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Alfa AWUSO36NH High Gain USB Wireless G / N Long-Rang WiFi Network Adapter (Top Rated)

by Alfa

Price: CDN$ 39.99
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  • 802.11b/g and "N", 2000mW of power which is more powerful than ANY other WiFi adapter on the market
  • Includes a 4 inch 5 DdBi Screw-On Swivel Rubber Antenna that can be removed and upgrade up to 9dBi
  • Very Secure with wireless data encryption with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP,and AES
  • Compatible with IEEE 802.11n, 802.11b/g/n wireless standards
  • Supports driver for Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7, Linux (2.4.x/2.6.x),and Mac (10.4.x/10.5.x)
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Alfa AWUSO36NH High Gain USB Wireless G / N Long-Rang WiFi Network Adapter (Top Rated) + Alfa 9dBi WiFi Booster SMA OMNI-Directional High-Gain Screw-On Swivel Antenna With magnetic base for Alfa - WUS036H, WUS036H1W, WUS050NH, APA05, WUS036NH, WUS036NEH,AIP-W502U, AP51, R36,AIP-W502,
Price For Both: CDN$ 49.98

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 181 g
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: AWUS036NH
  • ASIN: B0035APGP6
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Aug. 2 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,253 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description


Removable 5dBi antenna (RP-SMA Connector)

Compatible with 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 WPS by S/W

Supports wireless data encryption with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP,AES

Wide Range coverage

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

Linux (2.4.x/2.6.x), Mac (10.4.x/10.5.x) Power PCv

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Solid Performance and working flawless in BT5 r3 ...what more could I say?

I'm a little skeptical about the 2000mw claim but it does have excellent range when coupled with a high power antenna.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Solved my wireless problems Feb. 23 2010
By Texas Mack - Published on Amazon.com
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I was having difficulty getting a good connection to a Linksys access point in my home (802.11g). The distance from my PC isn't actually all that far (just a couple of rooms), but apparently the walls in between and/or the low power (?) signal from the router resulted in reception hovering around 2 bars on both my laptop's built-in wireless and my desktop PC's Netgear WPN111 USB adapter (internal antenna).

Ping times to other machines on my local home network were all over the board, 5ms, 100ms, 1500ms, time-outs, it was pretty terrible. Playing online games was out of the question. PingTest.net gave me a grade "F"

So, after looking around a bit on the net and hearing generally good things about these Alfa units, I picked up this 2watt 802.11n-compatible one (figured I might be on N networks in the future).

I plugged in the Alfa, let Windows find and install drivers (I still had my Netgear USB attached at this point, to let it connect to Windows Update if needed), removed the Netgear, set up the network connection using Windows's built-in functions (didn't bother with installing Alfa's drivers/utility)...

...boom! Immediately gets 4 bars. I moved the adapter around a bit and got it to stay at 5 bars.
Local network pings are consistently <1ms and PingTest tells me "grade A." It's like night and day.

I can't say for certain if I really needed a "strongest on the market" adapter, or if any random adapter with an external antenna might have worked, but in any case, this solved all my problems very easily and didn't cost much.

For reference, the machine I'm using it on is running Windows 7 64-bit.
PingTest.net results are of course dependent on your internet connection on top of your local connection.
71 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Buyer Beware! March 24 2010
By A. G. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
As the happy owner of an Alfa AWUS036H 1000mW wireless adpater, I purchased the Alfa AWUS036NH 2000mW wireless adpater for my second computer expecting to be ecstatic.

Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the 2000mW adapter has more difficulty finding, acquiring, and maintaining connections to wireless access points than does the less expensive, supposedly less powerful 1000mW adapter.

Regardless of the combinations of cables, antennas, computers, locations, and updated drivers I tried, the 2000mW adapter consistently found fewer than half as many access points and reported far lower signal strength than did the 1000mW adapter.

Assuming that I'd received a defective item, I contacted a customer service agent at DB Roth who politely handled my call and promptly shipped a replacement adapter.

Unfortunately the second AWUS036NH performed just as badly as the first. Since both 2000mW adapters had exhibited the same behavior and the 1000mW adapter performed perfectly (as has been similarly reported by other Amazon.com customers), I have decided to exchange the 2000mW adapter for the less expensive 1000mW adapter.

DB Roth customer service has been extremely helpful. In spite of a brief misunderstanding over shipping charges, Bianca in customer service deserves very high marks.

Sadly, I can't say the same for the Alfa 2000mW adapter.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Works much better than my other wireless adaptors. Feb. 11 2010
By K. li - Published on Amazon.com
I share wireless signal from my neighbor's router, I have an old linkSys WUSB11 works ok for years, usually I get two bars on signal strength. Bought a new PC with Windows 7, also need a new adapter which supports Windows 7, I bought a LinkSys WUSB100 because it is a name brand and my previous LinkSys WUSB11 works ok. Not quite, the WUSB100 only get one bar and some times two bars on signal strength. Switched to NetGear WP111, this one works better than the WUSB100, but just marginally better. Based on Amazon reviews, try this Alfa adapter, installed the drive, connected the signal, immediately I got three bars on signal strength, it does work better than other adapters. Only one thing is, the one I bought came with the original antenna and a 15 inches 9db antenna, the 9db antenna make no different and actually worst.
Update, 9/29/2010, I saw reviews on the AWUS036H (1000mw) which is lower end model than this one. Many people claim it works better. So I give it a try, yes, it is absolute better, I got 5 bars instead 2-3 bars, the cheaper lower end model did work better. Don't waste your money just go get the AWUS036H instead, don't border to get the 9db antenna too.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Works as is. Oct. 29 2010
By Larry - Published on Amazon.com
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Out of the box works with Windows 7 x64, and Backtrack 4 R1 (vmware), I didn't even have to install the drivers just plug and play. Picked up 9 more access points then the stock wireless (Intel Wireless 4965AGN) in my laptop. I don't have any other usb adaptor to compair it to but I am going to buy the Alfa AWUS036H 1000mW to compair it with this one, also I do need 1 more wireless adaptor. I bought this mostly to pentest with Backtrack 4, and it works great with it. I only tried it on BT4 R1 wmware, I have not tried it with others.

Also I bought this after reading this from alfa's website.

"This AWUS036NH vs. Alfa's popular AWUS036H 802.11g adapter: We have compared this model to the 1-watt AWUS036H adapter from Alfa. This model pulled in more signals than the AWUS036H. However the AWUS036H was getting stronger signals to many of the access points both could detect. Not a great deal stronger, but enough to indicate the AWUS036H 1-watt adapter has a better receive sensitivity for 802.11g networks. The AWUS036H is only 802.11g standard though, whereas this AWUS036NH is 802.11n standard and can get longer ranges and faster speeds when used with 802.11n standard access points. Because 802.11n is a newer standard, many of the access points around you (in neighborhoods or places you travel) will still be 802.11g. However over the next year, many technology publications indicate that a high number of people and businesses will be upgrading their wireless networks to 802.11n to meet the growing need for faster speeds. The AWUS036NH will work with these new 802.11n signals as they begin to spring up everywhere, and will work with them better and faster than the AWUS036H and other long range Wi-Fi products on the market today. If you are trying to decide between the AWUS036H and the AWUS036NH, what it boils down to is how you want to use the product. If you plan on using mostly with 802.11g signals and are trying to get the strongest signal strengths, the AWUS036H may be the best option. If you are trying to get the best range, or will be using with 802.11n access points, the AWUS036NH is the best option. "

I hope this will help someone else out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beast Adapter Sept. 20 2011
By Killeraxemannic - Published on Amazon.com
Got one of these to do some war driving and hacking in BT5 and I coulden't be happier with my purchase. It works great and pulls in tons of signals especially if you get the 9DB gain antenna from Alfa. In highly saturated wireless areas this pulls in around 10 more acess points on average than the internal wireless in my Acer laptop. It has much more wireless N sensitivity than it does G so if you want to use the adapter for wireless G I would get the 1000MW G version instead. Windows 7 X64 can find the drivers for it from windows updates if your connected to the net when you install the adapter. It does find the latest driver.

Works great in Backtrack 5 and goes into monitor mode flawlessly.

I have never had it get hot as other reviews have stated.

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