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April 02, 2015

Limited driver support for Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite

With the launch of Mac OS Yosemite in October 2014, Apple made some major changes to the architecture that affect Wi-Fi drivers for our products that are Mac OS compatible. This page is designed to get you the Yosemite driver you need for your product. Find your product model below and follow the information beneath it to update your driver on Yosemite.

Alfa AWUS036NH/NEH (beta- no advertised support*)

Click here to download the driver DMG. It is important to uninstall your previous driver first *before* running this update. Use the uninstall application inside your original download to do this, or if you no longer have it, return to our main support page to download the Mac software for your previous version of Mac OS to run the uninstaller.


Rokland n3 (beta- no advertised support*)

Click here to download the driver DMG. It is important to uninstall your previous driver first *before* running this update. Use the uninstall application inside your original download to do this, or if you no longer have it, return to our main support page to download the Mac software for your previous version of Mac OS to run the uninstaller.

Rokland USB stick (this product)

Click here to download the driver DMG (coming soon).


*what do we mean by "beta- no advertised support"? This means the driver is currently in beta mode and may not work for all users. Therefore we are not advertising compatibility in a general sense, and do not recommend visitors buy these products with intended use on Yosemite. Rather these drivers are for users who already own these devices and want to try the beta to get them to work after upgrading. Beta driver offerings should not be taken as a statement that Rokland LLC is advertising these products are compatible with the noted operating system(s).

 

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January 29, 2015

FCC: Hotels cannot block Wi-Fi

It is a question we get asked often by prospective buyers of Wi-Fi boosting equipment such as the Alfa R36 router.

What can I do if the hotel blocks me from sharing the Wi-Fi signal with other devices? Marriott had recently been fined in Tennessee for doing this, but still felt they were within their legal rights for doing so.

Recently they sought out clarification from the FCC, and received a clear response. This blocking practice is simply not allowed. You are well within your rights to use Wi-Fi boosters and repeaters to help extend a weak hotel Wi-Fi signal in your hotel room. If you are told otherwise, you can file a complaint with the FCC.

Read more here.

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November 15, 2014

Alfa R36 router model now available for AWUS036NHV

If you own an AWUS036NHV from Alfa, we now carry the R36 USB Wi-Fi router that supports it.

This R36 contains special firmware that supports only AWUS036NHV. If you already own an R36 and acquired an AWUS036NHV, you do not need to buy a new R36 router. Instead you can download the firmware update from the link below. Note that once you flash the firmware for a different version Alfa USB adapter, the router stops working with previously supported versions.

R36 firmware change to support AWUS036NHV download
R36 firmware update guide download

 

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September 01, 2014

New product: Alfa APA-M25 dual band 2.4/5 GHz directional panel antenna (802.11ac compatible)

New this week on Rokland.com is Alfa APA-M25, a 10 dbi dual band 2.4/5 GHz directional Wi-Fi antenna with RP-SMA connector.

This is compatible with many of our Alfa Wi-Fi USB adapters, including the new 802.11ac standard AWUS036AC model from Alfa.

We have the antenna for sale by itself, and also bundled with a magnetic mount antenna docking base + 3ft extension cable.

 

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June 26, 2014

How to put Alfa AWUS036NHR into monitor mode

Our friends at HackThis have done it again with a great tutorial on how to put AWUS036NHR into monitor mode.

 

 

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June 08, 2014

Alfa AWUS036NHV 1500mW USB Wi-Fi Adapter Now In Stock

Alfa Network, Inc's newest long range Wi-Fi USB adapter for 2014- model AWUS036NHV- is now in stock at Rokland.com.

Featuring a new 802.11n Realtek RTL8188EUS chipset, AWUS036NHV is a low-cost Wi-Fi booster with long range and high speed 802.11n connectivity with speeds up to 150 Mbps. It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, and Windows 8/8.1.

With an RP-SMA antenna jack, it can be used with our wide array of indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi antenna upgrades.


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May 03, 2014

New product: Ultra-light 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi upgrade for Microsoft Surface Pro tablet

Our new 0.6 ounce 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi adapter with integrated 5 dBi adjustable antenna is an easy way to upgrade you Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, or any other USB enabled device running Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 to the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard (this does not work with the Surface RT tablet which runs a locked down version of Windows, nor does it work with Android or iPad tablets).

This does not require a Surface Pro tablet- it works with any USB enabled device running a compatible version of Microsoft Windows. Its light weight design and ability to plug in directly to the USB port with no need for a USB cable make it perfect for the Microsoft Surface Pro, but it also works great with laptops and all-in-one desktops.

Read more about it and order one here today

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April 17, 2014

Rokland.com is safe from the Heartbleed vulnerability

By now you may have heard of the Heartbleed security vulnerability that has dominated technology news headlines the last few weeks. If you have not, read more about it here. Then know that Rokland.com is safe from the Heartbleed vulnerability. Our web site does not use the version of OpenSSL that is vulnerable to Heartbleed. It is safe to login to your account and shop at Rokland.com.

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April 16, 2014

Yagi antennas back in stock + new AWUS036NHR v2 16 dBi Yagi kit available!

Our specially designed 16 element, 16 dBi Yagi antennas are back in stock. Thanks to all of you who had them on back order. This is a special custom designed antenna that outperforms other similar sized Yagi antennas. It has been our model of choice for over four years.

We have always had a special kit for this antenna along with Alfa's popular AWUS036H USB Wi-Fi adapter and 5m antenna extension cable and we now have a special kit featuring Alfa's new AWUS036NHR v2 model.

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April 08, 2014

Microsoft ending Windows XP support- what it means for your Alfa adapter

The date is finally upon us- Microsoft ended support for Microsoft Windows XP today. XP was released in 2002 as a major OS upgrade from Windows 2000. For those who have Windows XP machines that are still humming along, what this means is that Microsoft will not put out any more security updates or any other type of updates for the operating system. This will leave computers running XP vulnerable to security and stability issues.

What does it mean if you have one of Alfa Network, Inc's Wi-Fi USB adapters running on the XP platform? Not a lot. You should be able to continue using your device on any Windows XP computer as you have before. It is possible- if your system becomes unstable at some point due to a system vulnerability- that your device could stop working down the road. While Alfa is no longer releasing software updates for Windows XP- and will not do so again now that Microsoft no longer supports XP- we will continue to offer technical support for any product for which we advertise XP compatibility. However we may not be able to provide a fix if the problem is due to a stability issue in the operating system that Microsoft would no longer address.

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March 14, 2014

Alfa AWUS036NHR v2 Windows 8.1 Driver/Client Utility now available

Incompatibility issues with Alfa AWUS036NHR v2 and Windows 8.1 appear to be over with the release of this updated Client UI/Driver release from Alfa Network, Inc. We have tested it to be stable. Previously Windows 8.1 use would result in a crash on plug-in of the AWUS036NHR adapter, or shortly after plug-in unless the Client Utility application was manually uninstalled via Control Panel first.

Many have asked us how they know if they have Windows 8.1. The short answer is unless you purposely upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 in the Windows app store, you have Windows 8. But to be sure, it is easy to check. On your Windows 8 home tile screen, pull up the search box and type "Control Panel". Inside Control Panel, click "System and Security" and then click "System". Look on that screen for "Windows Edition". If it says Windows 8, you have Windows 8. If it says Windows 8.1, you have Windows 8.1.

If you have problems with this driver update and need help, please click the Support menu option up top and contact our support department. Blog comments are not regularly reviewed by our staff.

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February 04, 2014

New product: ACR-12 car power supply adapter for R36 router

Now in stock for immediate purchase is Alfa ACR-12, a 12v DC car power supply adapter for the Alfa R36 router/repeater. This connects to the R36 router on one end, and has a standard 12v car plug for use in car charging outlets (also know as cigarette lighters).

As with all items at Rokland.com, standard economy shipping is free in the 50 US states.

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September 01, 2013

hack|this blog recommends Alfa AWUS036NHA for Linux users

The hack|this blog run by Chris Haralson recently recommended Alfa's AWUS036NHA Atheros-based Wi-Fi USB adapter for Linux users, primarily because it "supports all six wireless modes" in Linux. It is supported in Backtrack 5 and Kali out of box.

Read more on the hack|this blog.

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August 31, 2013

Alfa AWUS036NHR v2 (version 2) now in stock!

Alfa AWUS036NHR v2, the newest long range WiFi USB adapter from Alfa Network Inc. is now in stock.

AWUS036NHR v2 features a redesigned interior that enhances quality and functionality. Use it to get much better Wi-Fi range on your desktop or laptop PC. No built-in Wi-Fi card is required, this is a standalone Wi-Fi receiver. Featuring a high end Realtek RTL8188RU chipset, Alfa AWUS036NHR has markedly improved receive sensitivity compared to its predecessor, model AWUS036NH. If you have been holding out on upgrading your 802.11g standard Wi-Fi adapter or your store-bought basic power 802.11n adapter isn't getting it done, now is the time to end the holdout. Alfa's AWUS036NHR combines the fast speed of 802.11n with long range reception for both 802.11g and 802.11n WiFi standards.

Now includes Windows 8 install software on CD

AWUS036NHR will work with any computer that has an available USB port and Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. It ships with a Linux driver, but this driver comes with no warranty or support. Linux is a user supported operating system and at this time we do no have install guides for specific Linux installs. We recommend searching online using the chipset name RTL8188RU to find out if this is compatible with your Linux distro.

This works on Microsoft Surface Pro tablets running Windows 8 (requires driver download) but does NOT work with Windows Surface RT tablets or other tablets/laptops running Microsoft Surface RT, which looks like Windows 8 but is actually a locked down version of Windows that does not support 3rd party drivers.

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May 23, 2013

R36/AWUS036NH known configuration issue and solution

Today we discovered an issue that affects R36 (NH/NHR version) owners using their R36 with an AWUS036NH USB adapter. This does NOT affect users with an AWUS036NHR. To read about the issue and the quick-fix solution, please click here. A permanent fix via firmware update is expected from Alfa soon, we will post it here as soon as it is available. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Updated 5/30/2013: a permanent fix has been released by Alfa in the form of new firmware (v 1.2.0.9). Click here to download the new firmware. This firmware is only for R36 routers supporting NH/NHR. For instructions on how to upgrade your R36 firmware once the firmware update image is downloaded, please see: http://alfanetworkinc.blogspot.com/2011/02/r36-firmware-migration.html

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May 11, 2013

New product: Alfa N2 Outdoor Wi-Fi PoE Client/AP with integrated 12 dBi Antenna

Alfa N2 is a new outdoor long range multi-function PoE WiFi product from Alfa Network, Inc. It is 802.11n standard and supports both AP and Client Bridge modes. This means it can be used to transmit or receive a long range WiFi signal outdoors. Because it is Ethernet based, it is OS independent. It can be used with a Mac, PC, or any Ethernet enabled device (it must be configured on a computer using a web browser though).

It is a PoE device which means it is accessed and configured via Ethernet cable, and also receives power over the Ethernet cable, so there is no need to run long electrical extensions.

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May 03, 2013

Alfa AWUS036NHR Windows 8 drivers available

We have Windows 8 drivers available for download for Alfa AWUS036NHR.

Note that Windows 8 drivers do not ship with the product on CD at the time of this publication.

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April 13, 2013

WiMax antennas are here!

We now carry WiMax antennas. Our first available option is a 15 dBi directional outdoor panel antenna and our line will be expanded in the coming months.



Our 15 dBi WiMax antenna runs on the 2500-2700 MHz bands and is compatible with US wireless broadband providers like Clear. It is compatible with the Clear Hub Express which has an RP-SMA antenna port. An RP-SMA to N-male pigtail extension cable is necessary for hookup. We carry 5m length LMR-200, and 9m length LMR-200 and LMR-400 shielded cables.

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April 10, 2013

New 2013 Alfa R36 3G USB dongle/modem compatibility list

This week Alfa has released an updated compatibility list for their R36 Wi-Fi router that shows all supported 3G USB modems/dongles. We have two versions of R36, one that supports AWUS036H, and another that supports AWUS036NH and AWUS036NHR. Both versions also support 3G dongles, and the above list is for both versions of the R36.

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April 06, 2013

Alfa AWUS036NHA Windows 8 beta driver now available for download

We have a Windows 8 beta package available for Alfa AWUS036NHA. This is a zip file containing the drivers and a PDF install guide. It has tested stable for us, but it is not currently supported by Alfa.

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March 15, 2013

Are you a hoarder?

Your house may be neat and clean, but what about your computer? Stockpiling old files, downloads, and programs can slow down your PC, and even affect your WiFi speed.

In January we wrote about the importance of removing old software and drivers you aren’t using. But deleting old files you don’t use can also have your PC- and your WiFi connection- running much faster.

Recent studies suggest most computer users do not delete programs like installers or zip files after they download and/or extract their contents. These files remain on the hard drive needlessly taking up disk space.

The more files you have on your computer, the more disk space you take up, that's easy to figure out. But filling up your hard drive can slow down computer and Internet performance because:

  • System maintenance procedures take more time to complete, using system memory while running.

  • Daily backups to your backup service or external hard drive take longer, decreasing bandwidth available on your network for your computer and other devices, and slowing down the computer in the process.

  • Indexing programs such as Microsoft’s search tool or Google Desktop search use system memory to index files on your computer. While these programs are indexing, system performance drops.

If it takes 10+ seconds for something to happen when you click on an icon, or web pages seem to hang for a while and suddenly appear all at once, it may be time for some spring cleaning. Windows users can use a free program like TreeSize (http://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free/) to locate areas of their hard drive that take up the most space. Common locations are your My Documents folder, your Downloads folder, and locations where you may download video or audio files.

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March 09, 2013

New Alfa outdoor WiFi antennas this month...

Spring is in the air...unfortunately so is a lot of WiFi radio interference. As more homes make use of WiFi technology, airwaves get crowded with signals and activity. Your neighbors' activity can even impact the WiFi speed in your own home. If you plan to travel in the near future, this is the time of year when RV parks and marinas begin to fill up with families taking trips for spring break. Just as a crowded room impacts your ability to hear somebody talking on the other side, a crowded RV park impacts your ability to receive the park's WiFi signal.

This season, consider an Alfa outdoor WiFi antenna for use with a high powered WiFi receiver. This month we have three new outdoor WiFi antennas available. The Alfa AGA-2424T is a 24 dBi directional parabolic grid antenna with the high gain you need to cover great distance. The AOA-2412 from Alfa is an omni directional 12 dBi antenna perfect for boating and RV use. Alfa's AOA-2409TF is a low-cost entry level outdoor antenna featuring 9 dBi of gain. It is perfect for direct connection to outdoor USB receivers like Alfa's Tube-U series.

Not sure what you need? Need assistance choosing an antenna cable or connector? Contact our sales and support staff Monday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM EST.

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March 07, 2013

Alfa AWUS051NH dual band USB adapter back in limited stock

In 2012 Alfa Network, Inc. discontinued the popular AWUS051NH dual band WiFi USB adapter, however we have been able to get a limited stock of remaining units from the Alfa factory this month. These are brand new in retail box. Hurry, as stock is limited.

Click here to go to the item page.

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March 01, 2013

We have updated our Facebook URL

When we originally joined Facebook, our company name was unavailable. We registered for Facebook using the URL Facebook.com/80211n. This week Facebook kindly gave us the user name Rokland. Our new Facebook URL is:

http://facebook.com/rokland

Like us on Facebook today to see our posts about new items and special sales. Don't worry, we aren't one of those companies that posts five times a day!

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