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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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January 27, 2013

US Post Office and UPS price increases

The US Postal service increased postage rates today, and UPS has also increased rates this January.

The good news is have not made any changes in our standard US shipping. Our FREE Standard Saver shipping remains free for all products on our web site!

Unfortunately due to a historic and unprecedented 59% hike in International postage, we have increased rates to Canada. For small packages the increase is from $5.00 to $7.95. For other packages the increase averages about $4.95 per shipment. Previously legislation has capped Postal rate hikes to limit the amount of annual rate increases, but as the government looks for new ways to increase revenue and taxes, in October these caps were removed for some methods of shipping. Similar historic hikes may be happening for domestic package services in 2014.

For UPS 2 Day Guaranteed service, or rate has increased from $20.00 to $22.75 at the 1 lb rate, and from $24.00 to $26.00 at the 2 lb rate.

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January 06, 2013

Alfa AWUS036NH and AWUS036NEH now support Windows 8

Use Alfa's AWUS036NH and AWUS036NEH adapters to get long range Wi-Fi reception on your Windows 8 computer. Download the Windows 8 install software here.

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December 04, 2012

2012 Holiday Shipping Timetable

Holiday Shipping Timetable:

All of our items come with FREE Standard Saver shipping. For Standard Saver, we use the most economical carrier for your package weight, which may be UPS or the US Postal Service.So there is no specific cutoff date to receive by December 25th, but we recommend purchasing by December 13th if you are on the west coast and December 18th for east coast buyers.

We do offer UPS 2 Business Day Guaranteed service at checkout. To receive before December 25th you must order with UPS 2 Day on or before December 19th.

Happy holidays from all of us at Rokland!

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November 05, 2012

Installing Alfa AWUS036H on a Windows 8 Pro laptop




(Update July 6, 2015: it appears Microsoft's online database now includes the latest INF file for this device which is from Realtek from 12/2009. So you may not need to go through the manual process outlined in the video. Try the following process first, then try the video if no luck: You must be connected to Internet first through internal Wi-Fi or Ethernet for this to work. Go to Device Manager, go to Other section, and right click "RT81787" device, and select Update Driver. Then select "Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software". Allow wizard to finish. Note this process will not work if you do not have Internet access through your internal Wi-Fi card or built-in Ethernet when doing it.)

We have tested the Alfa AWUS036H 1000mW long range WiFi USB adapter on Windows 8. There is also a range comparison to the on-board WiFi card at the end.

On our Toshiba notebook, it was plug and play, no driver needed. In this video we also show how to install the driver manually in case it is not plug and play for you (for this part, expand the video window or put in full screen mode to see on-screen text clearly). There is no official Windows 8 driver for this product yet, so this video details how to install using the Windows 7 driver. The Alfa Client Utility program is not currently compatible, but you can use the Windows 8 Connection Manager to scan for and connect to networks. Let us know in the comments section below if installation was also plug and play for you.

Update 11/15/2013: No video? No problem. Click here to see an online Windows 8 driver install guide for AWUS036H from Alfa Network, Inc. Note that this guide pertains to any Realtek RTL8187L based device from Alfa including AWUS036EW, UBDo-gt8, and Tube-U(G).


Update 7/13/2014: Several buyers have referenced they had an easier time doing the install by taking these steps:

1. Computer must already be connected to Internet using internal WiFi, then plug in AWUS036H adapter
2. Press Windows key + X key on Windows 8 desktop screen and select "Device Manager" from the popup menu
3. Under Network Adapters, click this device once to highlight, then right-click and select Update Driver Software
4. Cick "Search Automatically for updated driver software

This may not work for everyone.

Update 3/19/2016: Our staff and some customers have found that the above process also works for many Windows 10 PCs. Some customers have not had success so this should be seen as a possible solution and not a guarantee of Windows 10 compatibility.

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October 26, 2012

Alfa AWUS036NHA open source driver information for Linux

The Alfa AWUS036NHA uses the Atheros AR9271 chipset and does not support Linux directly. There is an open source driver available for Linux use.

http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/ath

Please note we post this link as an informational resource only and are not currently able to provide support for this open source information or for installing or using AWUS036NHA in Linux.

Update 10/31: Alfa Network, Inc, has posted this useful how-to on their blog.

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September 08, 2012

How to optimize your Alfa R36 router

If you own an Alfa R36 router, you probably appreciate the fact that you can receive a long range WiFi signal and share it as a new hotspot around your home, boat, or any other place you may use it.

You can also optimize your R36 for best results. At its heart, the Alfa R36 is a repeater- but with a major advantage. You can use it with a compatible Alfa AWUS036H (or AWUS036NH or AWUS036NHR if you have the R36 NH/NHR version) to pull in a distant WiFi signal and repeat it so that other devices like iPads and laptops can use the new signal. Like regular repeaters, the R36 contains an access point to broadcast the new hotspot, and this can be configured.

We are going to cover three areas of configuration in this article, numbered on the photo below.  To change these settings, log in to your R36 using an Ethernet cable, and click the Advanced tab. Under Wireless Settings, select 'Basic'.


 

1. Network Mode

The default network mode is 11/b/g/n mixed mode. This allows any standard WiFi device to connect to your hotspot, whether it’s 802.11b, 802.1g, or 802.11n. This maximizes compatibility but limits the performance of your network if only newer standard WiFi devices will be connecting to the hotspot. For example, if you have only 802.11n standard WiFi devices (most modern laptops come equipped with built-in 802.11n WiFi adapters, however early generation iPhones have 802.11g WiFi receivers), you can change this to 11n only. This optimizes the performance of your new hotspot for 802.11n devices, but blocks backward compatibility with 802.11b/g devices. If you change to 11n only, we recommend writing a note and taping it to the top of the R36 for future reference. If you forget you have made this change and have a visitor come over one day with just an 802.11g equipped laptop, they will not be able to connect. Once you have changed the network mode, click Apply at the bottom to save changes.

2. Channel

Routers in North America have 11 channels. Every WiFi access point/router sends out its signal on one of these channels. If you have more than one WiFi signal nearby being broadcast on the same channel, this is known as channel crowding. This reduces performance on the network. Because most router manufacturers use default channels of 1, 6, and 11, chances are that there will be several signals around you on the same channel (if you are in a city area where you can see 20+ networks, channel crowding can be a major problem). To prevent channel crowding, click the channel menu and change the channel to as different one not likely to be a router default. Be sure to click Apply at the bottom when finished.

3. Channel Bandwidth

At the bottom of the 'Basic' settings screen, there are two options for channel bandwidth- 20 and 20/40. The default is 20. If you are experiencing slower speeds, switch it to 20/40 to see if this improves your speed. Click Apply at the bottom to save changes.

4. Placement of equipment

When using the R36 in conjunction with an Alfa USB adapter, try to put the USB adapter as far away from the R36 as the USB cable allows, and, if possible, several feet higher. Having the Alfa USB receiving antenna on a different horizontal level than the R36 transmitting antenna helps reduce immediate radio interference between the two devices. Having your Alfa USB adapter higher in the air will often allow it to receive signal more clearly and over a greater distance.

All of these things may be useful in optimizing or troubleshooting your R36 router.

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August 03, 2012

Alfa AWUS036NH AWUS036NEH Mac OS Mountain Lion Beta live

Today we have a Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) beta software package for Alfa AWUS036NH and AWUS036NEH. The package can be downloaded here.

This beta is for new installs only. If you already have software for your AWUS036NH or AWUS036NEH on your Mac, please uninstall it in full before installing this beta package.

While we are not able to officially support AWUS036NH or AWUS036NEH on Mountain Lion yet, please send your feedback and bug reports to us by email.


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August 02, 2012

n3 Mac OS Mountain Lion beta drivers now available

Owners of the Rokland n3 long range USB WiFi adapter for Mac can now try the n3 on Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion using this special beta software package we have created.

Once you have downloaded the file, open it and- if your Mac already has n3 software previously installed- run the uninstaller first to remove old software.

Then, after restarting, run the installer. When complete, you should be able to connect your n3 to your Mac and use it as normal. There have been no changes made to the user interface.

While we are not able to officially support n3 on Mountain Lion yet, please send your feedback and bug reports to us by email




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