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  1. Hi, i'd like to give the pineapple a go and have been reading and watching quite a lot of hak5 / openwrt stuff but there are still a few things i can't get my head around. I almost don't have any wifi hardware at hand, so i'm gonna have to buy everything and I wouldn't want to get things wrong. I'm a total wifi noob, never used it (on purpose), but i'm quite fluent in linux so if the answer is in the range of “yes but you'll have to do that manually” it should be fine. I also do my fare share of hardware hacking. My setup will also have to deal with portability. 1- I understand something quite important is having an atheros chipset (any?) but i don't quite get why some setups show the AWUS036NHA (ar9271) added to an ap121u (ar9331).. Am I right to assume that it's only a matter of signal range (20dbm vs 30dbm for the NHA) or are there some protocol features only available on the NHA ar9271 chipset ? In other words can I do everything, pentesting wise, without an additional NHA ? 2- I was going for a tplink TL-MR3020 which is easily found in my area but the smaller 4mib flash size makes it necessary to use a usb stick to install the pineapple software so I decided to try and get the alfa ap121u. Are there any hidden goodies on the tplink that would make it more valuable, power consumption and so on.. 2b- should I consider other hardwares with atheros / 8Mib flash ? 3- One thing I really don't get with the alfa hardware is their rs232 flash header (for a clean flash / unbrick). Is it a proprietary protocol, making it mandatory to buy that quite expensive peace of junk.. sorry, interface ? Or can you manage your way around that with a regular pc serial port ? And maybe with some minor hardware setup ? 4- one last thing I know nothing about is antennas. If I don't get the additional nha device, is it still relevant to plug a better 9dbi antenna on the ap121u ? The tplink does not have an external antenna and that was also a hardware hack I was going to do, so the same question applies. I'm pretty sure some of those questions are quite basic and have been asked before, sorry about that, but I couldn't really figure out the AWUS036NHA question by looking at the specifications. thx
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