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    Default How to distinguish the two versions of Alfa AWUS036H? (500mW vs 1000mW)

    Hi.

    I'm thinking in buying this usb dongle but in some places they sell it as AWUS036H-V5 1000mW and others as AWUS036H 1000mW.

    The question is: How to know you are buying the real 1000mW version and not the 500mW?

    What are the physical diferences in the dongle? What are the differences in the boxes?

    Also, do you know a cheap to place to order if you live in europe?

    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: How to distinguish the two versions of Alfa AWUS036H? (500mW vs 1000mW)

    Data alliance ships to "mainland" Europe from the UK.

    Data Alliance: Long-Distance Wireless Networking Equipment & Support


    I have ordered from them several times without any problems at all.

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    Default Re: How to distinguish the two versions of Alfa AWUS036H? (500mW vs 1000mW)

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: How to distinguish the two versions of Alfa AWUS036H? (500mW vs 1000mW)

    Quote Originally Posted by verysofttoiletpaper View Post
    Hi.

    I'm thinking in buying this usb dongle but in some places they sell it as AWUS036H-V5 1000mW and others as AWUS036H 1000mW.

    The question is: How to know you are buying the real 1000mW version and not the 500mW?

    What are the physical diferences in the dongle? What are the differences in the boxes?

    Also, do you know a cheap to place to order if you live in europe?

    Thank you in advance
    (1) As far as I know there is no obvious way to tell the difference between the two models.
    (2) My experience in the USA is that the customer support at Data Alliance is poor although they do ship quickly.

    At the end of the day the results from Data Alliance testing show only a 7% difference between the two models. So I'm not sure that it makes a big difference which one you get. 500 mW is 27 dBm and one watt is 30dBm.

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    Default Re: How to distinguish the two versions of Alfa AWUS036H? (500mW vs 1000mW)

    The 1w version has the number "1" printed on it, the 500mW version doesnt.



    zoom on this pic, the alfa connected to the laptop is the 500mW version.

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    Default Re: How to distinguish the two versions of Alfa AWUS036H? (500mW vs 1000mW)

    Thank you. That means that I got the 1W version

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    Default Re: How to distinguish the two versions of Alfa AWUS036H? (500mW vs 1000mW)

    You also have 2 different printed circuit boards:

    -green for the old 500 mW
    -blue for the new 1000 mW

    On the pcb of the new one, you can read REV:R01

    You can see some pictures and some comparative tests here: Alfa Network Awus036h 500mW VS Awus036h 1000mW.
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