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This list contains the best WiFi hacking hardware devices you can buy for full-fledged WiFi penetration testing.
Over the years, the use of WiFi has grown exponentially. Nowadays, you will find WiFi access everywhere from coffee shops to corporate and government offices.
Since everyone uses WiFi to connect and share information, it has become the hunting ground for hackers. Hackers hack into WiFi networks to steal information and gain access to the target machines connected to the network.
Therefore, the security of the WiFi networks should not be taken lightly. There are many hardware devices made to test the security of WiFi.
This post contains the list of these hardware devices. The goal of these devices is to find loopholes that compromise the security of a network so that the network administrator can fix these loopholes to make the WiFi network more secure.
Here’s the summary of the best wifi hacking hardware devices.
|WiFi Hacking Device||Link to Product|
|WiFi Pineapple||See details at Amazon|
|DSTIKE WiFi Deauther Board with OLED||See details at Amazon|
|WiFi Deauther Wristwatch||See details at Amazon|
|Alfa AWUS036NHA – Wireless USB Adapter||See details at Amazon|
|Alfa AWUS036ACH USB WiFi Adapter||See details at Amazon|
|DSTIKE WIFI Duck||See details at Amazon|
|Raspberry Pi||See details at Amazon|
Here are a few points, I would like you to consider before proceeding with this post.
1. These WiFi hacking devices are made for ethical purposes, do not use them for harming someone. I/TechSphinx shall not be held responsible for your actions.
2. You can buy these devices from their official websites or Amazon. I have provided (Affiliate) links to Amazon for every device mentioned in this post.
3. The devices mentioned here are for WiFi pentesting. If you are interested in pentesting other wireless protocols such as Bluetooth, RFID, GPS, NFC, ZigBee etc, then check out my Wireless Hacking Hardware Tools post.
4. Make sure, the use of these devices is not banned in your country.
Now, let’s have a look at the 7 best WiFi hacking devices.
7 Best WiFi Hacking Hardware Devices
WiFi Pineapple is a powerful and versatile wireless auditing platform from hak5. It contains a set of tools for wireless pentesting which is very helpful for network security administrators.
WiFi Pineapple can also be used as a “Rouge Access Point”, thereby enabling targeted “Man-In-The-Middle” attacks. You can also conduct active WiFi attacks with manipulated management frames including deauth.
Not only that, but WiFi Pineapple is also a great tool for advanced reconnaissance like identifying vulnerable devices, Monitoring and collecting data, gathering intelligence on targets etc.
The best part of this tool is that you don’t have to install any software to use it. Everything can be done through an intuitive web interface with just a few clicks.
There is also a very active community surrounding it with constant updates making it the most well-known and classic tool when it comes to pentesting WiFi networks.
De-authentication is necessary for hacking WiFi networks. Once you de-authenticate a client from a wireless network, the client is forced to re-authenticate with the network.
During re-authentication, an attacker can steal the WPA handshake and use it to brute-force the password for the network.
Also, de-authentication is useful in “Evil Twin” attacks, where the attacker disconnects the client from the wireless network and force the client to authenticate to a “Rouge Access Point”.
DSTIKE WiFi Deauther Board is a small and cheap de-authentication tool that is bundled with an ESP8266 Deauther software. With this tiny development board, you can perform different attacks to test WiFi networks.
Note: The ESP8266 only support the 2.4GHz frequency.
Previously, I have mentioned the DSTIKE WiFi Deauther ESP8266 Board. WiFi Deauther Wristwatch uses the same board but ships with a 3D printed case and a wristband so you can wear it as a smartwatch.
Not only it’s a cool WiFi hacking device, but it is also very handy as compared to the Deauther board.
The functionality of this wristwatch is same as the ESP8266 board and this will also work only with 2.4GHz frequency.
The latest version of the device (v3) has OLED Display with an 800mAh lithium battery that gives up to 8-10 hrs working time.
A wireless adapter is the most useful tool to connect to a WiFi network. Laptops have WiFi adapters pre-installed.
However, not all WiFi adapters are suitable for hacking. They do not support packet injection or monitor mode which is essential for tools like “aircrack-ng” to work properly.
In this situation, you’ll need to rely on an external wireless adapter like Alfa AWUS036NHA. There are many other manufacturers for these type of wireless adapters but Alfa is the prime choice of most pentesters.
This device is compatible with any brand 802.11b/g/n router that uses 2.4 GHz wave-length. It is bundled with Atheros chipset and works out-of-the-box with most Linux OS including Ubuntu and Kali Linux.
Previously mentioned Alfa AWUS036NHA adapter is the best adapter for hacking WiFi. However, it has a limitation, it is only compatible with 2.4 GHz wavelength.
Since many WiFi routers nowadays work on both 2.4 and 5 GHz. You’ll also need an adapter that is compatible with both 2.4 and 5 GHz wavelengths.
Alfa AWUS036ACH USB WiFi Adapter is bundled with Realtek RTL8812AU chipset which is compatible with both 2.4 and 5 GHz wavelength.
Please note that the Alfa AWUS036ACH is not a plug-and-play adapter like the Alfa AWUS036NHA. You may need to manually install the Realtek drivers. In some operating systems, like Kali Linux, it’s pretty straightforward and you’ll also find plenty of tutorials for the same on Youtube.
If you are planning to use this adapter on a Linux system other than Kali Linux, I recommended you check if the adapter has the drivers available for your particular OS before purchasing.
You’ve probably heard or seen USB rubber ducky (especially if you are a Mr Robot fan).
USB rubber ducky is a tool that looks like a flash drive but acts as a keyboard and allows an attacker to execute keystroke injection attacks on target computers.
Now, in the case of a USB rubber ducky, an attacker has to program the payload in advance. If the attacker doesn’t know which commands to run beforehand, then USB rubber ducky is useless.
This is where DSTIKE WIFI Duck comes into play. WiFi Duck does the same thing as USB Rubber ducky but has WiFi access and has a web interface. This means you can control it remotely over WiFi from a distance.
Now, an attacker can easily send payloads and commands over the WiFi to the target machine as long as it is connected. An attacker can also use this device to inject backdoors into the target machine, so even if WiFi Duck is disconnected, the target machine will still be under the control of the attacker.
This is not a WiFi hacking device, but a device to hack target computers over WiFi.
7. Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, credit-card-sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.
Now, Raspberry Pi is not particularly made for hacking purposes but you can install Kali Linux on it and turn it into a portable WiFi hacking device.
Kali Linux has many different software tools to not only hack WiFi but for hacking anything in general. That’s why most hackers prefer Kali Linux as their prime OS for pen-testing.
Although you can install Kali Linux on your Laptop, it is not a good idea to use a device that you use for your day to day work and contains your personal data.
So, either you carry a different laptop or go for a much cheaper option – a Raspberry Pi.
I have also written a complete guide on installing Kali Linux on Raspberry Pi.
That concludes the best WiFi hacking hardware devices list. I hope this list helps you to choose the right WiFi hacking device for your pentesting needs.
I have also written another post that contains the list of best WiFi adapters for Kali Linux.