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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See the tutorial video here.
See the range test video here (completed from 14,180 feet).
The first video has a link to the specific Alfa antennas sold by Rokland needed for the modification, as well as other parts you will need.
Update 6/15/17: We now have all three antennas used in the mod, plus all three pigtails needed, available in one special discounted package here.
Years ago, city engineers figured out two lanes of traffic were better than one. Then they figured our four lanes were better than two. The same revolution is happening in the Wi-Fi industry with new quad antenna 802.11ac Wi-Fi equipment boasting router connection speeds of up to 1900 Mbps.
At the head of the pack is Alfa’s newly released AWUS1900, a four-antenna USB Wi-Fi receiver compatible with Microsoft Windows 7, 8/8.1, and Windows 10. This connects to your computers USB port with enclosed USB 3.0 cable and boosts the Wi-Fi performance of that specific PC. This is not a router or repeater.
We completed a test here where we transferred a file of 1.69 Gbps from our router’s storage device (Tenda AC1900 router). We then attempted to transfer this file to the same computer on the network, two different ways. First via the laptop’s built-in Wi-Fi card, a standard 802.11n card capable of 300 mbps max transfer. The file took 350 seconds to transfer to the computer.
We then deleted the file and connected the same laptop to the Tenda router with this Alfa AWUS1900 802.11ac USB adapter, and achieved an actual connection rate to the router of 1.3 Gbps (that’s gigabits per second!). The transfer time from the network storage drive was just 70 seconds. That went 5 times faster with the Alfa AWUS1900.
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2.4 GHz networks have been the most common type of network in the USA for more than ten years. In the last five years, dual band Wi-Fi routers have become more popular, even more so in the last 2 years with the introduction of 802.11ac routers that use both bands. The 5 Ghz band is a shorter range band but is less crowded and generally offers better throughput. The signal to which you are connecting has to be 5 Ghz though for the dual band adapter to connect on that band.
The FCC has more stringent power limits on 5 Ghz capable radios vs. 2.4 Ghz-only radios. Hence, single band adapters can have more power than even the highest powered dual band devices.
As we enter 2017, if you travel often, you will find there is virtually no place that does not offer a 2.4 Ghz signal, but 5 Ghz signals are usually only found in residential broadband modems and routers. Even public places that do offer 5 GHz capability will generally always offer a 2.4 GHz connection as well.
Therefore, if your goal is to be able to detect signals from the greatest distance when travelling, a 2.4 GHz high powered long range Wi-Fi receiver like Alfa AWUS036NH will be the best option. If you want to pick up from further away than your laptop’s stock card but do want to have 5 Ghz capability for home use also, Alfa AWUS036ACH is our highest powered dual band product.
Or, if you want to be covered for all situations, get both. With our low prices, you can get both items today for under $75.00 with free US shipping.
Sales tax is only applicable to orders being shipped to the state of Florida where we are located. Buyers in the other 49 states are not subject to sales tax. Tax is automatically added to applicable orders during the checkout process and cannot be waived by Rokland staff.
Click here to order a gift card. Gift card codes are sent by email- simply send the code to the person you are gifting. We don't charge any fees- you pay $25.00 and your recipient gets a full $25.00 to spend on anything in our Rokland.com store.
Now available for immediate shipping, Alfa AOA-2409N, a 9 dBi gain outdoor fiberglass Wi-Fi antenna with special heavy duty marine mounting bracket.
Alfa AOA-2409N vs. Alfa AOA-2409TF
Many of you are familiar with Alfa AOA-2409TF, our low cost 9 dBi outdoor antenna from Alfa, and will wonder about the difference. The antennas are almost identical, the key difference is AOA-2409N comes with a special heavy duty pole/PVC mounting bracket. This bracket is not backward compatible with AOA-2409TF because it requires that the connector stem of the antenna be longer in order to fit. Hence, AOA-2409N has a longer connector stem to fit the bracket.
AOA-2409TF is a great option for direct connection to an Alfa Tube USB adapter or Ubiquiti Bullet. AOA-2409N is a better solution when you need to mount the antenna separately.
The most dangerous Hurricane to hit the east coast of Florida in decades is approaching. Our company, Rokland Technologies, is located in Gainesville, FL. As of this posting it is unclear how much our area may be affected. But your interaction with Florida businesses will be impacted, and here is what you can do to help.
Why we are closing Friday
Our company and many other companies in Florida will be closed Friday October 7th. While it may seem like it is nice to have a day off, in fact many residents will be evacuating, while others will be concerned about family and friends. We have decided to close even if the storm is not as bad as expected in order to keep our employees off of local roads so emergency and utility vehicles have an easier time navigating. Because of office closures, you may be getting a voice mail box, or email replies may take some time. We understand this can be frustrating especially if there is a technical issue with your order or you need to place an urgent order. Your patience and understanding are appreciated.
Expect order status delays
When it comes to order status, this is understandably the big question many of you will have. Your order should have a tracking number attached to it. If your order was placed Thursday afternoon or later, it may not ship until Tuesday October 11th, because Post Offices are closed Monday for Columbus Day. You can cancel orders with us if they have not yet shipped. If your tracking number shows the item has not moved from a Florida location for several days, it is likely due to Post Office back log.
Please wait at least 10 days to report a package lost
If your package has not arrived within 10 days of mailing and tracking last shows it is in Florida, please contact us so we can file a claim and replace your package or refund your money.
Thank you for your consideration and we will do our best to resume normal customer service via phone and email as quickly as possible after the storm passes.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT BETA SOFTWARE: Publication of beta software does not mean that Rokland Technologies is advertising compatibility or offering technical support for the above products and Mac OS 10.12 Sierra. Please review product pages for what operating systems we advertise specific models as compatible with. Beta software may be buggy or incompatible with some Macs. Beta software is for existing owners of the above products and products should not be purchased for the sole purpose of using with Mac OS 10.12 Sierra since we cannot guarantee stability.
To use it, download the package and open it on your Mac and run the installer inside. Here is a PDF guide showing you how to connect to a network once installed.
Twenty years ago, students worried about turning in a paper for school late because their floppy disk wasn't working, or the printer ran out of toner. These days with so much school work being submitted online, the biggest worry is what happens if your laptop's internal Wi-Fi card starts acting glitchy or stops working altogether?
Alfa AWUS036EAC: The "USB flash drive" of Wi-Fi adapters
The best solution to this problem is to keep a portable USB Wi-Fi adapter with you at all times. Alfa's AWUS036EAC model adapter is the perfect choice. It is not a USB flash drive that stores data, but it is about the same size. The antenna and USB connector are built-in, so there are no cables or external antennas to carry with you. When connected to a compatible computer, it shows up as a separate Wi-Fi adapter and allows you to connect to wireless networks to get Internet access. So if your PC's internal card stops working, you have an instant solution.
Because it is the latest 802.11ac standard, it is compatible with all Wi-Fi networks in use today, including 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac 2.4 and 5 GHz networks.
Pick on up today for a low price.
[We published the article below on Friday, April 1st, 2016 as an April Fool's Day joke. Because the day has passed, we have added this text to clarify this is not a real product].
Introducing Rokland+, a new Wi-Fi receiver and router combination so powerful, it can go all the way around the world.
Up until now, items capable of receiving Wi-Fi signals such as cell phones and laptops were limited to a couple hundred feet of range from typical Wi-Fi routers. Some of our long range Wi-Fi products released over the years have pushed this to 1000-2000 feet or more.
But now we've really done it- our new Rokland+ Wi-Fi receiver is capable of going all the way around the world to pick up a Wi-Fi signal from our Rokland+ Wi-Fi router.
So if you live in a home in Gainesville, Florida, and you have a Rokland+ Wi-Fi router in your home and a Rokland+ Wi-Fi receiver connected to your computer, it will go around the world and connect to your router.
Here are some important FAQs about our new product
1. Can the product pick up other Wi-Fi signals around the world?
A: No, it can only be used with a Rokland+ router installed in the same home as your adapter
2. If my Rokland+ router is installed 100 feet away from my Rokland+ Global Wi-Fi adapter, how do I know the signal is really being picked up from around the world, instead of just the 100 feet?
A: Good question
3. When will Rokland+ equipment be ready?
A: We thought it would be ready this summer but now we are looking at an April 1, 2017 planned launch date, we've run into some supply side issues through several channels and hope we won't be fooled again.
4: Aww y'all got my hopes up for a second, can I at least get a coupon code for something else on your site for wasting my time?
A: Sure, use the code FOOLMEONCE to save 10% on purchases of $50 or more through Sunday April 3rd. And no, the coupon code is not a joke! Though it must be entered in italics to work...no, no it doesn't need to be. OK, we're done. The coupon code is real though, seriously.
[We published the article above on Friday, April 1st, 2016 as an April Fool's Day joke. Because the day has passed, we have added this text to clarify this is not a real product].
The reason this happens is because the driver switches between USB 2 and USB 3 modes as needed.
These devices are backward compatible with older networks that have speeds below 480 mbps, such as 802.11n 150 and 300 mbps networks. The default mode of these USB 3.0 devices according to diagnostics is USB 2.0. When you are not connected to any network, this is the mode that will be displayed. When you connect to an 802.11n network, or a 1T1R 802.11ac network, the adapter will stay in USB 2.0 mode because the max speed of 480 for USB 2.0 is more than your network connection rate.
But connect to an 802.11ac network above 480, such as an 867 mbps 802.11ac 5 GHz network, and then check diagnostics again. Now it shows USB 3.0 as the mode. The chipset uses smart switching to go into either mode depending on what type of network to which you are connected.
Summer time is just around the corner. One must-have tool for travel this year is Alfa Network's new Wi-Fi Camp Pro kit. This contains an Alfa R36 USB router/repeater, an Alfa Tube-U(N) long range Wi-Fi receiver, and a fiberglass encased 9 dBi outdoor antenna (Alfa model AOA-2409TF).
When used together, the parts in this easy-to-setup kit allow you to pick up a Wi-Fi signal from a distant location, and share it as a Wi-Fi hotspot in your RV or cabin to which multiple Wi-Fi enabled devices can connect.
Here's an example:
You've been to several campgrounds in your new RV. Sometimes you are parked near the main office and Wi-Fi reception is fine. But at this new place you are parked down toward the river, quite a way from where the Wi-Fi signal is originating, with several other RVs and trees in the way. You get OK reception on your Android tablet when you stand right outside the RV but when you walk back inside it drops to 1 bar. With WiFi Camp Pro you set up the Tube-U(N) adapter and antenna on the outside of the RV and run the 16-foot cable back inside to the R36 router. After a few minutes to configure the R36 via its Easy Setup Wizard, you are pulling in the park Wi-Fi and sharing it throughout your RV as your own personal hotspot. Now your kids can get online with their computers and your spouse can do the same. You even give your lot neighbor the password so he can use it, after he agrees to clean out your waste tank of course.
But WiFi Camp Pro is not only for camping. It can be used at any location where you are trying to extend a distant Wi-Fi signal. Get yours today. It would make a great gift for the outdoor gear person in your life as well.
We are always looking for ways to improve our technical support and customer service. Some feedback received in the past is that some of our links to product pages and driver downloads can be very long, causing email clients to break them up making only part of them clickable, meaning you have to copy and paste the full link into a browser manually, which can be annoying.
This week we launched a new domain specifically to provide shorter redirect links to our longer URLs. When you read our blog, Facebook page, or contact us and receive email replies, you may get links that look like this:
rok.land is a new domain that belongs to us, so you can be assured these links are safe to follow. They will redirect to pages on our main web site. Our main web site will always be http://www.rokland.com but you can also get there by going to http://rok.land