Using Alfa AWUS036NHA on Microsoft Windows 10 & Windows 11
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, 10, and 11 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 of this driver package.
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.
This actually worked !
Win 10 user here…
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. 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.
I had to run it in compatibility mode, fyi
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
Thank you very much, with this driver the Alfa AWUS036NHA finally works on Windows 10
Works fine. I’ve tried loads of “solutions” and this is the ONLY one that actually works. Thanks!
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
trying in now. will update
September 2019 – I too can confirm this works on Win10 :)
I had the hardest time getting my Alfa AWUS036NHA to work on Windows 10. It said everything was working fine, but it wasn’t. Almost gave up until I ran across this solution and it worked perfectly. Easy to set up as I am not a computer geek. Download and run it and it basically does the rest. Didn’t have to uninstall any other driver or anything like that. I did disable the stock wireless adapter in my computer though. Did this to two different computers and it worked perfectly for both.
Michael Moody said:
This driver does not work for Windows 10 1904.
beginner user said:
ok january 28 2020 i’m here to say that IT WORK for the AWUS036NHA
i’m able to see and connect to my wifi
Jonas Gamez said:
april 5 2020 this driver did actually work on a new win 10 comp. Thanks for the work to figure this out!!!
Windows 10 ver 1909 – plug n play
Thank you so much for posting this. I was screwing around with installing this driver for over an hour, and coming to the conclusion that I’m too dumb for anything but whatever network adapter the manufacturer decides I should have, when this finally worked.
Yo this saved the day thanks works just fine now!
Worked instantly. Took literally 30 seconds after hours of trying other stuff.
You save me men. Thanks. Working in W10Pro.2004
Alex G said:
Thanks for this. Have been fighting with the install for a few days now and this looks to have done the trick. Fantastic!!
January of 2021 and this is still working on Win10 pro v2004.
didem yeğen said:
Dude u are the greatest person on earth!
Antonio Perez said:
as recently as march 2021
this is what i found that it works on windows 10 64 bits version 20H2
simply download the cab file directly from microsoft
extract the cab file to a folder using winrar
then send the extracted folder to my documents
now go to device manager to install the drivers
if the driver path is set to default
meaning my documents then all you have to do is click next and it will automatically
will detect and install the driver files
if you change the path because you install a previous driver manually
then make sure to set the path to my documents
i will try to find a newer driver version then will post the link
but for now this one will do
this is just the driver, without any app
you can use windows built in wifi scanner app
these are the links
Antonio Perez said:
forgot to mentioned
click on browse my computer for driverS
also when you install the drivers from the links that i provided
the device is properly recognized as Atheros AR9271
WORKS! After Hours how to run AWUS036NHA under Windows 10. Thanks.
Thanks a lot mate.
Who is the manufacturer for the chip please?
Atheros is the chipset maker. This product uses the Atheros AR9271 chipset.
Thanks a bunch. Pure magic.
Thank you… it worked :-)
08/28/2021 does not work at win10 ver 21h1
I just want to mention that the solution offered by a user “Perez” is working as of 9/3/2021
Just manually install those drivers, I just used 7z to extract the cab and installed the driver with the .inf
Pritam Gajkumar Shah said:
This solution worked for me 100 percent successful with one lick. Thank you. You saved my $65 spent on ALFA036NHA.
TP Link driver for Atheros AR9271 chipset working with Alpha adapter on Windows 11 with no issues.
Can confirm that this works using compatibility mode for Windows 7 in Windows 11 build 22000.1
It did fail the first time, but worked on the second attempt. Maybe some odd read/write delay. Sometimes shit works.
windows 11 perfect !!
Worked fine for current Win10
Sreejish Nair said:
This actually works I’m glad I found this page. Thanks a lot for posting and sharing the driver.
Chesmond Billings said:
Works great for the Alfa AWUS036NHA on Windows 11 as of May 2022. Thank you!
Works Perfect in Windows 11,
OS Build: 22000.795.
setup.exe works on win10, january 2023