|Wireless Type||802.11G, 802.11B|
Alfa Network 1000mW High Power Wireless G 802.11g Wi-Fi USB Adapter with 5dBi Antenna AWUS036H
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- 4" +2.5dBi Rubber Duck Antenna
- 802.11b/g, 500mW of power which is more powerful than any other Wi-Fi adapter on the market
- Very Secure with 64/128/256bit WEP Encryption, TKIP, WPA,WPA2, 802.11i
- Drivers included on CD for Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, WinCE 5.0, XP, 2003, Vista, Mac OS X 10.3/10.4 and GNU/Linux
- Laptops with PC express, Laptops with PC express, Laptops with USB, Desktops with USB, Packet Injection in Linux
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The Alfa AWUS036H is one of the most powerful card available. This has a stunning 1000mW output power. So if you are looking for a device to connect to an outdoor 2.4 GHz antenna, such as on a boat or an RV, this is a perfect solution. It outperforms wireless cards that are built in to newer laptops. Adding this to your laptop or desktop computer will enhance range and signal quality at longer distances. And works with Win98SE/200/ME/XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux (kernel 2.6.6 and later) and Macintosh (OS version 10.4). And the necessary drivers for ALL of these operating systems are included on CD-ROM Connects at a full 54Mbps via USB 2.0, up to 8 times faster than a USB 1.1 adapter High gain upgradeable Compact size for greater flexibility Also compatible with USB 1.1 desktop and notebook computers Plug-and-Play Compatible with windows 98SE, 2000, Millennium, XP and Linux High security 64/128/256bit WEP Encryption, TKIP, WPA, 802.11 Data Rate 802.11b: UP to 11Mbps, 802.11g: 54Mbps Antenna Type 1 x 2.4Ghz SMA connector Chipset Realtek 8187LOutput Power 24dBm (OFDM), 30dBm(CCK)Frequency Stability within +25 ppm Data Modulation Type BPSK,QPSK, CCK and OFDM Security WEP 64/128, 802.1X support, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), WPA-PSK ,WPA II .Dimensions 8.5 x 2.2 x 6.3cmWeight 38.5gFor MAC OS 10.6.7 and later version, we suggest AWUS036NHR, AWUS036NH, WUS036NEH, AWUS051NH. Not Compatible with Windows 8.1.
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I own the all 3 wi-fi antennas from Alpha: 5dBi omni-directional, 7dBi panel, 9dBi omni-directional. The Alfa AWUS036H with the 7dBi antenna is the best performing set up: Alfa AWUS036H Upgraded to 1000mW 1W 802.11b/g High Gain USB Wireless Long-Rang WiFi network Adapter with 5dBi Rubber Antenna and a 7dBi Panel Antenna - for Wardriving & Range Extension *Strongest on the Market*
With the 5dBi omni antenna, I can get 2-3 bars from a public wi-fi signal a little over 1 mile away (direct line of sight).
With the 9dBi omni antenna, I get only 0-1 bar with dropped signals.
With the 7dBi panel antenna, I get 3-4 bars with the fastest data transfer rates.
I have even tested the 5dBi and 7 dBi side by side and the 7dBi loads web pages in less than 1/2 the speed as the 5dBi antenna.
I have done a fair amount of research before purchasing the Alfa AWUS036H unit. The general consensus is that this unit has much better performance for B and G networks than the newer Alfa AWUS036NH model. But for accessing N networks, the newer model is necessary.
Although I still own the 5dBi and 9dBi antennas, I only ever use the 7dBi panel antenan. It's actually shorter in size and easier to transport than the 5dBi model. Go with the 7dBi - you'll get the best performance.
***** UPDATED COMPARISON *****
Aug 25, 2011: Using Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor software, I compared the signal strength of this Alfa AWUS036H with the 7dBi panel antenna Alfa 2.4HGz 7dBi Booster SMA Panel High-Gain Screw-On Swivel Antenna or to the new High Power USB-Yagi Plug and Play directional WiFi Antenna 802.11n 2200mW /NextG USB-Yagi Plug & Play 11N Long Range WiFi antenna 2200mW. In nearly every test location, the Alfa rated 1 bar better and -10 RSSI (Receiving Signal Strength Indication) better (with RSSI signals negative numbers are better).
Although the 2200mW Yagi antenna is much larger and twice the power, it pulls in a weaker signal and slower data transfer than the 1000mW Alfa 7dBi panel antenna.
Still this Alfa AWUS036H is the best performing wi-fi antenna on the market. Thank you Alfa!
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1) This Alfa Network 1000mW High Power Wireless G 802.11g Wi-Fi USB Adapter AWUS036H.
2) TP-LINK TL-ANT2424B 2.4GHz 24dBi Directional Grid Parabolic Antenna, N Female connector. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CFATOW?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_5
3) Alfa R36 802.11 b/g/N Repeater and Range Extender for AWUS036H.
4) C2G / Cables To Go 42220 RP-SMA Male to N-Male Wi-Fi Adapter (this is to connect the Alfa USB adapter to the antenna cable). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GUSCH6?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00
These four items are the basic set of equipment you will need. REMEMBER: Even this antenna will not get you internet if the router you are trying to reach is not line of sight, without substantial obstructions. It may go through some light trees - or through a wall if the router you are trying to reach is close. But don't expect a high speed connection. IT WILL NOT WORK if the router you are trying to reach is behind a hill. If you can't see it, you're going to have trouble even with this setup.
Following is the best website for designing long distance wifi antenna systems, read everything it has to say before starting your project. https://www.ab9il.net/wlan-projects/wifi6.html
When it arrived it had much worse performance than any other WiFi card I had.
Since dbroth had great rating on Amazon, it never occurred to me that it could be a fake and I just assume the product was overhyped.
Today I randomly thought “let's see what's inside.” When I opened it, something was off—I remembered seeing a photo of an opened AWUS036H and it looked different: It had a blue PCB and shielding. In my “AWUS036H” the PCB was green and there was no shielding.
“But it has the holographic sticker!” I thought. Well, upon closer inspection, while the sticker is holographic, it doesn't change colors the way it's supposed to (compared to my 100% genuine AWUS036NH).
After doing some more research I found out these green PCB fakes were quite common and that dbroth, despite their amazing Amazon rating, are known for not delivering products, terrible customer service and selling fakes.
I wish I had done my homework before placing the order.