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    Default Alfa AWUS036H Advice ?

    Hi,
    just read that the Alfa AWUS036H is working with BT4. But it seems that there are different Chipsets ....is this important for BT4 or does it work with every chipset.
    Secondly i would like to know if Alfa AWUS036H is the best decission ( comfort, compatibility) .
    What antenna should i use ? I got a +9dB round spray antenna.

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    personally I dont think Alfa is the best decision generally because is big but injection is working.
    you can use any antenna you want even 100dBi if you find it somewhere.
    im not specialist but I did lot of test for last 3 months with many antennas many adapters boosters and Backtrack 4 and 3
    most ease to setup and use was zyxell g-202
    if you want something small and good range for small money belkin f5d9050b is G+mimo
    if you want use it from home and you want good rande outside use your alfa buy 15 or 24 dBi externall antenna with cable 100mm connect antenna to adampter and use example 5m usb cable must be usb repeater if you use long antenna cable you will lose signall strengt what is not happend with usb cable. you can even use amplifire but probobly you will need modificate your driver.
    generally is you use comp outside of your homw use something small with good range example belkin
    if you use it inside your home use your alfa with externall antenna for good range
    next time you buy adapter dont look for adapter that is 500mW more important is if it is G G+ N or N1 also if is working with backtrack
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    I like Alfa due to its excellent sensitivity compared to other products. It also has a RP-SMA connector where you can attach an external antenna (not all cards support external antennas). And finally, it offers sheer power when it comes to transmitting. It's by far one of the best cards that I've tried in terms of sensitivity and range. If you're someone who wants power and range, then Alfa is a good choice, but for your average short-range everyday work and WiFi learning curve, you can use something lesser and cheaper.

    The Alfa uses RTL8187L chipset, which is supported out of the box in BT4. I have never used it in Windows.
    I have the card in me head, but you have the memory problems?

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    Agreed on everything xCPPx said. Alfa is off the charts. It's by far the best card I've handled.
    You can see people having problems with it but it's mostly newbies not being able to configure it properly.
    There are two sets of drivers - mac80211 (the new one in BT4b) and ieee80211 (the oldhiger one BT3f).
    The difference is that with the older drivers you can't connect to wpa enc. networks without using ndiswrapper (this is the one and only bad thing on Alfa - but only using the old driver). I found that the new driver tends to be a little bit unstable so I switched back to the old ieee80211 driver.
    And what I got was excellent. Highpower - txpower control, perfect injection, drastically improved range, stability ....

    And still in very affordable price range (got it for 57$ of ebay, and to compare with the wusb54c that I gave 65$ for - in Croatia < Balkan )

    Today I tested it with the Parabolic Reflector Antenna from Xploitz thread

    http://forums.remote-exploit.org/showthread.php?t=7130

    I was stunned.
    Cracked my WEP from 200m away with my first try cardboard foil glue thingy. Nice "backfire" it is.
    I know I'm a bit late but Xploitz, you rock man.
    You're one dude.

    Sorry for hijacking the thread I kindda wondered of.

    Alfa is the best price-range choice.
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    Just to add my two cents, and quote xCPPx; for everyday use, you can use something lesser and cheaper. I'm using AirLive WL-5480USB-80 802.11g WLAN USB, it has a RP-SMA connector, and it's well supported in BT3-4. Also, you may consider buying an Edimax EW-7318USg (comes with RP-SMA connector, as well) which works extremely well with BT3-4 ( look at Larbig's page , here ) . I like Alfa very much, but it is not the only choice...sometimes, i've got higher injection rates with Ovislink shooting at my WRT54GL than with Alfa. Don't forget, you will not become an ace just because of Alfa
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    A small note perhaps. Some people claim that the newer mac80211 driver offers worse sensitivity than the older ieee80211 driver for Alfa as the number of access points displayed in airodump/kismet appears to be smaller with the former driver. I have yet to test this out some day.
    I have the card in me head, but you have the memory problems?

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    @ NaZirCon

    Agreed and a point well made. Neither Alfa or any other card will get you to the l33t fl33t status. You have to do it on your own.

    @ xCPPx

    A true claim. Had the same experience. Did not test 'cause I'm not yet willing to install the mac80211 back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by #mfBaranian# View Post
    I found that the new driver tends to be a little bit unstable so I switched back to the old ieee80211 driver.
    And what I got was excellent. Highpower - txpower control, perfect injection, drastically improved range, stability ....
    How did you do this please? Are you using the ieee drivers in BT4b?

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    reverting to ieee drivers has been covered before, just do a search


    in response to mac802 drivers, it doesnt work properly even with additional patches in terms of basic connections to AP

    if we could get it working then it would be awesome

    i did some work with airbase-ng and mac80211 drivers, I had more success with these newer ones than the ieee drivers,


    any theories on why the mac drivers are given us problems?

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