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ALFA Network 1000mW AWUS036H High Power Wireless G 802.11g WiFi USB Adapter with 5dBi Antenna

ALFA Network 1000mW AWUS036H High Power Wireless G 802.11g WiFi USB Adapter with 5dBi Antenna

he Alfa AWUS036H is the latest version 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 8187L
Output 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 6.3cm
Weight 38.5g

For MAC OS 10.6.7 and later version, we suggest AWUS036NHR, AWUS036NH, AWUS036NEH, AWUS051NH.

  • 4″ +2.5dBi Rubber Duck Antenna
  • 802.11b/g, 500mW of power which is more powerful than any other WiFi 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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Question by jamasyk: How can I make my wireless signal stronger?
I recently got cricket wireless broadband. It has a wireless usb modem, no router. There is a place on the modem to plug in a “signal booster” or “antenna”, I am not sure what to call it. Please help, what do I need to hook it up to to make it faster?
What I am looking for is a y cable.

Best answer:

Answer by ragtops
An antenna is a signal booster in the sense that it will pick up a weaker signal than the unit can do without it. Some antennas are better than others. I’d suggest you contact cricket and tell them your signal isn’t strong enough and you need a signal booster. They are likely to give you one, rather than have an unhappy customer…
Note that the speed of your connection isn’t going to change. That’s fixed. What should change is your reliability, i.e. you’ll have a better connection, but not a faster one.

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  1. 689 of 709 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best WiFi antenna on the market but better with the 7dBi panel antenna, August 25, 2011
    Lincoln (Arizona, USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    Nearly all Amazon.com reviewers agree, the Alfa AWUS036H is the long range WiFi antenna on the market. But with 3 antenna options to chose from, which is the best setup?

    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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  2. 146 of 151 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Really does improve signal strength!, February 4, 2009
    Dixie Blue Eyes (USA) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    I purchased this item because I live in the country and the cable company refuses me service. I recently purchased a laptop and was able to pick up a weak signal from my neighbor’s router (with their permission) so I bought this in hopes of boosting the signal. I immediately went from 1 bar to 3 and sometimes even 4. They are also selling this same adapter with a bigger antenna and I am thinking about trying that one out. I have used this with Vista and XP and it works great with both though I did have to download drivers for Vista off website but it was no big deal. I am a mom and no computer whiz and searched the internet for the best adapter and a decent price and was a little weary about this but it is working great so far.


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  3. 42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    WiFi Connection at Amazing Distances, January 28, 2010
    J. Wolfe (London) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    This gadget is a truly amazing device for picking up WiFi signals from a lot further away than is normally possible. WiFi is a wireless internet connection technology which normally works over a maximum distance of 100 – 200 metres (300 – 600ft). Due to the fact that this device features a much more sensitive aerial receiver, as well as a much stronger transmitter, it greatly extends the distance you can connect to a WiFi hotspot. Most laptops have a built in 50mW WiFi transmitter, so at 500mW this one is 10 times as powerful. With the Alfa, you *might* expect to still be able to connect to WiFi hotspots 2 – 3 km (1 – 2 miles) away, sometimes further. For the process of ‘wardriving’ (connecting to free WiFi hotspots on your travels), this device would seem ideal.

    It connects to your computer using a standard USB cable, which means you can keep your laptop in a convenient location, while clipping the adaptor somewhere where the reception is better – such as next to your window. Assuming that you already have an internet connection, it will automatically find and download it’s own drivers (It identifies itself to the computer as a Realtek RTL8187 Wireless Network Adaptor). There are specialist drivers for many different operating systems (Eg. Mac / Linux) available from the Alfa website at […], and you should definitely consider using one of these drivers if it fails to automatically install.

    I work on a cruise ship where the only standard connection is via a satellite, and the internet is correspondingly very expensive. I bought this WiFi extender to see if I could connect to free WiFi hotspots in our ports of call – without leaving the ship!! I’ve previously tried to connect to WiFi hotspots using my laptop’s built in WiFi, but the distances are usually too great and connection is usually very slow (or drops out completely after a few seconds of use). I’ve only been using the Alfa for a couple of weeks, but it has completely revolutionized my browsing habits. My cruise ship goes to 8 different ports of call in 2 weeks, and I am now able to find free WiFi hotspots in 7 out of 8 ports. Often I am able to connect whilst still inside my cabin, by placing the adaptor next to the cabin porthole. If that is not possible, I go to the front of the ship and sit on the deck-chairs.

    Browsing performance is usually fast and responsive, more so if there is a single obvious hotspot to connect to. If you are in the centre of town where there are many different hotspots available, you will need a good strong one which stands out from the crowd. A clear line of sight to the WiFi hotspot is also useful, as buildings and/or mountains will usually degrade the signal significantly. My cabin on the ship is 20 metres (60ft) above the sea, so I usually get a good line of sight. At this slightly raised elevation, the performance of the device is usually good, and sometimes exceptional. I have easily connected to WiFi hotspots 2 – 3km (1 – 2 miles) away, and browsed with broadband speeds. At its most breathtaking, the ship was cruising up the east coast of Mexico, and I was able to connect and (slowly) browse some of the free beach resort WiFi’s in Cancun – and that was at least 12km (8 miles) away.

    I did mention that you needed a good strong WiFi signal which stands out from the crowd. Not all hotspots transmit with the same power – some are weak and some are strong. Grand Cayman is a good example of why you can still have difficulty finding a WiFi hotspot when there are still loads of them around. Cayman is well developed and there is a WiFi hotspot on every corner and hotel. Using a WiFi sniffing program (InSSIDer) and the Alfa, I was able to count more than 200 WiFi signals probably covering the entire west of the island. Normally, with the WiFi signal degrading beyond 100 – 200 metres, the different hotspots don’t interfere with each other. With the Alfa able to find literally hundreds of hotspots, and with those hotspots using the same channels and frequencies, I think there is a lot of interference with each other and this slows the internet connection and makes it difficult to connect. In Grand Cayman, 500 metres away from about 20 – 30 relatively weak hotspots, I had difficulty connecting to any one of them. So, rather counter-intuitively, in a built up area with multiple weak hotspots, you might be better off walking closer to a hotspot you know, unplugging your Alfa, and using your laptop’s weaker built-in WiFi.

    Hints & Tips… With the WiFi signal travelling over such long distances, and with the greater possibility of signal interference or dropout, there is likely to be more variability in your browsing experience. Sometimes you will be able to connect; Sometimes not. Sometimes you will be browsing at broadband speeds; sometimes at telephone dial-up speeds. The message to take away is to keep persevering. Sometimes a hotspot will…

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  4. You can buy a standard N wireless router. This wont increase the speed but increase the range to where it can operate at its quickest.

    An extended antenna can also help somewhat. If you want a good reliable router, buy a linksys router or D-Link, preferably Linksys. Never had a problem with them

    Also, there is a firmware you can reflash it with called DD-WRT, google it and go to the router database and type in your model. This firmware is amazing and increases the functionality of your router.

    With this you can use features such as QoS (quality of service) which you can specify which applications will get the majority of broadband or you can also specify which computer on the network gets highest priority.
    You can also overclock the router and increase the range at which it broadcasts at or decrease it to prevent your signal from bleeding out of your house perimeter

    Also, want a secure and fast browser, use Google Chrome. IE is over-rated and look at it this way, it comes on every computer you buy so it is the most used browser. Don’t you think it’d make sense that thats why hackers target IE. That’s why alternate browsers are better. Hope this helped

  5. I also have Cricket using the A600 USB modem. A Y cable comes with the A600 modem. If you have this modem check in the box it came in. The Y cable is in the bottom under a cardboard flap.

    They have another modem but I dont know if it comes with a Y cable. The Y cable should be available at any computer store and maybe BestBuy or Radio Shack. It pluge one USB device into 2 USB ports on your computer. It adds a voltage boost to help signal reception. If you have two lighted connection bars the Y cable might get you three. I had two bars and the Y cable didnt help at all. I just had to get an extension cable and move the modem around. I use it on a stationary desktop PC so it never moves but from day to day I have to move the modem for better reception.

    I hope your experience is better than mine. It was fair for 40 days or so. It was never fast enough to watch video like they show in their tv commercials. After 40 days though it dropped to a crawl speed. I can barely access my text emails, I get pages timing out and many pages dont load fully without 3 or 4 tries. I have 3 connection bars so they said my signal was good. I spent 3 days trying to get hold of tech support. Kept being put on hold for half an hour then a message says please call back later. Finally got through. After an hour tech support couldnt figure it out and told me to call back later. I went to the store and they couldnt fix it. Im checking other providers now. Im dumping Cricket soon as I can. I live in Chicago. I cant imagine how service is in smaller cities.

    I suspect they keep customers on high speeds for thirty days because during that time you can get a full refund. They dont want that. Once thirty days pass they cut your speed regardless of your usage to conserve bandwidth on their inferior network.

    Cricket isnt new. Theyve been in business a long time but theyve had several name changes. Maybe they change names after many customers get ticked off at them. Try to start over with a name no one knows. Its horrible.

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