To get the new firmware (v1.15) for the Alfa R36A retail box version, click here.
To get the new firmware (v1.17) for the Alfa R36A that ships inside the Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2, click here.
Do you need to update?
Both of the above files have range and performance improvements. If you are happy with your current performance, then you do not need to update. If you have purchased recently (this article was published 1/17/2019), you may already have the latest firmware and do not need to update. From inside your R36A administration area, click the Status tab to the left and check the firmware version at the bottom to see what version you already have.
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If you own some of our products advertised as Mac compatible, you may be in a situation where they just aren't working. The most likely issue is that on Mac OS 10.11 and later, Apple has SIP protection enabled by default.
What is SIP protection?
Apple defines SIP protection as "...technology in OS X El Capitan and later that's designed to help prevent potentially malicious software from modifying protected files and folders...it restricts the root user account and limits the actions that the root user can perform..."
In other words, it is designed to limit capabilities of your Mac system with the intention of preventing unscrupulous software from doing things it shouldn't. But it also blocks legitimate software from being installed outside of the Apple app store (FYI Apple does not approve WiFi driver software for the app store).
SIP protection locks down system folders to prevent third party software from writing to them. So to use Mac driver installers for most of our Mac compatible products on 10.11 and later, you have to disable SIP protection. Fortunately this is easy to do, read on.
Does disabling SIP your Mac less safe?
It makes it as safe as it was in Mac OS 10.10 and earlier. You are essentially just allowing applications to write to your system folders again. As always, never run any application from a source you don't trust, and always use antivirus software.
How to disable SIP protection
To use any of our Mac installers on most 10.11 and newer Macs, you will need to first disable SIP protection before installing the software. If you already installed the software, uninstall it. Then take these steps to disable SIP protection:
1. Click the Apple menu.
2. Select Restart...
3. Hold down Command key and R key to boot
into the Recovery System.
4. Click the Utilities menu and select Terminal.
5. Type csrutil disable and press return.
6. Close the Terminal app.
7. Click the Apple menu and select Restart...
Now install the software desired and you should be able to use your product.
If you own a Realtek RTL8812AU based product like Alfa AWUS036AC or AWUS036ACH and are having issues with Kali, we recommend you read our knowledge base articles that can help get you going.
Go to our help center and click on the category "Alfa AWUS036AC AWUS036ACH AWUS036EAC". Then click on the subcategory "Linux/Kali help".
There we have some great article including one showing how to install the item on Kali 2018.2
If you need additional help, we recommend posting in actual Linux or Kali forums as Linux is a community supported operating system. Our blog post comments are not regularly monitored. You can reach out to our support team with questions and feedback, but please note our support staff can only offer guidance on Linux related issues are not able to provide walkthroughs, step by step instructions, or guaranteed solutions for Linux use.
Alfa has released a new version of this router called R36A, which features internal enhancements offering users faster throughput speeds, better performance, and the ability to handle more users online at one time. It also has an overhauled 2-screen setup interface, reducing setup time and making the experience much easier.
It remains a 2.4 GHz product so as to have maximum power (dual band devices must have less power per FCC regulations).
Existing owners of an R36 should know before upgrading that R36A is compatible with AWUS036NH, AWUS036NEH, and Alfa Tube-U(N) USB Wi-Fi adapters. Older models AWUS036H and AWUS036NHR are not compatible with R36A.
If you have followed our blog for some time, you may recall us mentioning Connectify, a software tool that allows you to create a hotspot on your computer and share a Wi-Fi connection. Now the company that makes Connectify has does it again with Speedify.
Speedify is an exciting new service that allows you to bond more than one Internet connection together to increase your Internet speed. For example, if you are using one of our Alfa Wi-Fi USB extenders to get better signal to a network, and you are in a location where your built-in Wi-Fi card still works, you can bond the connections together and essentially use them both at the same time.
From the Speedify web site:
"...The technology behind Speedify’s connection magic is called Channel Bonding. We combine multiple Internet connections – Wi-Fi, cellular, ethernet, etc. – to provide increased bandwidth, lower latency, and better reliability."
Speedify also includes VPN service which helps encrypt and protect your data even when you are connected to an open Wi-Fi connection. Rokland strongly recommends VPN service to all users of Alfa R36A and Alfa WiFi Camp Pro Kit 2.
*Rokland is not affiliated with Speedify and is not receiving any compensation for this post. We are writing about it simply because it could be of great benefit to many of our customers.
Speedify does have a free plan for low-bandwidth users and monthly and annual plans for those who use more data. Read more here.
We are excited to announce the beta version of Rokland Knowledge Base, a comprehensive set of articles and troubleshooting guides related to Alfa Network products.
Rokland Knowledge Base is a searchable categorized collection of support documents for the products we sell. As always, our technical team is here to help by phone or email for any purchases you have made from us. But our knowledge base is a great resource for those that may own Alfa products but did not buy from us (meaning phone and email support is not available), or for those who may need assistance after hours or on weekends.
The articles are limited in number now but we will be adding more resources and materials each week.
Do you need Wi-Fi for your Pi? Our new 802.11n USB Wi-Fi dongle with RP-SMA port and detachable 2 dBi gain antenna is just what you need.
It is approved for the Raspberry Pi Model A, B, B+, Pi 2, and Pi Zero (ALL Models) and it supports packet injection for ethical hacking projects (aircrack, Wireshark).
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.
We found a video review of the Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 on YouTube this week, done by DamnGoodReviews.com. Note that Rokland did not solicit this review or provide hardware for it- we didn't even know about it until it was already published.
Check it out and let us know what you think of your Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 in the comments below. And don't forget to emails us your on-site pictures and videos of you using the kit- you may be featured on our homepage, Facebook, or Instagram feed!
More videos on Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2:
Hardware unboxing by DamnGoodReviews.com
Our own hardware and software video setup guide
We are excited to announce the long awaited second version of the Alfa Wi-Fi Camp Pro kit series is available. Get your Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 now.
Rokland Technologies is your Alfa WiFi Camp Pro headquarters. Check out our first look video which demonstrates how to set up the hardware and how to configure the software.
Alfa WiFi Camp Pro 2 is a special kit shipping in one retail box that is designed to pick up a weak Wi-Fi signal and repeat it as your own personal hotspot inside your RV, home, or building. This is ideal for use on boats, RVs and campers, or larger properties.
Rokland Technologies is an authorized Alfa distributor and retailer. Whether you need technical support out of box, at a campground, or need warranty assistance down the road, we are here to help by phone or email. In the Gainesville area? Stop by and say hello to our staff.
But if you already own an AWUS036H and find yourself wanting to use it on Windows 10, here is a quick way how to do it.
The last driver made for this item was December of 2009 for Windows 7. The installer package for Windows 7 does not work on Windows 8 or 10, it just says "incompatible operating system" when you try and run it. So you need to run it in Windows 7 compatibility mode.
Step 1: Download Win7 driver (http://www.rokland.com/mask/drivers/alfa/awus036h_windows_7.zip)
Step 2: Open the downloaded zip file and extract the contents to a place on your computer you can find.
Step 3: Navigate to where you extracted the contents. Right-click the Setup.exe program and select Properties. Click the Compatibility tab and under Compatibility mode choose "Windows 7" and make sure the "Run this program in compatibility mode" is checked. Then click Apply and exit the Properties window. This should bypass the compatibility error.
Step 4: Run the Setup.exe program in full and restart the PC when done.Connect your AWUS036H to the PC and use as normal.
In December 2017, Realtek released driver version 1030.25.701.2017 for Alfa AWUS1900 for Windows 10. It was released in a Windows Update package so many of you may already be on this new driver if you have run Windows Update recently.
If you have not, then you can now download it here. Once downloaded, open it and run the Setup.exe program inside.
Upon completion, you can check your Device Manager properties for this device (go to Device Manager > Network Adapters > right click this adapter and select Properties, then go to Driver tab) and make sure the driver date now shows 12/25/2017.
Adapters compatible with above driver update:
It has been seven years since our last web site makeover. We loved our last design, and felt it withstood the test of time, but it lacked some important functionality.
At Rokland we never make changes just for the sake of it, there is always a good purpose. We know our visitors have become used to navigating our site, and the new design may throw some people off at first glance. Where did the categories section go, for example?...
New product: Alfa AjoinT2 Data Connection Cable for Microsoft Surface Pro 2, 3, 4, Windows Tablets & Laptops
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.