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Find the answers for the most frequently asked questions below

Why do you recommend the AWUS036NHA, AWUS036ACM, and AWUS036AXM/AWUS036AXML?

The hands on labs have been tested with these adapters. The AWUS036NHA and AWUS036ACM have shown to be dependable over the years. The AWUS036AXM/AWUS036AXML have recently been tested and work as well.

Any of these will give you the best experience during the labs. The last thing you want to do is wasting precious time fiddling with an adapter and its driver, trying to figure out why it doesn't work properly.

Can I use a different WiFi adapter?

Yes. However, it needs to be USB and at least support 802.11n, monitor mode, and access point mode, otherwise you won't be able to participate in the labs.

Adapters using out of kernel drivers (such as the Alfa AWUS1900, AWUS036AC, or AWUS036ACH), with vendor driver (even modified ones) or staging drivers are discouraged as they are unstable.

What other WiFi adapters do you recommend?

If you decide to choose another adapter, the next choice would be one using the ath9k_htc driver, or one with a Mediatek chipset that is either 802.11n, 802.11ac, or 802.11ax.

How do I find if my adapter supports 802.11n, monitor and AP mode?

In a terminal, run iw phy phy0 info, where phy0 should be replaced with the PHY of the adapter (which can be found using sudo airmon-ng).

The output should indicate HT(802.11n) at the very least (VHT is for 802.11ac and HE is for 802.11ax), as well as monitor and AP must be present in the Supported interface modes section.

Make sure it works properly in managed (client) mode, and if you can run an injection test with aireplay-ng.

Is a headset mandatory during the live class?

No. You are free to use text chat instead of voice to ask questions, or when you need assistance during the hands-on labs.

How can I become more familiar with Linux and the command line?

Linux Journey has great tutorials to learn Linux. The recommended sections are Command line, Permissions, and Network basics. The debian documentation is also a great resource to become familiar with the command line, and more specifically, the Console basics and Unix-like filesystem sections.

While you can learn these fundamentals on any Linux distribution, if you don't have any particular Linux distribution of choice, we recommend trying it on Kali Linux, which we will be using during the training course.

What is your refund policy?

For live classes advertised on our website, we fully refund (with the exception of transaction and platform fees) up to 7 days before the day of class.

In the event we cancel a class, you will receive a full refund, including transaction fees and platform fees.