Unfortunately TP-Link decided to change the chip in the v3 version of the TL-WN722N that doesn’t support monitor mode out of the box. I came accross a method to enable monitor mode on the v3.
Installing the correct drivers for monitoring mode
First we need to remove the current drivers, clone the modified drivers from GitHub and make sure the correct drivers are loaded on bootup. Follow the commands below:
# Update apt. sudo apt update # Install bc. sudo apt install bc # Remove the old kernel drivers. sudo rmmod r8188eu.ko # git clone the new drivers. git clone https://github.com/aircrack-ng/rtl8188eus cd rtl8188eus sudo -i # Blacklist the old drivers to make sure they don't get installed again. echo "blacklist r8188eu" > "/etc/modprobe.d/realtek.conf" exit # If you get this error: lib/modules/5.15.0-kali3-amd64/build: No such file or directory. Install the Linux Headers sudo apt-get install linux-headers-5.15.0-kali3-amd64 make sudo make install sudo modprobe 8188eu
Checking monitor mode
After the correct drivers are installed we can enable monitor mode and check the status.
ifconfig wlan0 down airmon-ng check kill iwconfig wlan0 mode monitor ifconfig wlan0 up iwconfig
The TP-Link TL-WN722N v3 is a great WiFi adapter for use with Kali Linux with these modified drivers. The dongle is easy to use and cheap to buy.
Always make sure you got explicit permission from the owner of the target that you are testing the WiFi Linux tools on. Not having explicit permissions can get you into serious trouble. Only use these guides for learning purposes and to improve your security.