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Supported Packet Capture Adapters


MetaGeek Tonic supports packet capture in Windows with standard, off-the-shelf Wi-Fi adapters.

When using supported adapters for packet capture, providing a driver is not necessary. When the MetaGeek application launches and enters packet capture mode, a custom driver is swapped in by the MetaGeek application to enable packet capture. When the user session ends, the original driver is swapped back in (if available).

Mix and Match

While mixing adapters isn't considered best practice due to variations in adapter capabilities and sensitivity, MetaGeek software allows the mixing and matching of Wi-Fi adapters. This can be useful if you are trialing or evaluating MetaGeek products, and have a drawer full of adapters to choose from (we know a Wi-Fi engineer when we see one).

For production use, we recommend matching adapter models, primarily to ensure somewhat equal performance between adapters.

Note: When mixing adapters, you may need to restart the MetaGeek application when a new adapter model is added.

Supported Adapter List

Note: 802.11ax packet capture adapters are not currently available, but we will continue to look for an 802.11ax packet capture solution.

802.11ac, 3 Spatial Streams
Adapter Notes
Edimax EW-7833UAC Recommended
TP-Link Archer T9-UH v2 Recommended
ALFA Network AWUS1900  
D-Link DWA-192  
802.11ac, 2 Spatial Streams
Adapter Notes
Edimax EW-7822 UAC   
Comfast CF912-AC  
Ekahau SA-1 Survey Adapter  
Linksys WUSB6400M   
ASUS USB-AC53 Nano Not recommended
D-Link DWA-182 Revision C1  
Edimax EW-7822 ULC  
Edimax EW-7822 UTC  
EnGenius EUB1200AC  
Proxim ORiNOCO 9100  
TRENDnet TEW-805UB  
TP-LINK Archer T4U v2  
TP-LINK Archer T4UH v2  
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