TP-Link TL-WN722N v3 monitor mode for use with Kali Linux



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
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"
# 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
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


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.


  1. after is did the : echo “blacklist r8188eu” > “/etc/modprobe.d/realtek.conf”. and started ‘make’ this happened:
    └─$ sudo make
    make ARCH=x86_64 CROSS_COMPILE= -C /lib/modules/5.15.0-kali3-amd64/build M=/home/voldemort/rtl8188eus modules
    make[1]: *** /lib/modules/5.15.0-kali3-amd64/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
    make: *** [Makefile:2058: modules] Error 2

    pls help me

      1. sudo apt-get install linux-headers-5.15.0-kali3-amd64
        Reading package lists… Done
        Building dependency tree… Done
        Reading state information… Done
        E: Unable to locate package linux-headers-5.15.0-kali3-amd64
        E: Couldn’t find any package by glob ‘linux-headers-5.15.0-kali3-amd64’
        E: Couldn’t find any package by regex ‘linux-headers-5.15.0-kali3-amd64’

        it is unable to find the header

          1. Hello everyone and good day! At the expense of switching to monitor mode WiFi adapter Tp-link 722n rev 2/3. As a beginner, I suffered for a long time to install the driver, the Linux kernels, drivers change, and the monitor cannot be installed quickly, in order to save nerves for kind people, I made a ready-made iso with the monitor driver already included (live usb) took an image from my clean system. You can take it on my YouTube channel, all the best!

  2. after step 14..
    ifconfig wlan0 down
    wlan0: ERROR while getting interface flags:no such devices
    tried running iwconfig , no more wlan 0

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