News

October 16, 2018

Need help with AWUS036ACH and Kali?

If you own a Realtek RTL8812AU based product like Alfa AWUS036AC or AWUS036ACH and are having issues with Kali, we recommend you read our knowledge base articles that can help get you going.

Go to our help center and click on the category "Alfa AWUS036AC AWUS036ACH AWUS036EAC". Then click on the subcategory "Linux/Kali help".

There we have some great article including one showing how to install the item on Kali 2018.2

If you need additional help, we recommend posting in actual Linux or Kali forums as Linux is a community supported operating system. Our blog post comments are not regularly monitored. You can reach out to our support team with questions and feedback, but please note our support staff can only offer guidance on Linux related issues are not able to provide walkthroughs, step by step instructions, or guaranteed solutions for Linux use.

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June 07, 2018

New product: Alfa R36A USB-WiFi Router/Repeater for AWUS036NH/NEH

Many of you may be familiar with Alfa Network's groundbreaking R36 router from a few years back. This was the only router of its kind that allowed you to use an Alfa USB Wi-Fi adapter to extend range of a distant Wi-Fi signal and share it as your own private hotspot.

Alfa has released a new version of this router called R36A, which features internal enhancements offering users faster throughput speeds, better performance, and the ability to handle more users online at one time. It also has an overhauled 2-screen setup interface, reducing setup time and making the experience much easier.

It remains a 2.4 GHz product so as to have maximum power (dual band devices must have less power per FCC regulations).

Existing owners of an R36 should know before upgrading that R36A is compatible with AWUS036NH, AWUS036NEH, and Alfa Tube-U(N) USB Wi-Fi adapters. Older models AWUS036H and AWUS036NHR are not compatible with R36A.

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June 05, 2018

New product: Circular Polarized Helix Antenna 16 dBi signal extender for DJI Phantom 4/3

Checkout the newest addition to our drone antenna section, a dual band circular polarized helix antenna. Comparable antennas retail on drone specialty sites for over $100.00. Compare the specs to ours.

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June 01, 2018

Want faster throughput and a VPN service all in one? Get Speedify

If you have followed our blog for some time, you may recall us mentioning Connectify, a software tool that allows you to create a hotspot on your computer and share a Wi-Fi connection. Now the company that makes Connectify has does it again with Speedify.

Speedify is an exciting new service that allows you to bond more than one Internet connection together to increase your Internet speed. For example, if you are using one of our Alfa Wi-Fi USB extenders to get better signal to a network, and you are in a location where your built-in Wi-Fi card still works, you can bond the connections together and essentially use them both at the same time.

From the Speedify web site:

"...The technology behind Speedify’s connection magic is called Channel Bonding. We combine multiple Internet connections – Wi-Fi, cellular, ethernet, etc. – to provide increased bandwidth, lower latency, and better reliability."

Speedify also includes VPN service which helps encrypt and protect your data even when you are connected to an open Wi-Fi connection. Rokland strongly recommends VPN service to all users of Alfa R36A and Alfa WiFi Camp Pro Kit 2.

*Rokland is not affiliated with Speedify and is not receiving any compensation for this post. We are writing about it simply because it could be of great benefit to many of our customers.

Speedify does have a free plan for low-bandwidth users and monthly and annual plans for those who use more data. Read more here.

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May 16, 2018

Introducing the Rokland Knowledge Base (beta)

We are excited to announce the beta version of Rokland Knowledge Base, a comprehensive set of articles and troubleshooting guides related to Alfa Network products.

Rokland Knowledge Base is a searchable categorized collection of support documents for the products we sell. As always, our technical team is here to help by phone or email for any purchases you have made from us. But our knowledge base is a great resource for those that may own Alfa products but did not buy from us (meaning phone and email support is not available), or for those who may need assistance after hours or on weekends.

The articles are limited in number now but we will be adding more resources and materials each week.

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April 25, 2018

New product: 802.11n Wi-Fi USB adapter w/ RP-SMA port for Raspberry PI & Linux

Do you need Wi-Fi for your Pi? Our new 802.11n USB Wi-Fi dongle with RP-SMA port and detachable 2 dBi gain antenna is just what you need.

It is approved for the Raspberry Pi Model A, B, B+, Pi 2, and Pi Zero (ALL Models) and it supports packet injection for ethical hacking projects (aircrack, Wireshark).

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April 24, 2018

Using Alfa AWUS036NHA on Microsoft Windows 10

Alfa has not released a driver package for Alfa AWUS036NHA (Atheros AR9271 chipset) beyond Windows 7.

However it has come to our attention that AWUS036NHA can be stable on Windows 8 and 10 using this third party driver. This driver was made for a different brand product which uses the same AR9271 chipset. Note that after installing, the device will appear in Device Manager as "TP-LINK Wireless USB Adapter" instead of Atheros or Alfa. This is because TP-Link is associated with Microsoft as the Device Developer ID.

We have tested the driver extensively and it appears to work with the Alfa AWUS036NHA well. However it should be considered a beta driver until further notice.

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April 20, 2018

Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2: Third party video review

Manufacturers and merchants always say wonderful things about their products. But the true test of how well products actually perform is what people who use them say.

We found a video review of the Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 on YouTube this week, done by DamnGoodReviews.com. Note that Rokland did not solicit this review or provide hardware for it- we didn't even know about it until it was already published.

Check it out and let us know what you think of your Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 in the comments below. And don't forget to emails us your on-site pictures and videos of you using the kit- you may be featured on our homepage, Facebook, or Instagram feed!


More videos on Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2:

Hardware unboxing by DamnGoodReviews.com
Our own hardware and software video setup guide

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April 20, 2018

Now available: Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2


We are excited to announce the long awaited second version of the Alfa Wi-Fi Camp Pro kit series is available. Get your Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 now.

Rokland Technologies is your Alfa WiFi Camp Pro headquarters. Check out our first look video which demonstrates how to set up the hardware and how to configure the software.

Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 is a special kit shipping in one retail box that is designed to pick up a weak Wi-Fi signal and repeat it as your own personal hotspot inside your RV, home, or building. This is ideal for use on boats, RVs and campers, or larger properties.

Rokland Technologies is an authorized Alfa distributor and retailer. Whether you need technical support out of box, at a campground, or need warranty assistance down the road, we are here to help by phone or email. In the Gainesville area? Stop by and say hello to our staff.

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April 16, 2018

Using Alfa AWUS036H on Windows 10

Note that we do not advertise or promote the use of AWUS036H on Windows 10. We have better and faster options available for purchase such as the newer AWUS036NH and AWUS036ACH.

But if you already own an AWUS036H and find yourself wanting to use it on Windows 10, here is a quick way how to do it.

The last driver made for this item was December of 2009 for Windows 7. The installer package for Windows 7 does not work on Windows 8 or 10, it just says "incompatible operating system" when you try and run it. So you need to run it in Windows 7 compatibility mode.

Step 1: Download Win7 driver (http://www.rokland.com/mask/drivers/alfa/awus036h_windows_7.zip)

Step 2: Open the downloaded zip file and extract the contents to a place on your computer you can find.

Step 3: Navigate to where you extracted the contents. Right-click the Setup.exe program and select Properties. Click the Compatibility tab and under Compatibility mode choose "Windows 7" and make sure the "Run this program in compatibility mode" is checked. Then click Apply and exit the Properties window. This should bypass the compatibility error.

Step 4: Run the Setup.exe program in full and restart the PC when done.Connect your AWUS036H to the PC and use as normal.

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April 10, 2018

New Driver for Alfa AWUS1900 802.11ac USB adapter (also for AWUS036AC and AWUS036ACH)

In December 2017, Realtek released driver version 1030.25.701.2017 for Alfa AWUS1900. It was released in a Windows Update package so many of you may already be on this new driver if you have run Windows Update recently.

If you have not, then you can now directly download this driver package here. Once downloaded, open it and run the Setup.exe program inside.

Upon completion, you can check your Device Manager properties for this device (go to Device Manager > Network Adapters > right click this adapter and select Properties, then go to Driver tab) and make sure the driver date now shows 12/25/2017.

Adapters compatible with above driver update:

Alfa AWUS1900
Alfa AWUS036AC
Alfa AWUS036ACH
Alfa AWUS036EAC

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November 17, 2017

A Special Message About Our Redesign

It has been seven years since our last web site makeover. We loved our last design, and felt it withstood the test of time, but it lacked some important functionality.

At Rokland we never make changes just for the sake of it, there is always a good purpose. We know our visitors have become used to navigating our site, and the new design may throw some people off at first glance. Where did the categories section go, for example?...

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November 17, 2017

New product: Alfa AjoinT2 Data Connection Cable for Microsoft Surface Pro 2, 3, 4, Windows Tablets & Laptops

Alfa AjoinT2 is a versatile USB male to USB male data connection and docking cable for Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Surface Pro, and other Microsoft Windows laptops, desktops and tablets.

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November 09, 2017

New product: Alfa AWUS036ACS 802.11ac high speed dual band Wi-Fi USB Adapter

Now available for immediate purchase, Alfa AWUS036ACS combines high speed 802.11ac technology with an RP-SMA external antenna port at one low cost. It is a 600 Mbps Wi-Fi USB adapter compatible with Windows XP through Windows 10. It features a small profile with external RP-SMA antenna port and one dual-band mini detachable antenna.

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October 24, 2017

Security Alert: KRACK Attack Puts Wi-Fi Connections at Risk

If you use a Wi-Fi router for any reason, and most of you do, this news update is very important.

A serious new vulnerability called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks) was announced recently, likely impacting anyone who uses Wi-Fi. All Wi-Fi connection points and devices could be vulnerable—your local coffee shop, home, or workplace connection.

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September 21, 2017

Support for Hurricane Irma and Maria

These last weeks have brought devastation to South Florida and Puerto Rico. All of Puerto Rico remains without power and Internet. We thank those that are providing vital relief services.

In the coming weeks as these areas rebuild, in addition to donating funds, our team at Rokland would like to make our time available to the customers of our friends in South Florida and Puerto Rico.

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August 02, 2017

The Gadgeteer on Alfa AWUS1900: Light weight but powerful

The review is in- The Gadgeteer, a popular online gadget and tech site, has taken a first hand look at the Alfa AWUS1900 quad-antenna 802.11ac AC1900 Wi-Fi USB adapter, and you can read all of their comments here.



Since launching earlier this year, the Alfa AWUS1900 has turned heads with its unique look, and its unique place in the market as a low cost USB AC1900 upgrade. If you own an 802.11ac router, especially one with three or four antennas, in addition to getting better range, the AWUS1900 will also give you improved bandwidth capabilities back to your network compared to an internal Wi-Fi card built inside a laptop or desktop.

Related:

Alfa AWUS1900 File Transfer Test




We transferred a 1.69 GB file to a network storage devices both with Alfa AWUS1900 and with a conventional 802.11n Wi-Fi card inside our laptop using a Tenda AC1900 router. With the laptop card, it took 350 seconds. The same transfer with the Alfa AWUS1900 took just 70 seconds. That went 5 times faster with the Alfa AWUS1900.

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July 12, 2017

New Alfa Wi-Fi Camp Pro Kit firmware available

We have new firmware for the Alfa Wi-Fi Camp Pro, designed to help increase speed to specific model routers. Upgrading is recommended for anyone experiencing slower than desired throughput speeds.

To download the firmware file, click here. Please note this is not an executable file, so do not attempt to open in or launch it as a program after downloading like you would an application. Instead, watch this video guide showing you how to update firmware on the Alfa R36 console.

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June 28, 2017

July 4th Weeekend Special: Quad antenna 802.11ac Wi-Fi router just $49.97

Deal alert: Get Alfa's AC1200R 802.11ac Wi-Fi router for the low price of just $49.97 with free shipping.

AC1200R from Alfa Network, Inc. is a premium high-end 1200 Mbps 802.11ac Wi-Fi router featuring four high gain dual band RP-SMA antennas.

With four integrated gigabit LAN ports, you can easily connect SmartTVs, game consoles, or additional computers by cable or existing powerline Ethernet bridge systems.

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June 22, 2017

New product: Alfa AWUS036ACM 802.11ac dual band Wi-Fi USB adapter

Now in stock is Alfa AWUS036ACM, a dual band, dual detachable antenna, 802.11ac Wi-Fi USB adapter. It is similar to Alfa AWUS036AC but has the Mediatek MT7621U chipset.

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June 14, 2017

Directional antenna choices for Alfa WiFi Camp Pro kit

Alfa’s WiFi Camp Pro kit has taken over as our number one selling Alfa Network product this summer. People often ask us about directional antenna options for this kit. It comes with an omni directional antenna, and many of our buyers also want to get a directional antenna for those times when they need an extra boost (click here to read about directional vs. omni directional antennas).

Our 10 dBi directional panel antenna is one excellent option. It’s light weight and low profile make it a great choice for use with the Camp Pro kit. It’s antenna connector is located on the bottom side of the antenna (instead of the rear side like most panel antennas) meaning you can easily connect it directly to the Tube receiver of the Camp Pro kit without needing any type of L-connector to change orientation.


Another great choice is our 16 dBi Yagi antenna. This will get you the most distance in any direction and is also the most bang for your buck in terms of gain. It has an RP-SMA connector, so you will need this barrel converter here in order to connect it to the Camp Pro Tube.

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May 11, 2017

Alfa AWUS036ACH packet injection now supported in Kali 2017.1 release

Kali Linux recently announced that packet injection is now supported in release 2017.1 for the Realtek RTL8812AU 802.11ac chipset, which is found in Alfa USB Wi-Fi models AWUS036ACH, AWUS036AC, and AWUS036EAC. According to their web site:

"A while back, we received a feature request asking for the inclusion of drivers for RTL8812AU wireless chipsets. These drivers are not part of the standard Linux kernel, and have been modified to allow for injection. Why is this a big deal? This chipset supports 802.11 AC, making this one of the first drivers to bring injection-related wireless attacks to this standard, and with companies such as ALFA making the AWUS036ACH wireless cards, we expect this card to be an arsenal favourite."

This announcement is extremely awesome in that it makes these products the first 802.11ac USB products capable of injecting in Kali Linux. Pick up yours today for a low price. Need Linux technical support? Visit our support page for details on what type of help our company can provide for Linux users.


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May 05, 2017

Introducing $10.00 guaranteed 1-2 business day shipping service to Florida/Georgia

Small package orders (0-10 lbs) can now arrive to our Florida & Georgia customers in just 1-2 business days guaranteed with our new $10.00 flat rate Florida/Georgia 1-2 Day Guaranteed service. This is only valid for street addresses in Florida and Georgia, and cannot be used with PO Boxes. PO Box orders will have other shipping choices.

How it works

Qualifying orders will see the $10.00 flat rate option during checkout when choosing a shipping choice. As always, all of our items ship for free with our default economy shipping option. But for buyers in Florida and Georgia who wish to receive shipments in 1-2 business days, this $10.00 flat option will be an available upgrade.

Cutoff time

Orders must be placed by 12 noon EST to be guaranteed to ship out the same day. If you need your order by Wednesday, place it before 12 noon EST Monday. Orders placed Monday afternoon may not ship until Tuesday and then would be guaranteed to arrive by Thursday.

Will it arrive in 1 or 2 days?

Our warehouse is located in Gainesville, FL. Orders shipping to all of north, central, and south Florida, and south Georgia, will arrive in one business day. Orders shipping to the panhandle and also central and north Georgia will arrive in two business days. See this map for guidance.


What exactly is the "guarantee"?

The guarantee is that UPS will make a delivery attempt within 1-2 business days after the date of shipment. Orders must be placed by our 12 noon EST cutoff to ship out the same day. Orders that qualify for the guarantee and the delivery attempt is not made will have the $10.00 shipping charge refunded.

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January 31, 2017

Security in an insecure world: what is a VPN service, and which one is best?

Here is a question our techs often get asked:

If I connect to a Wi-Fi network that does not have a password, is there any way to still ensure my connection is secure?

If this already sounds like Greek to you, what we are talking about is connecting your computer or tablet to a Wi-Fi network in a public place. Some places like hotels may have a password or encryption key for you to gain secure access to their network. Other places, like many RV parks, have "open" networks. These networks are not encrypted or password protected. When joining them, in Windows 8 and 10 you may even get a warning message telling you that data you send over the connection could be accessed by others.

If you want to have extra protection on both secured and open networks, the best way to do this is with a VPN service.

But there are so many available (some pay, some free), how do you know which one is best? Check out this PC Magazine article which goes into more detail about what VPN services do, and which one may be the best for your needs.

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