ALFA AWUS036NHA is an 802.11n wireless USB adapter from ALFA Network, Inc. with a top connection speed of 150 mbps. It has an Atheros AR9271 chipset
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The Atheros chipset offers faster true throughput speeds to your ISP compared to other 150 mbps 802.11n products. This unit is ideal for video-streaming, online gaming, and large downloads. It is not as long a range as other options from ALFA including the AWUS036NH, or the AWUS036NHR 802.11n USB adapter. While this has the same max connection rate (150 mbps) as other 802.11n products, we have found the true throughput speed to be better.
Compatibility: This is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 out of box (software included on CD). Windows 10 drivers are not included on CD but can be found here.
We have also found this product compatible with Tamosoft TamoGraph Site Survey.
Linux use: This adapter is quickly becoming a favorite among Linux users. It is supported in Backtrack 5 and Kali out of box. Here are some links related to Linux use. Note that Linux is a user supported community, and we are not able to provide installation help or technical support for Linux. We cannot confirm compatibility for any specific distro.
This is a single band (2.4 GHz) 802.11n adapter with maximum transfer speeds of 150 megabits per second (mbps). This is for one brand new (in retail box) AWUS036NHA wireless adapter with USB cable 5 dBi gain antenna, and installation CD. Some ALFA models include a bonus mount accessory, this one does not.
-Compatible with IEEE 802.11n, 802.11b/g/n wireless standards
-2.4GHz frequency band
-USB 2.0 standard
* High speed transfer TX data rate up to 150 Mbps
* Supports wireless data encryption with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES
* features Atheros Align® technology
* Works with Windows XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64
FAQ- some common questions about Alfa AWUS036NHA 800mW USB adapter w/ 5 dBi antenna kit:
Since this has 800mW output, it will have the longest range and stronger signals than any other product with lesser power, right?
-Sometimes retailers have a tendency to promote a specific attribute of a product as if it is the only thing that matters. In fact, while higher output is a good thing, it is not the only thing that determines your range and signal strength.
How far away can I pick up signals with this?
-For this question there is no exact answer. Wireless range is an imperfect science. The range you get with any adapter will vary markedly depending on the strength and quality of the wireless access point being used, as well as obstacles and interference in the area. Keep in mind that interference can often be invisible.
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Return Policy: You may return any item, open or used, for an exchange or refund at your discretion within 30 days of receipt. Because range can vary greatly based on your environment, if you are not sure a particular product will meet your range needs please contact us before buying. Orders with free shipping selected will incur a 10% restocking fee to help us cover the original shipping cost, unless the item is defective or different from the advertisement. Any expedited shipping charges paid, including return shipping, are never refundable. If you opt for an exchange, we will pay to ship the replacement to you. Items must be returned the way they were received, with all pieces, documentation, and retail packaging (if applicable) included. For bulk purchases, see our bulk purchase return policy here.
If your looking for a USB wifi adapter for 2.4ghz 802.11n networks that works on both windows 7,8,10 as well as linux, then this would be my go to recommendation. Decent range, good connectivity, and I'm going to quote someone else's words here, "Atheros: good, old, gold!" With the atheros ar9271 chipset, I've had no problems so far. With windows I only use this device for basic connectivity but within linux, I've tested all aspects of monitor mode, injection, capturing handshakes, etc... I haven't messed with increasing the tx power on this device but honestly its probably not needed. If that's something you need, there seems to be methods out there or you can simply look into an equivalent priced Alfa awus036NH model (teal color) which I've read can easily adjust tx power. But on the contrary, also contains a different chipset. At the end of the day, any device out there will have its pros and cons and I suggest doing your research accordingly to suit your needs. At the end of the day this is a good all around product for my needs.
Tested on Windows 7, and Win 10 pro
Tested on Parrot OS; a debian derivative