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November 13, 2019

Safe shopping 101: How to spot a fake E-commerce site

With fake e-commerce web sites popping up everywhere, we take a look at how smart shoppers can safely navigate the ecommerce world and still get good deals.

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November 08, 2019

A new shipping cutoff time and expanded FedEx 2 Day service

The holiday season is about to kick into full gear, and here at Rokland we are doing some things to improve your shopping experience, including our new 5PM EST cutoff time for getting packages out the door the same day, as well as expanded FedEx low cost 2-day shipping. 

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October 24, 2019

New product: Alfa AOA-M4G 4G LTE/WiFi Omni-Directional Outdoor Antenna

This month we introduce Alfa AOA-M4G, a crossover 4G LTE & Wi-Fi antenna. With a gain of 6 dBi, an N-female connector, and compatibilty with both 4G and WiFi bands, this antenna is a great choice for enterprise class clients. 

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October 09, 2019

Mac OS 10.15 Catalina support for Alfa AWUS036AC, AWUS036ACH, AWUS1900

Alfa Network, Inc. has released an updated driver package for Mac OS 10.15 Catalina which supports models AWUS036AC, AWUS036ACH, AWUS036EAC, and AWUS1900

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October 04, 2019

WPA3 security support now available for AWUS036AC, AWUS036ACH, AWUS1900

Alfa Network Inc. has announced in September 2019 WPA3 driver support for Alfa AWUS036EAC, AWUS036AC, AWUS036ACH, and AWUS1900 model WiFi USB adapters.

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September 20, 2019

News: Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 Headquarters section is live, Camp Pro 2 Mini ships free FedEx 2 Day

Check out our new Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 Headquarters section for the latest antenna upgrades and accessories for your Alfa camp system. Don't forget the new Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 Mini version ships with free FedEx 2 business day service anywhere in the 48 US States.

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September 12, 2019

Video Guide: how to set up Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2/Mini on an Android cell phone

See out latest how-to video on YouTube- setting up an Alfa Wi-Fi Camp Pro 2 or Camp Pro 2 Mini on an Android phone.

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September 02, 2019

Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 firmware version 1.20 fixes Captive Portal issues

If you are at a camp ground where the network does not have a password when you connect to it, but instead are redirected in your browser to a sign in page with a password box and/or license terms to accept, this is called a captive portal network. Alfa firmware update 1.20 helps resolve issues with many captive portal networks.

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August 31, 2019

Updated 9/3: Hurricane Dorian- what we are doing to help you get your orders

We are fortunate that it appears Dorian will not have a direct hit on Florida. We are still under tropical storm advisory conditions for Wednesday, 9/4. FedEx suspended Air services today, 9/3, and they may be suspended 9/4 also. We will reach out to affected customers about the delay if service is not resumed on 9/4. 

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August 23, 2019

Sharing a WiFi connection with Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile Hotspot feature

Easily share a Wi-Fi connection being received on your computer by an Alfa USB Wi-Fi booster with other devices as your own private hotspot with the new Mobile Hotspot feature (Microsoft Windows 10 PC with Anniversary Update applied required).

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August 14, 2019

New Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities require patching

If you use Microsoft Windows Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, or all versions of Windows 10, including server versions, read this article here for crucial information about updating due to newly discovered security vulnerabilities.

Running Windows update can seem time consuming and unproductive, but making sure your system is secure will save you a headache down the road and help keep your data safe. 

 

 

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July 30, 2019

Alfa AWUS036AC and AWUS036ACH models support 5 GHz DFS channels

If you are in the market for a dual band Wi-Fi USB adapter that supports DFS channels on the 5 GHz band, the AWUS036AC and AWUS036ACH models from Alfa are great choices.

These models do receive on 5 Ghz DFS channels and not all dual band products do.

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July 17, 2019

Now available: Alfa APA-L2458M912 12 dBi gain 2.4/5 GHz WiFi directional panel antenna

APA-L2458M912 is a 12dBi 2.4/5 GHz dual band directional outdoor panel antenna with 2x N-female connectors. It is a great way to boost your WiFi signal over a long distance when using with a compatible dual band wireless receiver like Alfa AWUS036ACH.

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July 17, 2019

Now available: Alfa ID36ACH high power industrial grade 802.11ac USB client

Alfa ID36ACH is a high power 802.11ac compliant USB 3.0 Wi-Fi receiver/client with industrial grade casing. It is designed for use in industrial, military, and commercial environments, with a heavy duty heat dissipating case made out of the same material used in aircraft manufacturing. It is designed to connect to one specific computer and boosts just the range of that PC.

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May 28, 2019

How to install AWUS036ACH and AWUS1900 on Kali Linux 2019.2 w/ monitor mode

In our latest video guide, see how to install Alfa AWUS036ACH or AWUS1900 on Kali Linux 2019.2 with monitor mode & injection support.

This also works for AWUS036AC.




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May 23, 2019

Camp Pro 2/R36A Captive Portal Workaround

From time to time you may encounter a campground Wi-Fi network that does not use traditional encryption where you enter a password/passkey at the time of connection. Instead, the campground may be using a captive portal login system, where the network is technically open (no password protection), but once you connect and try to go to a web page, you get redirected to a screen where you have to accept a Terms of Service, enter a password, or do both.

Usually with the Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2/Camp Pro 2 Mini and R36A router, you simply will not see the "hotspot password" field during setup and will proceed to complete setup as if it were an open network. When finished, if you try to go to a web page you will be redirected to the campground's captive portal page to sign in.

But because captive portals are not standardized technology, at some parks this may not happen, and you may be able to see a Connected status on the Camp Pro status page, but you won't be able to get redirected to the captive portal sign in page and thus no web pages will load.

A new workaround to this is to use the R36A router's MAC ID cloning feature. 

The first step in this process is to connect one of your devices, such as your laptop or tablet, directly to the campground network and sign in via the captive portal page. Once signed in, you will need to obtain the MAC ID, aka MAC address of your device. MAC means Media Access Control, and is not related to Apple Mac computers FYI. 

Determining your device's MAC ID may involve Google. Here is how to find it on some more common devices:

1. Samsung Galaxy/Android: Settings > About Phone > Status > WiFi Address
2. Microsoft Windows 10
3.Apple iPhone 10 > Settings > General > About > WiFi Address

MAC IDs consist of letters and numbers with a colon between every two characters, such as 12:1A:12:A1:A0:12 (this is just an example, do not try to use this one), and in order for this feature to work, you must enter the MAC ID correctly during the R36A setup. Therefore we recommend making a screenshot or writing it down and double-checking it. Even one wrong character means this solution will fail.

Once you have the MAC ID of your device, login to your R36A setup area and go through Easy Setup as normal. After you have selected the network and are on the final page of setup, enter the MAC ID where it says "Clone Mac address". 



Then complete setup. The campground should recognize the R36A and grant it immediate Internet access without you needing to go to the captive portal page. This can also be a useful feature if your park network restricts the total number of devices you can connect to their network- with MAC cloning, the R36A does not count against your device limit.


If you encounter any problems, repeat the setup process and remove the MAC ID you entered from the Clone MAC address field and complete setup. This will cause the R36A to join the campground network again with its own MAC address as normal. If problems continue, engage a factory reset per the instructions.

Summary: MAC address cloning on R36A will help you get around captive portal network login issues. First you must connect a device like a laptop or cell phone to the campground WiFi network and signin at the captive portal page. Then locate that device's MAC address, and enter it during R36A setup in the Clone Mac Address field. The process will not work if you mistype the MAC address, or if you are using the MAC address of a device that has not successfully joined the campground network already.

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May 23, 2019

Introducing the Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 Mini long range Wi-Fi repeater kit

We are excited to announce the launch of the Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 Mini, from Alfa Network, Inc.

The Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 Mini works just like the full size Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2, but with smaller pieces designed for indoor use or smaller spaces.

It includes the same R36A USB Wi-Fi router that is in the Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2, but instead of the larger outdoor USB tube and antenna, it includes an indoor USB receiver (model AWUS036NH) and a smaller 5 dBi antenna.

Use inside RVs near a window if you don't want to mount an outdoor antenna on the outside of the RV. Use on small covered decks at apartment complexes where the HOA rules may prohibit the installation of larger outdoor WiFi antennas. Or take it with you in a laptop travel bag and use in a hotel or on the road.

While you can also buy the R36A and AWUS036NH SKUs separate, the Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 Mini includes two additional accessories not in the individual SKUs. The first is the suction cup and clip mount which lets you fasten it to a window. The second is a 10ft USB cable. This longer USB cable allows for placement of the AWUS036NH further away from the R36A router and higher up off the ground where it can get better range.

Having the AWUS036NH and R36A too close together causes interference and limits performance. With this longer cable, you can change the location of the AWUS036NH easier and get better performance.


Summary: Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 mini has a similar purpose as full size Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2, smaller form factor, for indoor or portable use.

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May 17, 2019

Rokland Technologies will not be raising prices due to China Tariffs

As of July 2019, every product imported into the USA from China will face up to 25% in tariffs, including electronics and Wi-Fi items. This is due to President Trump's announcement of new tariffs on 200 billion dollars more in Chinese imports. This fourth round of tariffs means every product imported from China will cost more.

Some companies including Walmart and Macys have announced that prices will be going up as a result, because many of their items are made in China,

Prices on our Alfa Network Wi-Fi products will not be increasing, because Alfa products are made in Taiwan and not subject to these tariffs. Taiwan companies tend to use better quality control mechanisms and pay better wages to workers too. Keep these facts in mind when deciding between Alfa products and other WiFi products that are made in China. 

In the coming years we will also be partnering with Alfa to manufacture some items right here in the USA. Our distribution operation is already based here in Florida and more jobs are on the way.

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April 26, 2019

Introducing Amazon Pay

Effective today, in addition to normal credit card transactions, you can now checkout on our site with Amazon Pay!


Amazon Pay allows you to securely sign in to Amazon and complete checkout using addresses and credit cards you already have on file in your Amazon account.

Safe- your credit card details are never shared with retailers when you use Amazon pay, so you can rest comfortably knowing your information is safe.

Convenient- if you shop online at 1AM like we do, the last thing you want to do is run across the house to find your wallet and then have to type out all your address information amongst the faint glimmer of the TV. Amazon Pay lets you complete your purchase quickly without having to type out tedious address and credit card information.

We also offer PayPal checkout, and as always, you can make normal credit card payments too.

Note that PayPal is hitting merchants with yet another rate hike on November 1, 2019, that makes it more expensive for merchants to accept PayPal. After surveying our buyers, we have added Amazon Pay and may decide to phase out PayPal checkout in the future. If you like using PayPal checkout, we recommend contacting PayPal support to let them know that payment processor rate hikes lead to fewer payment choices and more expensive product prices.

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April 25, 2019

Alfa WiFi Camp Pro/R36A Connection Problems 101: Making sure your WiFi password is correct

We've all been there. "Yes, the password is correct, I KNOW IT, I have only been entering it for the last five years....oh wait, whoops."

Our tech team tracks solutions for customer support calls, and believe it or not, an incorrect network password is the #2 reason for calls and emails. If you are setting up your Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 or R36A router at home, you get a good strong signal to your home network, but EVERYTIME you go through setup it completes and shows a disconnected status, it may be time to double-check your password.

Fortunately this is very easy to do if you have a Windows 10 PC. 
First, remove any Ethernet cable going between your computer and the Camp Pro 2 or R36A router. Then connect your Windows 10 PC Wi-Fi to your home network. Once you are connected, follow these steps (with screenshots) from our friends at Plannerwire to see on the screen what your network password is. This can be helpful in remembering if there are any capital letters in your password (WiFi passwords are case sensitive), if that round character is a zero or an O, if that's an l or a 1, or if those people who installed your new router simply wrote it down wrong. Click this link to see instructions:



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April 16, 2019

Introducing $8 FedEx 2-Business Day Express Saver Shipping on light items

We are pleased to announce the availability of $8.00 FedEx 2 Business Day Express Saver service ($6 to Florida and Georgia) on many of our lighter items (up to 2 lbs). This service is available in the 48 continental United States. 

If the service is eligible on your order, it will be listed as an option during checkout. If you do not see it available, this indicates your shipment is too large or heavy to qualify or you are not in the 48 US states.

As always, all items on our web site qualify for free standard shipping and the free shipping option will be available for all US orders during checkout. 

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April 16, 2019

New firmware release Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2

We have a new firmware release for Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2. Read the firmware update instructions here.

Click here to download firmware file.

This package includes a fix for a connection issue with one type of special WiFi router used in some campgrounds.

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April 11, 2019

Coming soon: Alfa ID36ACH 802.11ac AC1200 Industrial USB Antenna

Coming soon at Rokland, Alfa ID36ACH 802.11ac AC1200 Industrial USB Antenna with dual N-female antenna connectors. Pair with Alfa AOA-2458-59-TM.





ID36ACH  
802.11ac AC1200 Industrial USB Antenna 
High Quality N Female Antenna Connector
USB 3.0 Micro B Connector
High-Speed 802.11ac
867Mbps@5GHz
300Mbps@2.4GHz
Detachable RF-connector
Universal N female connector
allow to exchange to any
preferred antenna 
Copyright @ ALFA NETWORK Inc. All Rights Reserved  *specifications may change at any time without prior notice
Contact us: sales@alfa.com.tw    
Website: www.alfa.com.tw
Heavy Duty Industrial Design
Die casting enclosure for better
temperature control  with
Din Rail mount 
Industrial Temperature range  
Support temperature range
-40℃ to 70℃
ID36ACH    802.11ac AC1200 Industrial USB Antenna
Specifications
Chipset  RTL8812AU
Working
Standard IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
5.15GHz – 5.825GHz
Output
Frequency
2.412GHz – 2.472GHz
Data-Rate
802.11b: up to 11Mbps
802.11g: up to 54Mbps
802.11n: up to 300Mbps
802.11ac: up to 867Mbps 
Antenna
External detachable dual-band
Antenna
Connector
Channel
Width
antenna
Security
N female
Copyright @ ALFA NETWORK Inc. All Rights Reserved  *specifications may change at any time without prior notice
Channel
1-14 (2.4GHz)
36-165 (5GHz)
Power
(Typical)
30dBm@2.4GHz
27dBm@5GHz
Sensitivity
802.11b: -88dBm@11Mbps
 
20 / 40 / 80MHz
Operating
LED Indicators Power / WLAN
OS Support
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8,
10
Mac OS X 10.7 or up
Linux
Suggest Antenna:
AOA-2458-59TM
Dual-Band 2.4GHz +5GHz Omni Antenna
5dBi @ 2.4GHz
9dBi @ 5GHz
Contact us: sales@alfa.com.tw    
Website: www.alfa.com.tw
802.11g: -76dBm@54Mbps
802.11n: -70dBm@300Mbps
802.11ac: -54dBm@867Mbps
64/128bit WEP
WPA (TKIP with IEEE 802.1x)
WPA2 (AES with IEEE 802.1x)
WPA Mixed
Temperature
-40°C ~ 70°C
Storage
Humidity
5% ~ 98% (Non-condensing)
Dimension  125 x 102 x 34 mm
Weight 680g

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