Requirements and compatibility

Hardware for monitor mode captures

Note: Acrylic products work with all WiFi adapters.

Acrylic Wi-Fi Sniffer makes use of current and accessible hardware for capturing in monitor mode (promiscuous mode) in Windows.
Remember that you can capture in native mode with any WiFi card. Learn the differences between monitor mode vs. native mode.

WiFi hardware that supports monitor mode in Windows is common and inexpensive. These are conventional WiFi cards that have been tested to work properly in Acrylic Wi-Fi Sniffer to capture WiFi traffic in monitor mode.

Acrylic Wi-Fi Sniffer integration capabilities are outstanding, allowing these cards to take full advantage of their potential: capture in all 2.4 and 5GHz (a/b/g/n/ac) standards, in all channel widths (20/40/80/160 MHz) including Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) measures, and total integration with other tools such as Wireshark to capture WiFi traffic in monitor mode.

Monitor mode compatible Wi-Fi Devices


Channel width (MHz)
Bandwidth (GHz)
Device
20
40
80
160
2.4
5
SNR
Compatibility
ALFA Network AWUS1900
b/g/n
a/n/ac
COMFAST CF-958AC
b/g/n
a/n/ac
ASUS USB-AC68
b/g/n
a/n/ac
D-Link DWA-192
b/g/n
a/n/ac
Edimax EW-7833UAC
b/g/n
a/n/ac
TP-LINK Archer T9UH
b/g/n
a/n/ac
ALFA AWUS036ACH
b/g/n
a/n/ac
Very Good
Broadcom BCM43236
b/g/n
a/n
Very Good
Linksys AE2500 N600
b/g/n
a/n
Very Good
Asus USB-AC53 (Nano version NOT supported)
b/g/n
a/n/ac
Very Good
NetGear A6200
b/g/n
a/n/ac
Very Good
Belkin F9L1106az v1
b/g/n
a/n/ac
Very Good
D-Link DWA-182 Revision A1 a/g/n/ac
b/g/n
a/n/ac
Very Good
BT 11ac Dual Band Wi-Fi Dongle 900
b/g/n
a/n/ac
Very Good
Buffalo AC866 N300 Dual Band Wi-Fi Dongle WI-U2-866D
b/g/n
a/n/ac
Very Good
D-Link Wireless DWA-110 b/g
b/g/n
-
Very Good
Qualcom Atheros AR5BMD222 b/g/n
b/g/n
a/n
Good
Qualcom Atheros AR9002WB-1NG
b/g/n
a/n
Good
Broadcom BCM94352HMB 802.11ac 2x2 WI-FI Adapter
b/g/n
a/n
Good
D-Link DWA-182 Revision A1 a/g/n/ac
b/g/n
a/n
Good
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 B/G/n
b/g/n
a/n
Good
TP-LINK TL-WN722N v1 (v2 NOT supported)
b/g/n
a/n
Good
AR5008X ABGN
b/g/n
a/n
Good
Ralink RT2870/3070 / Alpha
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
Qualcom Atheros AR9485WB-EG b/g/n
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
NetGear WiFi A6210
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
Qualcom Atheros AR5B97802.11a/b/g/n
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
Qualcom Atheros AR5B95
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
Dell wireless 1702 b/g/n
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
Cisco Linksys AE3000
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
UBIQUITI SR71 USB
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
Proxim 8494-WD 802.11a/b/g/n
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
RTL8187 chipset (bg)
b/g/n
a/n
Limited
Airpcap Classic
b/g/n
-
Good
Airpcap Tx
b/g/n
-
Good
Airpcap Nx
b/g/n
a/n
Good

Legend

It perfectly works in monitor mode. It has the best capabilities to capture. This card is recommended.

Very Good

It perfectly works in monitor mode. Does not support the latest WiFi standards

Good

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.

Minimum requirements

  • Operative system: Microsoft® Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista
  • System components: Microsoft® .NET FRAMEWORK: 4.5
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Wi-Fi: Any WiFi adapter (Internal or USB)*
    * To carry out high performance captures please check out the list of adapters compatible with monitor mode

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