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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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 220.127.116.11). 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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!
(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.
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.