Revisiting the Raspberry Pi Zero WiFi Hacking Gadget

8 min readApr 4, 2021

Fun and adventure with the $10 Raspberry Pi

My “Go bag” with a Pi Zero, USB cable, and USB battery bank.

Why Are We Revisiting This?

The Raspberry Pi Zero is very flexible and can provide a lot of capabilities for the low end of the Raspberry Pi range. We’re going to look at adding more capabilities and what you actually get with them. This isn’t a “how to” guide for WiFi penetration testing, but we will look at those capabilities, and how to appropriately leverage the Pi Zero in different scenarios.

The article is informational. Do not break the law.

Requirements and Setup

To get the most out of this setup, you’ll need a Raspberry Pi Zero W ($10 at adafruit), a decent case (mine was $7 from Amazon), a sturdy micro USB cable (there are a lot of choices, but realistically this is around $6), and a USB battery bank (this Amazon bank is overkill, and is $22, shop around.) You’ll also need a Micro SD Card, I personally recommend the Samsung PRO Endurance for all Raspberry Pi projects, it’s $11 for 32 GB, more than enough space. On the high end this project comes out to $56, but I’m sure you have a cable hanging around and possibly a small USB battery bank. You can also find a case that doesn’t cost 70% the cost of the Pi, and use a cheaper SD Card. I just like nice things that last.




Cybersecurity architect. Security dev and researcher. Infosec nerd. Linux enthusiast. All opinions and views are my own. Polite, professional, prepared.