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3g And The Alfa Awus036h - Mkiv


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Hi guy's, still egerly awaiting on all my eqipment arriving for the pineapple MKIV. :)

My question is this, i was hoping that i would be able to get a usb 3g dongle and a usb wifi adapter (ALFA AWUS036H) both working at the same time on the MKIV. I know the hardware only has 1 usb port, so would a usb splitter work?

Another question i have about this is regarding power, how would this work? cause i can imagine that the 3g dongle and the ALFA AWUS036H more so, together would pull allot of power. My ALFA AWUS036H comes with this cable that is 2 male usb's to 1 male mini usb. I am getting a usb battery pack to power the MKIV its 10,000 mha's & has to usb slots, so i could plug one of the alfa's usb's into one of them to easy the power consumption, and use the other usb slot on the battery pack for the pineapple, usb to dc.

Any thoughts on this? any one tried it?

- Anton.

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I have not tried it, but there has been rumblings about alfa cards wanting more juice than the pineapple can give which causes the card to just stop after a bit. People have thwarted this by supplying 12V to the pineapple (as opposed to 5V from powering via USB) and/or bringing down the tx power of the alfa card with iwconfig wlan1 T 10 or something. I believe that was referring to the 036NHA, not the old 036H, so you might have better luck...either way report back your results so we can all learn!

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I have not tried it, but there has been rumblings about alfa cards wanting more juice than the pineapple can give which causes the card to just stop after a bit. People have thwarted this by supplying 12V to the pineapple (as opposed to 5V from powering via USB) and/or bringing down the tx power of the alfa card with iwconfig wlan1 T 10 or something. I believe that was referring to the 036NHA, not the old 036H, so you might have better luck...either way report back your results so we can all learn!

telot

Hi telot, cheers for the reply, that cleared a few things up i wasn't sure about. I read that the awus036h can fluctuate in power requirements, from 500ma to 550ma, apparently this is why alfa started giving out the doubled ended USB to MINI USB cable i was talking about above, here is a picture http://www.data-alliance.net/servlet/-strse-373/USB-Y-dsh-cable-A-dsh-male-2x/Detail this would bring the total power up to 1000ma fixing the on off problem, makes sense.

I think i have found a solution to powering multiple devices without worrying about power for the pineapple, check this out, http://www.data-alliance.net/servlet/-strse-380/USB-4-dsh-Port-Hub-Power/Detail it's basically a usb hub that has an option for a dc power input, the usb battery pack i have orded from amazon, which is the Anker Astro3 10000mAh (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006WHMKEE/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_g23_i2?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-4&pf_rd_r=0PD0BFD6N62JX6ZXPMPZ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=467128133&pf_rd_i=468294) has a out put of 12v/9v that you can select, so i think the battery paired with this hub might just work!

This is an interesting read, http://www.data-alliance.net/wiki/alfa-awus036h-power-problem-fix-realtek-rtl8187l-chipset/

- Anton

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