I recently tried out some stuff on my home network in Kali. The host OS's wireless card doesn't support monitor mode, so I had to purchase a USB wifi antenna. The host machine is USB-C only so I have been using a female USB-C adapter to use it.
I have tried two different wireless dongles, both had odd connectivity issues. (Randomly deciding not to receive packets, dropping packets etc).
For example, I purposefully added my own network's password into RockYou to test out aircrack, then connected to the network using the adapter with a spoofed MAC to simulate a real attack. But the signal strength was so weak I couldn't do much.
If I connect directly from my host machine then use a bridged connection in Kali, I have zero issues. But in a real word scenario this wouldn't be acceptable since I'd be sharing my real mac address + various host OS components phoning home could out me.
Any suggestions on moving past this? Maybe something I'm doing wrong?
I tried running tk but then see the following:
root@kali:~/scripts# iwconfig wlan0 IEEE 802.11 ESSID:off/any Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm Retry short long limit:2 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Encryption key:off Power Management:off
But ifconfig shows nothing and gives an error bringing up wlan0:
root@kali:~/scripts# ifconfig wlan0 up SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such device
And the gui won't let me join networks.
I know this is more of a networking question, but there's so many moving pieces and it's directly related to troubleshooting a wireless pentest so I was hoping someone might have insight into what I could do differently.
I have a second adapter, which I tested with a different USB-C adapter and had similar issues.
(That one could bring up a list of networks after a 'systemctl restart network-manager' but only got a faint signal)