kernel 2.6.33 or higher are officially supported by airmon-ng

    Anyone find a workaround?

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    I did try multiple drivers but doesn't seems to be working, I think i have gone through all method to make this work. unfortunately none of them working even I tried hardcore way with this https://forums.hak5.org/index.php?/t...lfa-awus036ac/ still ain't working, so I guess to save the effort I went to store and bought Alfa AWUS036NHA but some people says it bit unstable compare with Alfa AWUS036NH. Well its up to you which you prefer.

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    Don't just buy yet, let me try it out AWUS036NHA first and let you know the result.

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    Well found a YouTube tutorial that helps with installing the necessary AWUS036AC drivers.

    BUT ... I cannot put it into monitor mode!!!!

    I've tried multiple solutions and nothing works. Not getting errors ... its just not doing anything. I can put it into AUTO and MANAGED mode, but NOT monitor. Driving me nuts!!!! Here is what I'm trying:

    airmon-ng check kill

    airmon-ng start wlan0
    No interfering processes found
    PHY Interface Driver Chipset

    null wlan0 rtl8812au Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8812AU 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN Adapter


    ... so it does nothing.

    Also tried ...
    ifconfig wlan0 down
    iwconfig wlan0 mode monitor ... which produces an error: "Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) : SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument."


    Anyone making any progress on this?
    Last edited by maiki; 2016-10-11 at 12:06. Reason: Remove YouTube link

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    Hello All,

    I too have this issue. I have a linksys WUSB6300, which also has the rtl8812au chipset. I have successfully had it installed, but not able to put it into monitor mode. I have also attempted compat/backports drivers, but the usbpen is not recognized.

    Anyone out there no where to get drivers for an rtl8812au usb wireless adapter that supports monitor mode??

  10. #10
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    Hello guys!

    I too have this issue!
    I have a USB adapter D-Link DWA-182 which i use in VirtualBox 5.0.10 (with the support extensions for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0) installed in my Windows 7.
    I managed to install and use to access the internet but can not use in monitoring mode... I receive this message: "Only mac80211 devices on kernel 2.6.33 or higher are officially supported by airmon-ng."
    Please, someone with an advanced knowledge to help everyone here?

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    Anyone found an answer to "Error for wireless request "Set Mode" (8B06) : SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument." yet?

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    Hi guys, I would like to buy the AWUS036AC wireless adapter but I am just wondering are the issues with it is that you guys are running it from a VM because I have Kali installed native, so will it work straight away or will I still have issues with airodump-ng, etc...

    If there will still be issues I will just have to go for ALFA AWUS036NHA.

    Any thoughts please.

    Thanks.

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    Hi guys, I already purchased ALFA AWUS036NHA, it works ok but the signal is really week, my internal Dell laptop wireless chip is much stronger, I can't remember what its called.

    I would like to buy AWUS036AC can someone please confirm if I will be able to get monitor and packet injection working with this adapter ! I need some advice. please. its a lot of money to where I am

  14. #14
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    if you are looking for RTL8812AU, you will find that it's hardmac-based. so.. i don't think will ever work on monitor mode

  15. #15
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    Hello,

    The better driver that I found for this device is:

    https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8812au

    It supports monitor mode.

    I hope this helps!

  16. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by seClusiO View Post
    Hi here is how you make AWUS036AC work on Kali 2.0

    you need to clone this https://github.com/abperiasamy/rtl88...21AU_linux.git


    in terminal type

    sudo su
    cd /home/<yourkaliuser>/Downloads
    git clone https://github.com/abperiasamy/rtl88...21AU_linux.git
    cd rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux/
    make
    make install

    once installed, reboot kali then you should have it working fine.

    try type iwconfig, wlan0 should be available

    Thanks

    Hey seCluiO,

    I tried your instructions but for some reason I was not able to run "Make" I found "Makefile" and "MakeFile.dkms" files as you can see below.



    root@kali:~/Downloads/rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux-master# ls
    CONTRIBUTORS.md Makefile.dkms contributors.sh hal platform
    Kconfig README.md core ifcfg-wlan0 runwpa
    LICENSE clean dkms.conf include wlan0dhcp
    Makefile contrib fetch.sh os_dep


    Have you or anyone been able to make it work?

    Thank you

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