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Thread: Engenius/Senao USB Wireless adapter

  1. #81
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeshan0581 View Post
    Rightaway i picked up about 30 networks, at home i usually pick up around 3 counting mine. So 362 is def good investment. Now i just have to figure out how to make it change networks without me having to do anything.

    I dont know what you mean by that, connecting to other peoples network is illegal .. But I'll tell you anyway... if you add "ANY" to your preferred networks list then it will automatically connect to the nearest unsecured network.

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    Linux Users? - BackTrack2

    Hi everyone,
    I'm really keen to get an EnGenius/Seno 362 EXT, but I'm just wondering about Linux compatibility.

    I'm planning on using it with BackTrack 2.0 (A really nice Security based Live CD distro) which has programs like AirSnort and AirCrack, as a means of vulnerability assessment and penetration testing etc..

    So my question is: does this device play nicely with linux? (i know from past experience that ndiswrapper is serious admin, especially with Live CD's, and was wondering if any of you guys have it running nicely?)

    My normal Linux Distro is Ubuntu 7.04 x86. Also wondering if the Chipset's drivers are common (well, common enough to be built into some distros, so that i can avoid NdisWrapper at all costs!)

    Thanks,
    Jono

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    The Engenius will not work with Linux without adding the NdisWrapper.

    Check out the "Alfa 500mW USB Wireless B/G Adapter RP-SMA Antenna Jack". Go to Ebay item# 290077228200. The Alfa is nore powerful than the Engenius and works great with Linux and Backtrack.

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    Madmax - that's a great find. Have you used it yourself? Is it reliable. I am looking for an external adapter to work with my Mac (runnig OS X).

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    Fantastic News!!

    Quote Originally Posted by madmax00 View Post
    The Engenius will not work with Linux without adding the NdisWrapper.

    Check out the "Alfa 500mW USB Wireless B/G Adapter RP-SMA Antenna Jack". Go to Ebay item# 290077228200. The Alfa is nore powerful than the Engenius and works great with Linux and Backtrack.
    Fantastic, thanks
    How does it compare to the 362?
    I know that it's more powerful, but sensitivity wise? (I'm more interested in picking up packets from far away, then pushing them out there..) and also, can it go into "rf monitor mode"? (so that it can pass monitor mode packets up via the PF_PACKET interface. I know you need one which can to use AirSnort and the likes).

    I'm familiar with securities and networks, but only just getting into wireless, so can't say i'm an expert..

    Thanks for the NdisWrapper save, Live CD's like Knoppix STD REALLY doesn't play well with it.. and if there are open source drivers for the Alfa, then that'll be the way forward

    Thanks
    J

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    the chipset the Alfa uses is Chipset Realtek 8187L

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    Yes, I have a EnGenius and a Alfa. The Alfa is twice as powerful than the Engenius. In Windows it seems that the Alfa is not as sensitive as the Engenius. In Windows the Engenius will receive weak signals that it will not connect to. The Alfa in Windows will not receive the weaker signals that the Engenius does, but will double your receive and transmit signals to the networks that you can connect to with the Engenius.

    Yes, I have used the Alfa with Backrack and it is awesome. Everybody on the Backtrack forum that has the Alfa says that it is amazing. It seems that the Linux drivers are more sensitive in Linux because I am able to detect more networks in Kismet than in Windows with Netstumbler.

    The client manager software for Windows does not work that comes with the Alfa on a CD. Go to realtek to download the latest drivers to fix that problem, or use the WindowsXP client manager. The Engenius is a good device, but the Alfa is better. I would recommend the Alfa to anyone.

    There are also drivers for the Mac on the Realtek website, but I do not have a Mac so I am unable to try it.

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    Madmax - awesome. Thanks for pointing this out. This looks great for those of us that use Macs because there don"t seem to be any Mac drivers there for the Engenius units. Since there are for the Realtek this looks like a no-brainer as a great choice for the mac.

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    Just ordered one of these off ebay, and a 9db antenna with a connector. Will be doing some Net stumbling

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    I wish I would have got the Alfa insead of the Engenius.. Sure the Atheros is more sensitive but the fact the Realtek one can work in Linux / Backtrack (I dont crack btw ) is awesome.. and double the transmit power before the antenna.

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