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Alfa Wireless Cards: Looking for info before I Buy


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Hello there! I'm new to the forums but not new to the realm of computers.

I am interested in purchasing one of the Alfa wireless cards for use with BackTrack Linux

I hear quite a lot about the 1 watt AWUS036H model, but I have read it only supports monitor and managed modes.

I did a search on chipsets that support modes such as master and whatnot, and came across the Atheros AR9271 in a list of chipsets that do support most of the 8 modes. The Alfa AWUS036NHA runs this chipset. I do understand it as being half the power of the 1 watt model, but, does it support these extra features? I do know that my two laptops which run the Atheros internal wifi chipset 9285 can run run airbase-ng in BT5 r3, so this alpa USB card should run these as well?

Also, across my searching, I found a 2 watt model of the Alfa card, the AWUS036NH, but I haven't found much on that chipset or its capabilities.

I would like to know if my thoughts on these different models are correct, as for their wireless capabilities, and if anyone has any input from personal experience with any of the three.

Thank you for reading.

AWUS036H - http://www.amazon.com/Alfa-Wireless-Original-Screw-On-9dBi/dp/B001O9X9EU

AWUS036NHA - http://www.amazon.com/Alfa-AWUS036NHA--Wireless-Adaptor-Compatible/dp/B004ZGQZZY/

AWUS036NH - http://www.amazon.com/Alfa-AWUS036NH-Wireless-Long-Range-Screw-On/dp/B003YIFHJY/

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I use the AWUS036NH, and have had no problems with it, now going strong after 3 years of operation.

Previously used the AWUS036H, but if I used it at 1 watt regularly - it would eventually burn out somewhere between 6months - 1 year.

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I have the AWUS036H, which has slightly better range.
I also recently bought the AWUS036NHA.

I can't really tell if one is better than the other. But for all the stuff I've used them for, they both are my favorites so far.
I've tested them with Aircrack, bully, Reaver and such. Works great for me.

I also bought the AWUS036NH, I really dislike this card, but I'm pretty sure it's just me who is dumb and should just learn how to use and set it up properly, I know it's pretty popular.

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