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    Question Help Choosing a USB Wireless Adapter

    Hello guys, I'm new to the community, and I'm eager to learn somethings about BT and the pentest scene.
    I've got a Laptop with a Intel 5100 wireless card, and after a lot of failed tries, I've decided that I really need a USB wireless adapter, with the bonus of being able to use BT in VMWare.
    Now, the question:
    I've read a lot about the Alphas, and saw that there are some card's from dealextreme that are supposed clones, and are compatible with BT5.
    I've yet to decide about which model to choose from:

    1 - The 802.11g 54Mbps High Power 1000mW USB 2.0 WiFi Wireless Network Dongle, with the Dragon printed in the card (Bonus cool factor :P)
    This card has good reviews in the BT foruns and the dealextreme page, but are kinda old. Am I missing something here? Is this card no longer used?

    2 - the2000mW High Power 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps USB 2.0 Wireless Network Dongle with Dual Antenna

    This card has a great review in the foruns, by citruspears, dated from end 2010:

    Again, last reviews are kinda old.

    So, is there a real difference in the cards? Is one better than the other? Is there a new kinda clone card in the market that I haven't seen yet?

    Thank you in advance for the time to read my post.

    Which is better or

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    Default Re: Help Choosing a USB Wireless Adapter

    My personal suggestion is to go with the Alfa AWUS036H. As of now, this card seems to have the best compatibility with BackTrack (does monitor mode & packet injection out-of-the-box). I own one myself, and it works nicely regardless of whether I'm running BackTrack in a vm, or natively installed.
    If I could figure out how to scuba dive & hack at the same time, there would be nothing I couldn't do...

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