Compatible monitor mode Wi-Fi cards under windows

Acrylic WiFi software works with all existing WiFi cards on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Monitor mode WiFi capture is and advanced capability supported by Acrylic with most WLAN cards.

Some WiFi cards drivers don’t adequately report information about the signal level or WiFi channel on which the measurement is made, limiting its use to generate WiFi coverage maps under monitor mode. There are two main WLAN cards groups that support monitor mode WiFi under Windows, as shown below:

1 – Generic monitor mode WiFi cards: Standard WiFi cards (less expensive ones) on which monitor mode is supported by the hardware and by vendor drivers under windows. Its performance has been verified with Acrylic WiFi NDIS Driver and supports Wireshark integration. WiFi cards with Broadcom chipsets are fully compatible with NDIS and monitor mode under windows.


Monitor mode compatible Wi-Fi Devices


Chipset | Model
Device details
Compatibility

Broadcom BCM43236
USB Dongle – Broadcom chipset – Driver v1.0.0.26
Complete

Linksys AE2500 N600
USB Dongle – Broadcom chipset – Driver v1.0.0.26
Complete

Asus USB-AC53 (Nano version NOT supported)
USB Dongle – Broadcom chipset – Driver v1.0.0.26
Complete

NetGear A6200
USB Dongle – Broadcom chipset – Driver v1.0.0.26
Complete

Belkin F9L1106az v1
USB Dongle – Driver v6.30.61.21 (Windows 10 x64)
Complete

D-Link DWA-182 Revision A1 a/g/n/ac
USB Dongle – Broadcom BCM43526 chipset
Complete

BT 11ac Dual Band Wi-Fi Dongle 900
USB Dongle – Driver v6.30.145.9 (Windows 10 x64)
Complete

Buffalo AC866 N300 Dual Band Wi-Fi Dongle WI-U2-866D
USB Dongle – Driver v6.30.145.9 (Windows 10 x64)
Complete

D-Link Wireless DWA-110 b/g
USB Dongle – RT73 chipset
Complete


Qualcom Atheros AR5BMD222 b/g/n
Internal card – Acer Iconia W700P – Driver v10.0.0.270
Good

Qualcom Atheros AR9002WB-1NG
Internal card – Driver v9.2.0.206
Good

Broadcom BCM94352HMB 802.11ac 2×2 WI-FI Adapter
Driver v6.30.223.170 2013.09.06
Good

D-Link DWA-645 agn – AR5416
Driver v6.30.223.170 2013.09.06
Good

Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 b/g/n
Internal card
Good

TP-LINK TL-WN722N v1 (v2 NOT supported)
Driver v2.0.0.62
Good

AR5008X ABGN
Internal card – DELL laptops
Good


Ralink RT2870/3070 / Alpha
Ralink RT2870/3070 / Alpha
Partial

Qualcom Atheros AR9485WB-EG b/g/n
Internal card – Lenovo laptops
Partial

NetGear WiFi A6210
Broadcom chipset
Partial

Qualcom Atheros AR5B97 802.11a/b/g/n
Driver v9.2.0.439
Partial

Qualcom Atheros AR5B95
Driver v9.2.0.412
Partial


Dell wireless 1702 b/g/n
Integrated with Dell vostro
Limited

Cisco Linksys AE3000
Driver 3.2.8.0 – Packets with wrong FCS
Limited

UBIQUITI SR71 USB
Driver 3.5.0.4 – Packets with wrong FCS
Limited

Proxim 8494-WD 802.11a/b/g/n
ORiNOCO chipset – Driver 2.2.0
Limited

RTL8187 chipset (bg)
USB Dongle
Limited


NetGear A6210
USB Dongle
NOT Compatible

Asus USB-AC56
USB Dongle
NOT Compatible

Edimax AC1200
USB Dongle – Driver v1.0.16
NOT Compatible

Edimax AC 600
USB Dongle
NOT Compatible


Complete It works perfectly in monitor mode. This card is recommended.
Good Works well in monitor mode, is 90% stable and perfectly usable
Partial It can be set to monitor mode but RSSI values may not display correctly or return malformed packets.
Limited Can be put in monitor mode, incorrect RSSI, can stop capturing after a while or return malformed packets.
NOT compatible Not compatible with monitor mode, may cause a BSOD if you try to enable monitor mode.


2 РProfessional hardware: WiFi hardware product developed by Riverbed that supports native capture under Windows with excellent performance and signal precision levels. Airpcap devices are expensive (200$ Р600$) and are compatible with Acrylic WiFi Professional and Acrylic WiFi Heatmaps.

  • Airpcap Classic – b/g/n
  • Airpcap Tx – a/b/g/n
  • Airpcap Nx

Recommended monitor mode WiFi cards

We hope to increase the number of compatible WiFi cards supported by improving our driver and by contacting manufacturers to include NDIS support properly. Hoever, any card can work using native capture mode “WLAN API”, by disabling monitor mode on Acrylic WiFi device selector. We recommend your to purchase D-Link DWA-182 Revision A1 (Revision C1 uses an incompatible chipset), Netgear A6200 or Asus USB-AC53 for fully monitor mode capable Wi-Fi cards.

monitor mode WiFi Hardware Windows - NETGEAR A6200 80211ac

Send us an email to support@acrylicWiFi.com to report us information about hardware compatibility and we will update our list.

If you have compatible hardware, want to test your WiFi card and want to try an advanced WLAN sniffer give a try to our products:

  • Acrylic Wi-Fi Home: Free WiFi scanner for windows that provides information about networks, channels, connected clients and speed..
  • Acrylic Wi-Fi Profesional: Professional WLAN analysis and advanced wireless networks information (Trial available).
  • Acrylic Wi-Fi HeatMaps: Wireless site survey WiFi, coverage analysis and WiFi heat maps (Trial available).