Monday, June 08, 2009

Alfa AWUS036H 500mW Wireless USB adapter is Windows 7 RC compatible

Today we are beginning our Windows 7 Release Candidate testing project. In the coming weeks we plan to test many of our products on Windows 7 Release Candidate. It is important to note that because Microsoft may make changes to the final release of Windows 7, compatibility claims in this post are only for Windows 7 Release Candidate. While unlikely, it is possible a product will work in the release candidate, but not in the final version. We don't really anticipate that though given that Microsoft has said that for the most part any hardware that works with Vista will work with Windows 7.

For the first of our tests we hooked up an Alfa AWUS036H 500mW adapter. A popup window appeared on the screen saying Windows could not install the product because there was no driver. The only option given was to find out more information. We clicked on that option and it told us we could try installing software from the maker of the device, which we had planned to do anyhow.

We then ran the Setup.exe program for Windows Vista which is found on the Alfa factory CD inside the Vista folder. The program opened fine, and along the way Windows offered another popup explaining that Windows could not verify the maker of the driver package, and asked if we wanted to continue installing the driver or stop. We continued, of course, and the program completed. At one point it looked like it might have been in a loop, because we did get the same popup from Windows a second time saying the maker of the driver could not be verified. However we continued through the process, and the installation completed. We were then able to go online with the device.

Note: while this likely means that other adapters we have which use the same chipset and driver as the Alfa AWUS036H (such as the AWUS036E and AWUS036EH models from Alfa, and the RokOn, RokAir, and Rok500 adapters from Rokland) should be compatible with Windows 7 RC, due to possible differences in firmware we will test each model and let you know the results here on our blog.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm on windwos 7 Ultimate 64bit version 6.1) Build 7600 right now & the "Alfa AWUS036H 500mW Wireless USB adapter works flawless. installing vista 64bit drivers manually

Anonymous said...

When I download files my alfa's speed drops to 1.0MBps and downloads severely lag lag lag. I think its an issue with Windows 7 RTM I never had this problem with XP or the RC...... its really frusrating. I wonder if maybe the driver isn't utilizing its 500mW capabilities and just treating it like a regular wireless card?

Dickie said...

I just confirmed that AWUS036H does not work with WPA2-Personal TKIP connection, while having not been able to connect to any AP's yet. The non-packaged vista driver installs the device, but I'm feeling that it won't work with Windows 7. I will continue to make tests with Win7 Ultimate x86 32-bit RTM and post results.

I'm actually curious of where you got the x64 edition. All torrents are dead for reason. I don't feel like waiting another month until the pub release.

Dickie said...

Words: does not work!

Again on the same rig, same scenario with Windows 7 x86 RTM Ultimate, the card didn't work with WPA TKIP (while my vista laptop connects fine).

Better yet: BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH!

After unplugging the mini-usb from the dev, it freaked out and went straight for the memory dump. Happened twice... not worth my time to try again.

You try!

Rokland LLC said...

We have tested the device on Windows 7 RC, and it has worked fine. There may be some problems with other versions, or on systems with other WiFi drivers installed, the OS is just in release candidate form. According to Microsoft any hardware that has a Vista driver will work in Windows 7, so ultimately there should be no issues. I would expect at some point Realtek will release new drivers that work out any bugs. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the product and Windows 7, that is good information for people to know.

Anonymous said...

Where to find this newest x64 driver, i need it fast! :( Please help!

Anonymous said...

it doesnt work with windows 7, the realtek software will not load even in compatibility mode

Anonymous said...

I use Win 7 prof x86 and I can use this adapter. I can install it but I can't use it. Have somebody similar problem? Any solution?

Anonymous said...

hi all!
i update my alfa form device manager but i can not create a desktop icon to enter in her program! help me?

Rokland LLC said...

Please remember folks that this is not a support forum. You are welcome to troubleshoot issues with each other, but if you have a problem specific to a Rokland.com purchase and need additional assistance, please contact us through the Contact Us link on our web site. Blog comments are not regularly monitored by Rokland staff.

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