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  1. Ok, thanks very much, i ordered the alpha you linked to on Data Alliance.
  2. Wait, let me make sure i have you right. If i use the wifi adapter that i am using now, i cannot do it in a virtual machine, but i can if i buy the one you linked to? If so, i will order it right away. Or will i need to install to hard drive if i want to use either? i have no problem with dual booting my macbook to run a linux client, but except for ubuntu, it is a pain in the neck to get the hardware right with the OS. It would be much easier for me, and save a lot of SSD space with a virtual machine. Again, thanks for all your help.
  3. It is the AWUS036NHA, which i am guessing is about the same. here is the output from dmesg after i plugged the alpha in.... [ 151.036326] usb 1-1: new high-speed USB device number 2 using ehci_hcd [ 151.371697] cfg80211: Calling CRDA to update world regulatory domain [ 151.379787] cfg80211: World regulatory domain updated: [ 151.379790] cfg80211: (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp) [ 151.379793] cfg80211: (2402000 KHz - 2472000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm) [ 151.379795] cfg80211: (2457000 KHz - 2482000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm) [ 151.379797] cfg80211: (2474000 KHz - 2494000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm) [ 151.379799] cfg80211: (5170000 KHz - 5250000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm) [ 151.379800] cfg80211: (5735000 KHz - 5835000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm) [ 151.415831] usb 1-1: ath9k_htc: Firmware htc_9271.fw requested [ 151.416251] usbcore: registered new interface driver ath9k_htc [ 151.861877] usb 1-1: ath9k_htc: Transferred FW: htc_9271.fw, size: 51272 [ 152.860060] ath9k_htc 1-1:1.0: ath9k_htc: Target is unresponsive [ 152.860073] Failed to initialize the device [ 152.862921] usb 1-1: ath9k_htc: USB layer deinitialized so my question now is, can i still use this adapter? if so, how? and if not, what adapter would be recommended for me to buy to do all the cool wizardry i see here in the forums, the wikis, etc.. for proper pen testing? i have had the same issues in backbox linux, which is actually easier to run in a VM hosted on mac, and i like the feel of it better. But still, same issues. Thanks for your help.
  4. Hey all, i have bt 5 running as a guest on my macbook. I have ordered the alpha usb wireless adapter from the shop and it works with my linux box at home, or an install of bt 5 on a desktop machine. I have the extensions for virtualbox enabled and when i plug the usb adapter in, and do lsusb from the terminal in Backtrack, it shows up as Atheros ar9271 802.11.. so that seems cool. However, the light never lights up on the alpha and it does not show up under ifconfig. Even after i restart network services, it fails to show up. What might i be doing wrong? thanks
  5. Thanks for your reply. I still cannot seem to get the faked mac. i have even tried the random flag sudo macchanger -r wlan0 Permanent MAC: 00:c0:ca:6c:9a:06 (Alfa, Inc.) Current MAC: 00:11:22:44:55:33 (Cimsys Inc) New MAC: a6:37:0e:d8:63:cb (unknown)
  6. hey all, trying to set a temporary mac on wlan1. i have read a lot of tutorials regarding macchanger that seem pretty easy. However, i don't ever get the 'faked' mac. here is what happens i take that device down.. ifconfig wlan1 down.. then.. sudo macchanger --mac 00:11:22:33:44:55 wlan1 Permanent MAC: 00:c0:ca:6c:9a:06 (Alfa, Inc.) Current MAC: 00:c0:ca:6c:9a:06 (Alfa, Inc.) New MAC: 00:11:22:33:44:55 (Cimsys Inc) any ideas? thanks
  7. i am with you. I have a macbook air that i recently installed backtrack linux (into kubuntu 10.4) http://www.backbox.org/ Anyway, i am waiting on the hardware to arrive in the mail, only ordered a few days ago. This post is months after the last one in this thread, but do you care to share how things have been going? What tips you have have? I am using close to the exact same harware you are, and windows is not an option. (VMs, dual boot, and such are) thanks
  8. hey all, seems that backtrack is the distro of choice around here, i have an install of ubuntu 11.10 that is working great for me. I suppose my question is. Is there a reason to load bt (based on ubuntu) instead of an ubuntu install? I mean, are the tools in bt available in apt? thanks for any tips.
  9. Thanks for the great response, telot. I am curious ( as i am downloading the backtrack 5r3 now), with BT5r3 running in a VM, how do i set that up to give the VM control over the wifi device (either the one in the MBA or the alpha i have on order? . I am sure NAT will not work like that (but i could be wrong). What has been your experience? And thanks again for the great advice
  10. Thanks, i suppose, did not really answer everything. But it's ok, glad you are enjoying the new year. happy hacking !
  11. Hello all, Great Forum you have here. I am just getting started pen testing my own system and one where i work in IT. My current laptop is a macbook air 5,2 and i have managed to get it to dual boot between mac OSX and Ubuntu. Glad i have it working but don't know if it's ideal. I am ordering some toys from the website here, namely the pineapple and the alpha wireless. Which would be a more useful tool to operate and do pen testing with this hardware (macbook air, pineapple and alpha). Just OSX that comes with the macbook and install mac versions of wireshark, ssh, etc.. install something like backtrack linux in a virtual machine with VirtualBox, Or use a dual boot system? i suppose if i have access to the pineapple via ssh, and the web interface, it doesn't much matter whether i use OSX terminals or linux terminals. But for the alpha, i am not sure the best route. Linux on the macbook air seems to use battery twice as fast, not so bad, but still, the dual boot issue. A VM would be easier if i am usually in OSX, however, i don't know how to give the VM linux proper control of the hardware (alpha) to run the cool pen testing apps like the cool kids here do. i have a lot more experience with Linux (IT for 7 years) than i do with OSX, but OSX does seem to be pretty familiar in the shell, and runs nice on the laptop. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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