Alfa AWUS036NHR - High-Gain 2000mw 2W 802.11 B/G/N Wireless USB Network Adaptor - Wireless-N 802.11n Wi-Fi - 150Mbps - 2.4 GHz - 5dBi Antenna - Long Range - Realtek Chipset - Strongest on the Market - NEWEST VERSION
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- Includes a convenient Utility for scanning available networks and saving preferred networks that users usually connected with
- Compatible with IEEE 802.11b, 802.11b and 802.11bn wireless standards
- Includes a 4-inch 5 DdBi Screw-On Swivel Rubber Antenna that can be removed and upgrade up to a 9dBi antenna
- Includes driver for Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 - Mac (10.4.x/10.5.x/10.6.x) Power PC& PC
- High security Wireless data encryption with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES4n, 802.1X support, WPA-PSK, WPA II-PSK, Cisco CCX support, WAPI-PSK, WAPI-CERT
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This is the long awaited successor to Alfa's popular AWUS036H. The AWUS036NHR utilizes a new 802.11n chipset from Realtek (RTL8188RU) and is light years ahead of its predecessor. Alfa's AWUS036NHR combines the fast speed of 802.11n with long range reception for both 802.11g and 802.11n standards. This Device is the best Alfa has Produced yet.
If you’re built-in Wi-Fi adapter is not picking up your Router or if you are trying to pick up Wi-Fi from long distances then this is the device to get! The AWUS036NH Receiver sensitivity will allow you to connect from greater distances and get stronger signals to Wi-Fi networks around you. With maximum speeds of 150 mbps to 802.11n routers, AWUS036NHR is also a perfect solution for video streaming, large downloads, and online gaming. Windows 7 users can easily turn AWUS036NHR into a simultaneous access point using Connectify, a free program
Most Network Adaptors can get great Range and sensitivity when the router that they are receiving form is set to "N-only" mode which blocks backward compatibility with B and G adaptors but most people are not able to set the router to N-only mode as this would block connectivity for G-only devices like iPhones, Android phones, and many DVRs. This AWUS036NHR is one of the first Wi-Fi adapters to get very good receive sensitivity to both 802.11n-only, 802.11n/g mixed, and 802.11g networks
- Compatible with IEEE 802.11n, 802.11b/g/n wireless standards
- 2.4GHz frequency band, MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output)
- Complies with Universal Serial Bus Rev. 2.0 specifications
- High speed transfer TX data rate up to 150 Mbps
- Supports wireless data encryption with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES4n
- Support software AP
- Compliant with FCC Part 15.247 for US, ETS 300 328 for Europe
- Supports driver for Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 - Mac (10.4.x/10.5.x/10.6.x) Power PC& PC.
Top Customer Reviews
I receive my Wifi from an access point about 100 yards away, with a large metal building in between. I have an outdoor directional antenna, the TP-Link NT TL-ANT2424B 2.4G 24dBi (Which is a fantastic directional wifi antenna). I have low loss coax running into my house and have easy access to switch the adapters for testing. I use Vistumbler to compare my signal strengths using the different adapters. Here are the results:
With my original Alfa AWUS036H, I have a signal of 64%. Plenty of signal for a fast connection. I removed it and switched to the Alfa AWUS036NHR. The signal dropped to an unbelievable 6% to 7%! A worthless connection as you can imagine.
Just for the heck of it, I removed it and added, inline, a TP-Link TL-WN722N 150Mbps High Gain Wireless USB Adapter that I had laying around. The Vistumbler results from this adapter was a 34% signal, which I am using now to watch Netflix and write this review.
In conclusion I would recommend purchasing the Alfa AWUS036H for your high power requirements. If you do not require a high power wifi adapter that can reach a mile+, but will greatly outperform your built-in laptop wifi adapter, you can't go wrong with the TP-Link-TL-WN722N.
Oh BTW, I have bought many items from this seller and highly recommend.
So for the linux experience it was a bit better, at first my version of kali which I downloaded in june didn't work out of the box with this adapter, I also tried to install the driver that I downloaded online only to get the compile error #2. This issue was later fixed by grabbing and installing updated linux-headers as well as doing an apt-get update on the whole system, only then would the driver fully install and work. I have 0 issues using this in linux now vs windows, didn't take quite as much configuration as windows did besides the update and packages.
The support for this product really lacks whenever I called support it would go to Voice mail box, and I also emailed them my initial problem quite sometime ago, heck I even messaged them 3 different times with different email addresses and still haven't received any response.
So if you buy this product please have somewhat of a solid foundation in fixing computer related things yourself. Understanding how wireless works will also help you quite a bit.
I really would hate to go through an RMA process with this company since it seems like their support is quite flaky and unresponsive.
Initially I rated the AWUS036NHR One-Star because it would drop the network connection every minute or so, signal strengths would vary wildly, and connection speeds would dip to a crawl. After contacting their tech support department, however, they were able to tweak the driver so that the connections were much more stable, AND they sent me a new unit. This did the trick. I still get dropped connections (I have to refresh available networks and reconnect, no big deal) but only every hour or two, and only when surfing. When downloading, it doesnt seem to be an issue. If you run 10.7 or 10.8 and do encounter any of the aforementioned issues, contact the company directly at email@example.com and they'll be able to send you the most up to date drivers. They usually got back to me in a few hours despite the time difference in Taiwan.
So its been about a month since I purchased this unit. Sadly this unit took a dive for the worst. The unit still powers but cannot find many networks compared to what it used to find. Initially I would pick up roughly 15 surrounding networks and now I can only 3 networks. My macbook pro's network card can find more networks. It worked great for the time I had it but its crap now...