Alfa AWUS052NHS is a dual band (2.4 & 5 GHz) Wi-Fi USB adapter from Alfa Network, Inc, a leader in Wi-Fi technology. It is brand new in retail box and includes the adapter, a detachable 5 dBi gain antenna, driver CD, and a USB cable. We buy direct from Alfa and are an Authorized Distributor of Alfa products. Check directly with Alfa to verify you are getting a 100% genuine Alfa adapter.
Compare this item to Alfa AWUS052NH: AWUS052NHS is very similar to Alfa AWUS052NH. It has the same Ralink RT3572 chipset, but only 1 receive/1 transmit antenna, which means a maximum of 150 Mbps connection rate to a router vs. a 300 Mbps max for the AWUS052NH model. AWUS052NHS is a good lower cost choice for users not on high speed fiber-optic Wi-Fi where downstream exceeds 100 Mbps. For users with faster ISP speeds than that, AWUS052NH will be a better choice.
Detachable RP-SMA antenna port allows for antenna upgrade
Use this device to bring dual band capability to your desktop or laptop PC. No built-in Wi-Fi card is required, this is a standalone Wi-Fi receiver. It connects to your computer with included USB cable, and the antenna is detachable so you can use it with any of our RP-SMA antenna upgrades we sell, or it can be used with outdoor antennas with the correct converter cable.
The benefits of dual band networking
Almost every ISP that provides a router will offer a single band (2.4 Ghz router). 2.4 Ghz is the most common type of Wi-Fi band in the US. However due to popular demand, more carriers including Cox Communications are offering customers dual band Wi-Fi routers that operate on both the 2.4 and the 5 GHz frequency. These dual band routers are also sold online and in retail stores. These routers broadcast two separate Wi-Fi networks at the same time, one on each band. If your computer only supports 2.4 GHz, which is most likely, you cannot connect on the 5 GHz band which is a faster spectrum with much less interference. A dual band upgrade like AWUS052NH from Alfa means you can install the software and plug it into your USB port and begin taking advantage of the 5 GHz perfomance. A dual band router is required to see benefits from this product. It is also compatible with 2.4 GHz networks but will work like a standard Wi-Fi receiver with 2.4 GHz signals.
It will work with any computer that has an available USB port and Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8/8.1. This works on Microsoft Surface Pro tablets running Windows 8 (requires driver download) but does NOT work with Windows Surface RT tablets or other tablets/laptops running Microsoft Surface RT, which looks like Windows 8 but is actually a locked down version of Windows that does not support 3rd party drivers.
- Enterprise-class 64/128 WEP encryption, WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2, 802.1X support
- 2 transmit/2 receive antenna design for max 300 mbps transfer rate
- 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz standard
- USB 2.0 and 1.1 compliant (forward compatible with USB 3)
- ONE YEAR warranty