News

May 20, 2022

What is the difference between a Wi-Fi antenna & a Helium antenna?

Helium and other IoT networks are actually a form of Wi-Fi, but the term Wi-Fi is more commonly used to describe short range communication between our computers and phones, and a nearby WiFi router such as one in our home, office, or local coffee shop. In this post, we highlight the key differences you need to know about when shopping for a compatible antenna. 

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May 16, 2022

Introducing Rokland MISSION Series Enterprise Class Antennas

Rokland Helium-compatible antennas have won accolades for having top performance in the industry. But we've decided not to rest. Instead we've been on a mission to perfect the outdoor IoT antenna. Introducing, the Rokland MISSION series heavy duty enterprise class antennas. Read more here.

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May 13, 2022

HNT earnings dropping? Here's what you can do...

If you are part of the Helium revolution, you may have seen a drop in HNT and real dollar amount earnings in recent months. You are not alone. There are multiple factors impacting the price of HNT, and your share of HNT from mining. Here are some options available to you.

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May 10, 2022

The Best Antenna for Helium and HNT in 2022

We see this question in our live chats every day. It's been a year since the Helium craze began, and the fact is- the best antenna for your setup may not be the same antenna that was best for you one year ago when the network was less populated. If you have an outdoor setup, changing antennas is not difficult and our staff can help.

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May 04, 2022

Camp Pro 3 Hardware and Software Installation Video Guides are now live!

The ALFA WiFi Camp Pro 3 is the latest in the ALFA WiFi Camp Pro series.

It features dual band technology capable of connecting to both 2.4 & 5 GHz WiFi networks. It connects to a weak WiFi signal, boosts it, and shares it as your own private WiFi signal inside your RV or cabin. Perfect for campgrounds that offer free WiFi.

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May 03, 2022

ROKSPOTS by Rokland Technologies: offering US915 Helium Miners (PLUS options for EU868 & AU915)

ROKSPOTS.com is a new web site created by the team at Rokland Technologies, dedicated solely to Helium and IoT hotspots.

Our goal and reason for launching ROKSPOTS is to offer a site dedicated to hotspot sales and information. Launched in May of 2022, ROKSPOTS currently offers traditional Helium hotspots and will offer new light hotspots as they become available.

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April 06, 2022

Understanding the range/speed boosting capabilities (and limits) of the ALFA WiFi Camp Pro 3

The ALFA WiFi Camp Pro 3 dual band WiFi extension system offers improved speed vs. its predecessor, the ALFA WiFi Camp Pro 2. But will it boost the speed of your existing WiFi connection at home or on the road?

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April 05, 2022

All Helium hotspots being turned into light hotspots this April- what it means to you...

For a while the Helium community has known that all hotspots will eventually become light hotspots- news earlier this year was that it would begin in April, and April is here. Recent information from Helium suggests this process will take place over the next couple of weeks, beginning April 6th.

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March 15, 2022

New Arrivals: Helium Dipole Antennas from ALFA Network with 90° adjustable elbows

We have two new arrivals from ALFA Network Inc. this week for Helium and IoT hardware users looking for 915 MHz antennas to connect directly to devices. Bulk discounts available for installers and ISPs.

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March 12, 2022

Bandpass Filters are coming to Rokland: how they can improve your Helium or WiFi performance

Bandpass Filters clean up noise around your Helium miner or WiFi router, rejecting frequency interference from other ranges. Helium operates on the 915 MHz frequency range, while WiFi operates at both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. Bandpass Filters coming soon to Rokland.com.

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March 05, 2022

New ALFA R36AH v2 from Rokland supports Tube-UAC2 and AWUS036ACHM

The ALFA R36AH v2 from Rokland now ships with updated firmware to support ALFA Tube-UAC2 Dual Band Outdoor USB WiFi receiver, or it's indoor version AWUS036ACHM

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March 02, 2022

Customer mailbag: ALFA AOA-915-5ACM- why is it priced so LOW?

People often ask us why the ALFA AOA-915-5ACM Helium compatible antenna is priced so low. Here is the reason why...

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February 24, 2022

New WiFi 6E antennas are here- Rokland & ALFA Network have you covered

If you have a WiFi 6E PCI card or router and are looking for an omni or directional antenna solution, Rokland & ALFA Network literally have you covered. Our two newest tri-band WiFi antennas give you great coverage in older 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands + the newest WiFi 6E frequency as well...

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February 01, 2022

Our first ever Rokland #HNT shirt could be yours FREE!

You asked, we listened. We received a large number of requests to bring forward Rokland and mining related apparel, so we made the decision to turn our most popular sticker design into our first T-shirt!

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February 01, 2022

Helium Antennas: US915 MHz vs. AU915 MHz- is there a difference?

If you are in Australia or Brazil, or another country using the AU915 MHz frequency for Helium mining, you can use a Rokland 915 MHz antenna with your miner, but you cannot use a US915 miner in your country. 

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January 27, 2022

ALFA AWUS036EAC, AWUS036AC, AWUS036ACH are Windows 11 compatible

Good news- ALFA AWUS036EACAWUS036AC, and AWUS036ACH (which are Realtek RTL8812AU based devices) are all compatible with Microsoft Windows 11. In most cases they will be natively supported. 

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January 22, 2022

Why it is important to give your new Helium antenna five days to synch

It seems logical when installing a new antenna on your Helium miner, you should see instant results in the app- witness count should go up immediately, or at least within a few hours. Learn why this is not the case.

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December 30, 2021

How important is waterproofing your outdoor Helium or WiFi antenna connections?

Rokland recommends using a waterproof silicon-based tape to seal off the connection area where your coaxial cable connector connects to your antenna. 

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December 28, 2021

Antenna Connector Types: How can I tell if my miner/antenna/cable is RPSMA Male, RPSMA Female, N Male or N Female?

In this video we cover the most common cable connector types and genders you will run into when using our products. Whether you have a Helium Miner, ALFA Camp Pro kit or ALFA USB WiFi adapter if you are going to extend the stock antenna via coaxial cable you will NEED to get the correct connectors. This can be confusing, so we made this video to hopefully clear things up once and for all. If you still have questions feel free to reach out to us via any of the options below!

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December 24, 2021

Introducing SHTNACLAUSE: Helium based Sleigh Inventory Tracker

When it comes to tracking Santa Claus's whereabouts, there is no better system than NORAD's Santa Claus tracker. Using live GPS data, NORAD can show you exactly where Santa Claus is at any given moment. But what happens when somewhere just outside of Moline, Illinois, Santa realizes due to a loading error, he has only seven Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifles left, and he had orders for thirty-five?

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December 21, 2021

Investing in Helium HNT mining? Get the antennas and accessories you need with interest free payment installments

To help, Rokland is now accepting payment installments. That’s right, instead of paying for your entire order up front, you can break it up into 4 interest free installments. Just click the shopPay button in the cart and follow the onscreen steps to complete checkout. There is no hold on your order, it will ship in full just like normal credit card payment. 

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November 19, 2021

New Linux drivers for ALFA AWUS036ACH, AWUS036AC, & AWUS036ACS

This fall, new driver packages were released for Debian based Linux distributions such as Kali for the ALFA AWUS036ACH, AWUS036AC, and AWUS036ACS.

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October 10, 2021

PSA: Take care of your Helium miner coaxial cable!

Tightly coiled coax cable may already be damaged or could become damaged soon. It is important to coil 400 grade coax in a circular fashion that does not put stress on the internal copper coated aluminum conductor.

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October 01, 2021

Stay on top of Helium Network & Miner Specific Issues with our New Alert System

Visit our new Helium Network and Miner Status page for the latest on issues with the Helium network. You can always visit https://status.helium.com for the latest on Helium network issues and the blockchain. However, with tens of thousands of Rokland antennas deployed across the country, our phone and chat support staff are in a unique position to identify and post about other types of issues not on the Helium status page. 

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