Setup Instructions for ALPHA WIRELESS CARD

Hello Everyone,

I would like to share with you some useful information so that you guys will not need to deal with setup difficulties and diving into google search trying to find answers.

Basically, I experienced some issues when installing Alpha Wireless Card (AWUS036ACH) on KALI LINUX since it would not install automatically once plugged into USB port. Further, I discovered that certain drivers would need to be downloaded and installed manually using certain commands in Terminal. While you may have a different Alpha Card Model, you may still want to apply setup process below in case if you have any setup issues.

After complete research, testing and verification, I wrote a Step-By-Step setup instructions below to make life easier for all of us.

Setup procedure for installing drivers for Alfa Wireless Adapter:

Note: Adapter must be plugged into USB port only after installaing the drivers as outlined below.

Setup Steps:

1. Download driver here:

2. In KALI Linux, navigate to /etc/apt folder and edit sources.list with the following sources:

deb sana main non-free contrib
deb sana/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src sana main non-free contrib
deb-src sana/updates main contrib non-free

3. Open Terminal and run commands below:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get install -y linux-headers-$(uname -r)

4. back into Terminal, extact the drivers and navigate to extraced driver’s folder

5. Run command below


6. After that completes type:

make install

7. Plug in the Alfa adapter to USB port and restart Kali

8. Open terminal and run IFCONFIG, where you should see WLAN0 adapter.
If no IP Address exists, navigate to System Settings Wireless Connection and connect Alfa Adapter to desired SSID……, IFCONFIG should show IP Address for WLAN0 adapter
— THE END —-

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  • Thank you for posting Ruslan.

  • From my experience if it is a clean install of the latest Kali distro (2016.1), then the first thing that you need to do is to update the distro otherwise you can not get the header files (4.3.0 -> 4.5.0).

    apt-get update && apt-get distro-upgrade -y

    I also recommend that you get the a newer version of the driver src from here

    • Thank you for your suggestion. I will try it.
      However, even though installation should be seamless, there are complications of making it work.

  • Hey bro I don’t understand step 4

    4. back into Terminal, extact the drivers and navigate to extraced driver’s folder

    I would really like to know what to do so I can proceed after that step 4.

    Thank you

    • Hello,

      In step 4, while in Terminal, execute commands that would extract archive and then navigate to folder where files are extracted. If you don’t know the command, just Google it. 😉
      Then, follow step 5.

      Let me know if you still need my help

  • Does this work with the AWUS036ACH adapter?

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