Best WIFI card /Wlan KisMAC Compatible

Best WIFI cards  /Wlan KisMAC Compatible

Also know as: KisMAC Network Adapters, USB Injector, USB NIC (Network Interface Card) or Kismac USB Re-Injection Adapters

Not all USB Network Adapters are created equal. If you have read some of the comments left, you have realized that buying the right "USB Thingy" will make your life a breeze Vs. a freakin' nightmare.

Some Networks Adapters will work, some may work in the future, and some will never work.
For the "Never" and "In a Distant Future" I will not spend too much time:  For the sake of you, don't try to finagle or to save $5, you'll end up in a nightmare: Been there, Done that.

For the Adapters that work right away, we have 3 types:  The Bad, the Ok , and The Excellent
If you believe that an higher price will determine The Excellent, you're in for a big surprise!
So, enough suspense, here it is: 

Best WiFi Card compatible with KisMAC

International buyers: look below  

Update, thanks to Jason K.

Alfa AWUS036H Deluxe Bundle 
This includes:
Alfa AWUS036H + 2 antennas (5 & 9dBi) + Suction mount + Neoprene Case + Free Shipping
$34  (USA only)

Alfa AWUS036H + 5dBi + Mount + FREE SHIPPING   Compatible Mac / Windows / Linux / Ubuntu      Card + USB + Antenna 5dBi + CD + Mount
Alfa AWUS036H  V5  1000mW    Compatible Mac / Windows / Linux / Ubuntu
Card + USB + Antenna 5dBi + CD  is about $29

The Best Deal is: Same as above + 9 dBi Antenna (One 5dBi + One 9dBi) + Suction Mount Cup  Alfa AWUS036H V5 1000mW + 5 dBi + 9 dBi + Suction Cup Mount + USB + CD
Price about $35 for the bundle.  Mount alone is ~$4, 9dBI antenna alone ~$9

International buyers: 
Please follow the link for your respective country: 

FRANCE:  Alfa AWUS036H 500mW 
GERMANY   Ships to All Europe, DHL, with insurance and tracking number. 
UK           Without Mount Dock    With Mount Dock

This Ref only. The Alfa AWUS036NH (2000mW) is not KisMAC compatible. All Drivers for the AWUS036H , KisMAC compatible are located here. Windows, Mac, Linux included.

Here is an example on how good is that card:

Best Price on Apple Macbook, MacBook Pro, iMac, iPad

How To Get The Best Prices on Apple Macbook, MacBook Pro, iMac, iPad  & iPhone 

Unleash your Bargaining Power and save up to 60% on Brand New Genuine Apple Products

No, it's legal, Not a scam and you don't need to sell a kidney in order to get a good discount on Apple products.

As I hate those "little fine prints",   let me give them to you in plain english before I start explaining to you the -LEGAL WAY-  on how to get huge Apple Discount:

The only limitation(s) that I found are, depending on the purchase:
- You may not subscribe to a One To One.  For that, You need to pay full retail price (MSRP) purchased FROM an Apple Store AND subscribe within 14 days. 
- You may not be able to configure your MacBookPro with all the little options all the time. They come "base standard", just like the ones proposed by your Official Apple Store.
So, Let's start on the discounts. Based on your situation, I'll go from small discount available to big, big ones.

Now, if I tell you that the actual MacBook Pro 17" I am typing on right now was purchased at roughly 65% off,  NOT refurbished, I mean a Brand New One Out of the Box,  you are going to smile, huh?
Smile my friend... Smile.. 

Ok, Let's start...

Up to $400 Discount On Apple Products
Let's compare 

Example #1
In your Official Apple Store, a MacBook Pro is "From $2,299".  Then you add the sales tax. In Taxachusetts, you'll be pleased to add $143 to the tab.
Final Price:  $2,442.69

Now, the Exact Same From, brand new comes at $2048.18 before taxes. That's 11% Off right there. Then when we continue and add the Mac to your cart , a second good surprise comes in:  Sales Tax?
Nope ... Please add $143.69 to the discount .... 
One thing, thought: depending on the seller, you may not qualify for free shipping, so, add $13
Final End Price: $2053.58
Discount $389.11 or about almost 19% compared to the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) Warranty is ABSOLUTELY The same, as well as support.

If you don't believe me, Check for yourself   MacBook ,  MacBookPro 15" , iMac, iPad, TimeCapsul, etc etc  
Try that Widget and find yourself a Good Deal 

30% Discount On Apple Products

Antivirus For Mac : The Scary Results

Why An AntiVirus For Mac?
What Is The Best Value Antivirus  For Mac?

-Mac don't get Viruses!
-Well, they can. They can also get Trojans, RootKit and Malware.  Keyloggers too.
Less than Windozes, but, basically only because of the market share economics.  Nothing else, really. 

As of 2010, Apple is selling about 1 in 5 computers in the US market, and it's climbing, so rest assured Dear Mac Fan that your average Malware maker has duly noted the fact.
The Malware/Crapware manufacturer has shifted from the bored geek in the '90 to well organized Criminal groups.
In clear: it's about the money! : Making a virus for 1% of the market is not something economically viable, making a piece of code for 50 or 100 million potential target .. it's different
let's see ... let's assume 75M Mac user, if you can catch 1% of them, and steal $10 from each.  That would make $7,500,000  What do you think?  is it worth it for them?  Coding a Cryptoworm for 30 days and racking $200,000 in few days?   And for you? How much would you pay to get all you data back?  $10, $50 or more?

Do you think I am exaggerating?
Here is an excerpt from the very serious report on the Koobface worm: "Koobface: Inside a Crimeware Network"
  • "The operators of Koobface have been able to successfully monetize their operations. Through the use of pay-per-click and pay-per-install affiliate programs and forcing compromised computers to install malicious software and engage in click fraud, the Koobface operators earned over US$2 million between June 2009 and June 2010."  
  • Average Earning per Day ~ $5,860.  And this figure include Week-Ends.  $178,000 Per Month
Source: The Information Warfare Monitor   Full Report Available on the page. Please take a minute to read "Part 2: The Money"

My point is, As of now, if you do not have some sort of protection, you are a sitting duck: Sooner or later, you will be shot.

KisMAC The Ultimate WiFi Stumbler

How to Crack WEP / WPA Step by Step
KisMAC for Dummies &
Step by Step KisMAC Tutorial
KisMAC Tutorials for dummies, beginners & advanced users 

Update of update : a Brand New Improved Video in HD, con la musica muy entertaining is available.
Before you post a question, PLEASE be sure to Read the 3 following post:
KisMAC + KisMAC troubleshooting + KisMAC Q & A

If you are looking for the Best Wifi card to be used with KisMAC, the Benchmarks and Tests are HERE

Once you are sure that the answer to your question can not be found, Please, Post your question in the Q&A Article: CLICK HERE.

Cracking WEP with Re Injection
Cracking WEP without Re Injection (Airport, Airport Extreme)
Cracking WPA
KisMAC Troubleshooting Guide

KisMAC Resources Dictionary file, Password list, etc

KisMAC is a free WIFI Network discovery tool and has a large array of powerful features: Detection, Authentication, Injection, GPS, and the ability to crack WPA & WEP keys.
KisMac is really powerful and leave Windows based NetStumbler in the dust. By a large margin.

Kismac is not for absolute beginners and the first step with KisMAC is to read the FAQ. The second step is to read the FAQ again.

Just a little legal warning:
- It is illegal to download, possess, and/or use Kismac in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein (StGB § 202c)*
- It is illegal, in most countries, including the USA, to crack or attempt to crack, penetrate, listen to, intercept, or “Inject” any WI-FI network others than yours, or Networks where the unequivocal permission was not given to you by the rightful owner.
- Kismac is a tool that should be used on the sole purpose to check and/or verify, audit your own network

Now that I warned you :-) you can enjoy it!

Cracking WEP with Re-Injection

Whatever you do, if you have an injection device (WIFI card or USB Adapter) DO NOT install the drivers of the card / USB adapter.

How to Crack WEP Step by Step
This tutorial is solely for you to audit your own network. I take no responsibility whatsoever, implied or not.
If you NEED an access, just ask politely your neighbor and either share the cost or discuss with him. A six-pack can be used as lubricant.

Cracking with Injection device

(Hawking HWUG1 shown here, RT73 Chipset)
Do not buy any Network Adapter unless you have read the review.

The most successful method by far, with one little issue: you will NEED a Re-injection device: Either a USB WIFI Adapter or a WIFI card.

But, here comes the trick:
-You cannot use any WIFI card: You must use specific ones.
The list of “approved” hardware is here:
As of today, you can NOT inject packet with your Airport / Airport Extreme Apple card alone.

Step 1
Download KisMAC from a trusted source such as:
Install KisMAC
Plug your Injection device, Whatever you do, DO NOT install the drivers of the card / USB adapter, or you may dearly regret it.
Start KisMAC

Step 2
On the Tab KisMAC >>> Preferences >>>Drivers
Select your Injection device i.e. : “USB RT73 device”
If you have a doubt on what to choose, check the "approved" hardware list.

Click on “Add”
Check box “Use as primary device”
Select “All Channels”   Correction:  Select only 1-11 If you are in USA, 1-13 If you are in Europe, 1-14 if You are in Japan.  In some Cases, Ch 12-14 can pick up interferences from other home devices.
Check box “keep everything”
Close Dialog Box


Step 3
On the main screen, select “Start Scan”
KisMAC is now listening to the accessible networks
Look for a network with a WEP key (column “ENC”), a good signal as well as traffic (see Packets and Data)
Enter “WEP” on the search box (top right) and select “encryption” to filter the results

If the Column ENC is “NO”, the network is OPEN: No need of cracking anything
Once you have selected a network, look for the CHANNEL of the network, i.e 1, 2 etc …
Go back to Preferences >>>> Drivers
Select only the Network selected i.e 1

Step 4
Let KisMac work for 5 minutes collecting data
On the “NETWORK” Tab, select “Reinject Packets”
KisMAC will now try to reinject packets to speed up the process
Keep an eye on the “Unique IV’s” number, once it has reach at least 130,000 (200,000 is recommended) you may start considering cracking.


Step 5
Once you have collected enough, On the NETWORK Tab, Select “Crack” >>> “Weak Scheduling Attack” >>> “Against Both”
KisMAC will now try to crack the key…
Reminder: the more Unique IV’s you have collected, the greater are the chances to crack the key.
I have experienced crack as fast as 10 sec with 200,000 Unique IV’s (on a 64 bit key) and sometimes 30 minutes with only 110,000

If you know for sure that the key is either 40 bit or 104 bit, then select the appropriate one. If you are not sure, select "both"
40 bit is a 64 bit (40+24)
104 bit is a 128 bit (104+24)

If you have followed the steps, you should see something like that appears :-)))
remove the semicolon, and there you have it, or take a look at the main screen under Key or ASCII Key


How to crack WEP /WPA with Airport Extreme, Passive mode
WITHOUT Injection Device (Airport, Airport Extreme Alone)

WEP attack

Download KisMAC from a trusted source such as:
Last build is 0.2.99 , build 0.3 is coming soon.

Install KisMAC
Start KisMAC

Step 1 (without an Injection Device)
On the Tab KisMac >>> Preferences >>>Drivers
Select your card. (Capture devices) i.e : Airport Extreme Card, Passive Mode
Click on “Add”
Select “All Channels”
Close Dialog Box, and select “Start Scan” on the main window
A dialog box opens and load the card. Your Admin password may be required.

Step 2
KisMAC is now listening to the networks accessible
Look for a network with a WEP key (column “ENC”), a good signal as well as traffic (see Packets and Data)
If the Column ENC is “NO”, the network is OPEN: No need of cracking anything
Once you have selected a network, look for the CHANNEL of the network, i.e 1, 2 etc …
Go back to Preferences >>>> Drivers
Select only one Network selected i.e Channel 1

Step 3
Be patient: open a beer, pour yourself a nice glass of wine or have a nice cup of coffee.
Without an injection device, you will need to collect a minimum of 130,000 unique IV’s before you can start cracking a 40/64-bit WEP
200,000 Unique IV’s for weak scheduling attack on a 40/64-bit WEP
1,000,000 Unique IV’s for weak scheduling attack on a 104/128-bit WEP
500,000 packets for weak scheduling attack on a 40/64-bit WEP
2,000,000 packets weak scheduling attack on a 104/128-bit WEP
It may take a long time….

Step 4
Once the packets are collected, Go to the tab “Network” >>> Crack and select the method,
For a start, I would suggest: “Crack” >>>”Weak Scheduling Attack” >>> “Against Both”
Once started, you’ll have to wait between 5 and 20 minutes depending on your machine for KisMAC to try all the keys.
The more packets you have collected, the better are your chances to be able to crack the key.

WPA crack / Attack

>>>>> Packets RE-Injection DOES NOT WORK on WPA attack <<<<<<
>>> I said RE-Injection and not "Injection"

In order to crack a WPA key, you'll need the handshakes, a serious dictionary file or fileS and a LOT of CPU time. Hours and probably days of it. (read the "I am bored part" at the end)

You first need to capture 4-way EAPOL handshakes (connection between the computer and the network) -When captured, you'll see the Ch/Re red dot turns green. You are ready to try...

To speed up the process of capturing the 4-way EAPOL handshakes, you can try a deauthenticate attack: it will force the network to shutdown and restart, hence speeding up the process. In order to Deauthenticate, you'll need a USB Network Adapter. Airport alone can not Re-inject (as of 2010)
Go to Network >>> Deauthenticate
Some network may recognize the attack and change channel.

Once the Ch/Re is ready, Go to the tab "Network" >>Crack >>WPA
It will then ask you for the dictionary file, select the file you want to use, and start...

Nota Bene:
KisMAC will try every word (from the list provided) to attempt to crack the key, hence it may take a lot of time....if you have a slow machine, be really patient.
I have a not so bad machine, and I run about 170 words per second. You can leave a comment with your config and speed for me to compare.
Mine: MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo + 4GB DDR2 SDRAM : about 170 Word/sec

As for the Dictionary files, you can find links on the KisMAC website or take a look at the "RESSOURCES" post.

Note on dictionary files:
Wordlist = dictionary file
- The words are tested "as is" and not in combination.
Example: the password is "I love Kismac"
If your dictionary contains the words "I" + "love" + "Kismac" it will NOT work, your wordlist must contain the exact (verbatim) "I love Kismac" as a word to successfully attempt to crack.
The files must be a text format .txt and contain a empty line at the end. 

KisMAC Troubleshooting Guide , KisMAC Issues, KisMAC Ressources are on the NEXT post....
KisMAC for Windows, post

WPA: Wordlist links and files uploaded here

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