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Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

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makuza

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Post Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:56 am

Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

ive currently got a atheros AR5007 802.11b/g is there anything better i can use?
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Post Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:10 pm

Re: Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

Orinoco where very popular, but they olny do 802.11b

I think any card that is able to do promicious mode and packet injection is good, you should look here for your information.


http://backtrack.offensive-security.com ... L:Wireless

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Post Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:25 pm

Re: Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

I have found the senao cd2511 to be very nice for range and acceptance of peek.dll for promiscous mode usage. and cheaply found on ebay
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Post Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:05 am

Re: Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

I've never used the high-power ubiquiti cards but I hear they are good for this kin d of work. They are expensive though and you will need to use an antenna since it does not have a built in one.

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Post Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:28 pm

Re: Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

I got pulled into a small, last minute wireless pen test while I was traveling, which meant I was stuck without our normal gear.  I ran over to best buy and grabbed the netgear wpn511 for something like $30.  It actually worked with BT3 right out of the box.  It's small so I just keep it in my bag at all times now.  The only drawback is that there are two versions of it, one that has an external antenna port, one that doesn't.  I accidentally grabbed the one that didn't.
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Post Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:58 pm

Re: Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

I had to smile when I read what Pseud0 posted about not having or forgetting a piece of equipment. I hate to admit that I have a number of times gone off to do a security gig and planned on bringing my latest, greatest, super cool, personally customized, imported from Germany, specialty tool only to discover in horror I left it behind. I then scramble all over some unknown city trying to find something generic from a big box store that will work and by some luck and improvising, it does! But the “wow” effect I was hoping impart on the local admin with my cool tool is blown.
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Post Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:31 am

Re: Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

The only thing better is remembering to bring your new uber-hack-o-dealie-3000-with-extra-l33t-sauce, throwing it out on the conference table in front of the client, watch the sheer awesomeness wash over them in a wave, then realizing that you forgot to pack the power cord.  Yup.  Twice in the last year. 
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Post Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:14 am

Re: Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

pseud0 wrote:The only thing better is remembering to bring your new uber-hack-o-dealie-3000-with-extra-l33t-sauce,. 


Hey I want one of those, LOL!  ;)
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Post Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:31 am

Re: Whats the best network card for range and packet capture?

I used to use the Orinoco Proxim Gold 802.11 b/g  atheros based wireless card for wireless scanning. It was great for its time, then we were introduced to the Ubiquiti DMARC 300mw 802.11 a/b/g wireless cards. Yes, they are expensive but they work awesome. For example I was conducting an "Authorized" wireless pentest from the parking lot of a customer. It was approximately 500-750 ft away from the bldg, not the AP, so can probably add other variables like structure, location of AP in the bldg etc etc. Well, I was able to sniff packets without having an antenna attached to my card. Yes, I was dropping a few packets here and there, but for the most part, I was actually capturing packets on this device. Oh and I guess it also helps that I was using on of the greatest wireless analyzers around "Kismet". (Last line added for effect!!) I then proceeded to put the little antenna that came with the card that fits in the pigtail port and "shazam"... I had full packet capture with awesome signal strength. Not only is this card great for range and packet capture, but it works great for packet injection as well. So, to make a long story short, these Ubiquiti cards are awesome. Yes, they're expensive, but well worth the money for those that conduct wireless assessment regularly. Oh and on another note, this is somewhat related, another good card to look at is the USB Airpcap wireless 802.11 a/b/g , I like this card because it does everything the Ubiquiti card does but works in a VMare machine as well....and I think that is awesome for more strealth Red Team type of assessments.

Thanks for listening...
have a great holiday everyone

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