Choosing the Right Wireless Card

The subject of wireless cards and chipsets is important. Although in many cases the chipset on the card and the wireless card itself may not matter, some tools require the presence of certain chipsets in order to function.

Items to consider include:

  • Operating system in use.
  • Application in use.
  • Whether packet injection is required (Windows systems cannot perform packet injection; if this is required then Linux must be used).
  • Driver availability.
  • Manufacturer of wireless card and chipset (you must know both because the two can be made by two different manufacturers).
  • If you are using virtualization, you may also need to check to see if your card will work with this environment.