January 31, 2023

LoRaWAN: difference between SX1262 and SX1276

SX1262 is an ideal choice for low power applications that require long-range wireless data transmission. It supports a maximum data rate of 300 kbps over distances of up to 15 km. It also features a low power consumption of 6 mA, a high sensitivity of -148 dBm and configurable preamble length. Its working frequency range is 150~960MHz, and it can transmit at up to 22 dBm.

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January 30, 2023

What is Arduino?

The Arduino project began in 2005 as a tool for students at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy, aiming to provide a low-cost and easy way for novices to create devices that interact with their environment using sensors and actuators. In 2005, building upon the work of Hernando Barragán (creator of Wiring), Massimo Banzi and David Cuartielles created Arduino, an easy-to-use programmable microcontroller board.

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January 25, 2023

WiFi 6E USB adapters are coming, why does that matter?

WiFi 6E provides the fastest and most stable WiFi experience yet. WiFi 6 does not mean 6 GHz. To receive 6 Ghz signals, you must have a WiFi 6E product. Your WiFi router and receiving card must be WiFi 6E. WiFi 6E products are backward compatible with previous WiFi standards but performance will be limited to the specs of those previous standards...

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January 19, 2023

How to verify antenna gain

A common question to our support team is "how do I verify my antenna is really X dBi gain?" Gain inflation is rampant online (see related article), and because the gain of an antenna varies based on frequency, advertised gain may be true but misleading. Read more...

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January 15, 2023

Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Solana Phone...

The Solana Saga Phone is a flagship Android mobile phone developed by Solana Mobile, a subsidiary of Solana Labs. With the Solana Saga Phone, developers can create a wide range of projects, such as wallets, digital asset exchanges, decentralized applications, and blockchain-enabled solutions.

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January 15, 2023

An update on Helium Mobile

Helium Mobile is set to launch in beta early this year and the launch party is coming up soon in Miami on January 25th. Those on the waitlist will gain exclusive access to service updates and beta opportunities. If you haven't joined the waitlist yet, click to join now.

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January 04, 2023

Rokland has the lowest coaxial cable prices online!

We are so confident we have the cheapest coaxial cable online for your Helium or WiFi project that we will beat any competitor. If you find a better price for comparable length, contact us for a price match

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December 30, 2022

A Helium User's Guide to ChirpStack

ChirpStack is an open-source LoRaWAN Network Server. It allows you to manage your LoRaWAN network and devices in a centralized way.

With ChirpStack, you can:
- Manage your LoRaWAN network in a centralized way
- Add, remove and update devices on the network
- Monitor the performance of your devices and network
- View detailed device logs

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December 04, 2022

Why ALFA Network products? Taiwan manufacturing vs. China for Electronic Radios

When it comes to manufacturing electronic radios, there is a difference between Taiwan and China. Many low-cost WiFi adapters, routers, and other products found on Amazon are made in China. ALFA Network products are made in Taiwan. What are the differences?

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December 02, 2022

We are closing our sister site

But don't worry, we aren't going anywhere! Earlier in 2022, we launched with the goal of creating a separate web site for Helium miner sales. Given our main site offers so many different technology products, ROKSPOTS was our way of focusing a site entirely on Helium miners...

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December 02, 2022

New product: Rokland Wave Antenna 896-970MHz 3.5 dBi Gain 220mm (8.6 inch) Straight Whip

This versatile antenna can meet the demands of nearly any radio operator.  Being one of the most popular form factors for vehicles, this antenna was designed to be durable, resilient, and sleek, making it our number one choice for mobile vehicles. 

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November 15, 2022

An update on our Helium compatible products

In March of 2021, we began manufacturing some of the best reviewed Helium compatible antennas, and as the Helium network grew, so did we. The Helium IoT project was an exciting one that remains strong today. But rewards are down, and the network growth is slowing rapidly...

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October 26, 2022

Join the Helium Mobile 5G waitlist!

You've seen our video announcing the Helium 5G partnership with T-Mobile, which forms a new carrier called Helium Mobile, but what next?

Join the Helium Mobile waitlist

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October 14, 2022

Testing Antennas & Bandpass Filters: How Long to Wait

If you are adding a bandpass filter and/or an antenna upgrade to your Helium LoRa miner, of course you are doing so to earn more HNT over time. We often get feedback, positive and negative, as little as 24 hours after a new bandpass filter or antenna is installed. A 24 hour test is too short. Instead, we suggest 5 days. Read more...

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October 13, 2022

New product: ALFA AHMC7292S is world's first WiFi HaLow™ mini PCIe module

The AHMC7292S module series allows building long range, ultra-low power WiFi networks in sub 1 GHz license-exempt bands. WiFi HaLow™ enables connectivity for many applications, including sensors and wearables.

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September 27, 2022

New product: RAK WisGate Edge Lite 2

WisGate Edge Lite 2’s software based on OpenWRT with the legacy packet forwarder, Built-In Network Server, Basics Station and a Graphical User Interface, makes management and configuration easy, reliable, and quick while giving users the option to customize to their liking. WisGate Edge Lite 2 is suitable for small and medium-sized industry applications.

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September 20, 2022

Nova Labs (Helium) Signs Agreement with T-Mobile & Plans Launch of Helium Mobile- World’s First Crypto-Powered Mobile Service

The world’s first crypto-powered mobile service was announced today, called Helium Mobile. Making use of existing and soon-to-be-deployed Helium 5G hotspots, the network will truly be by the people and for the people, with crypto rewards given to both network builders, and network users. Read more...

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September 16, 2022

Kali 2022 Linux Install Video for ALFA AWUS036ACH, AWUS036AC, AWUS036EAC (plus bonus monitor mode video)

For the new Kali 2022 linux release, we have a new video on our YouTube channel showing how to install the ALFA AWUS036ACH, AWUS036AC, and other Realtek RTL8812AU based chip products.

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September 15, 2022

The State of Rokland. Come Read.

At Rokland, our focus is on innovating. The way we do that is fairly simple. We find the best new tech products focused on development- ones you can't find in your local big box stores- and we bring them to you. And when they don't exist, we work with our chain of developers, designers, and factories to make them. Click to learn more about our growth this past year, and what we have planned for the years ahead...

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September 12, 2022

5G CBRS Amplifiers for Helium 5G devices & FreedomFi CBRS gateways?

This week's mailbag question is one we get in chat and via email here and there. 

Is there anything I can do to increase the broadcasting/transmitting range of my FreedomFi 5G setup so I can cover more area around me? 

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August 30, 2022

How to Disable a Raspberry Pi's Onboard Wireless Adapter

Switching back and forth between wireless adapters is pretty straight forward in the Desktop environment of a Raspberry Pi, but what if you need the Pi to stay connected to your ALFA adapter and it keeps connecting to the onboard adapter? It can be infuriating when your system does not have a display or remote access. In this article we will share a couple techniques to help ease this annoyance. 

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August 25, 2022

Useful Tool: Daily Average HNT Earnings

This tool from shows the daily network average for HNT earnings. Tell whether rewards as a whole are going up or down. And remember, pay attention to the HNT value earned. Dollar values fluctuate. 1 HNT today could be worth twice the current dollar amount or more in several months if the crypto markets rebound.

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August 25, 2022

Everything you need to know about FreedomFi 5G CBRS & LoRa Antennas

It's #CellularSummer and the Helium 5G craze is upon us. More than 1,000 FreedomFi 5G hotspots have come online in the last 30 days alone. Whether you own a FreedomFi Gateway with CBRS small cell antenna or are thinking about getting one, we have you covered.

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August 24, 2022

Meshtastic Radio Antennas & Cables: What You Need to Know

If you are looking to extend an antenna away from your Meshtastic device, you will need a compatible cable and antenna. Any of our 915 Mhz antennas will work for you, however we don't currently have compatible cables.

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