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I have bought an Alfa AWUS036NH and I think I have set it up properly but when I type ifconfig while running Kali Linux, there is no device showing an IPv4 address.

Output:

eth0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        inet 10.0.2.15  netmask 255.255.255.0  broadcast 10.0.2.255
        inet6 fe80::a00:27ff:fef0:7ead  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
        ether 08:00:27:f0:7e:ad  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 2057987  bytes 1965468395 (1.8 GiB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 743272  bytes 114166643 (108.8 MiB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING>  mtu 65536
        inet 127.0.0.1  netmask 255.0.0.0
        inet6 ::1  prefixlen 128  scopeid 0x10<host>
        loop  txqueuelen 1000  (Local Loopback)
        RX packets 1198257  bytes 1736573576 (1.6 GiB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 1198257  bytes 1736573576 (1.6 GiB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

wlan0mon: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        unspec 00-11-22-33-44-55-30-3A-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00  txqueuelen 1000  (UNSPEC)
        RX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

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    You need to add more details to get helped. What are you trying to do? Wifi connection? Dhcp addres? - The way you have posted it seems that you don't even have a problem since you DO have an ip address on your eth0 inteface. Come back with more information about what you are trying to do and what is your problem so we can help you :) – user34720 Mar 22 at 16:46
  • I see this question is being used as a dupe target. Even though this question lacks sufficient detail about how the network device was placed in monitoring mode, this seems to be a common issue for Kali users. The are answers to unix.stackexchange.com/q/541775/22812 could go here. – Anthony G - justice for Monica Sep 16 at 10:43
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From your ifconfig output:

wlan0mon: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
    unspec 00-11-22-33-44-55-30-3A-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00  txqueuelen 1000  (UNSPEC)
    RX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
    RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
    TX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
    TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

Assuming that wlan0 is your AWUS036NH, you've got it set up in monitor mode. An interface in monitor mode is essentially an outside observer: it reports on all network packets it sees, but isn't part of any network, and so doesn't have an IP address.

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