Using Alfa AWUS036NHA on Microsoft Windows 10

April 24, 2018

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.



scribe said:

This actually worked !

Win 10 user here…


wow2018 said:

DEC 2018 here, taking time to comment as this is the ONLY solution I tried after hours that actually works. Virus scan only showed 1 false positive.

Steve H.

Steve H. said:

This driver does ***NOT*** work on Windows 10 1607. I ran the exe and the adapter doesnt show up in the list. Only my internal WLAN adapter is shown.


Don said:

I had to run it in compatibility mode, fyi


Neto said:

It works!!!


Cae said:

It seems Microsoft or somebody included a driver if you install windows 10 Oct 1803 update… my alfa NHA was detected no problem after fresh install…. plug and play… I have screenshots if needed


Jesus said:

Thank you very much, with this driver the Alfa AWUS036NHA finally works on Windows 10


t0p said:

Works fine. I’ve tried loads of “solutions” and this is the ONLY one that actually works. Thanks!


Mike said:

I downloaded drivers from their official website for windows 10 and it is not working, Showing me code 10 error for the device in device manager,.

on their official website, it is saying that drivers are compatible for windows 10


user said:

trying in now. will update

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