AWUS036HNR v2 Review (Good for windows, horrible for linux)

Well I install allot of outdoor WiFi gear (wireless access points, client bridges, WDS Links, etc) and wanted something to do penetration / hacking tests into my own devices. So I figured I’d give the AWUS036NHR V2 a test run.

Well for the price, I’m impressed, as far as packet injection goes newer is not always better. This is not the model to get for that, also it does not put out 2 watts. This is a sales gimmick, it will only run at 500mw, you will need a booster to get more power. Optionally you can simply buy a high dBm antenna for and this will boost it’s power by a large factor. (Consider a 15 dBm omnidirectional or 24 dBm directional antenna based on your needs.)

How they get away with this on the AWUS036NHR v2, is by adding in the 8db omni-directional antenna. So keep that in mind, that in mind before you buy this product.

But I must say if you are just looking to get more bars in the backroom of your house, then this device does work wonders and is highly upgradable with the removable antenna! It’s just not so great at packet injection and the 2000mw claim is just not true. (I checked out the drivers and ran some command lines from a linux box and yeah 500mw is it, -20dBm).

I can change the .C file for the driver in linux, and it would report a true -32dBm (2 watts!) but this is just false. I never noticed the kind of boost you would expect. So don’t look for any so-called fixes for the AWUS036HNR v2.0, it’s not broke, it’s just not 2 watts, EOL.

Anyhow for your average user the AWUS036NHR v2 is a great way to boost your WiFi signal / bars.

It will improve your reception, no question about it, and being antenna upgradable, it can be turned into a great Wifi device for low-cost.

Lets look at what we get with the AWUS03NHR v2 in the box and a peek at its software. (quite good)

AWUS036nhr v2.0 outside of box
Great WiFi device to really boost your incoming and outgoing signal strength (i.e. MORE BARS!)

 

Comes in a cute little box, was impressed with contents and the software.

AWUS036NHR box contents 5db and 8db antennas
Come with two WiFi antennas one 5 dBm and a 8 dBm (use the 8)

It comes with, yes, the drivers and software on CD, one 5db and one 8db (the one to use) omnidirectional antennas. (the pick up and send signals in all directions). One nice thing is it alone can be setup as a Access Point (AP) for other users of your home to use!

Lets take a quick look at a screenshot of the software that comes with the AWUS03NHR v2.

AWUS036HNR review boost your WiFi range
The software suite is pretty impressive for such a low cost device. With removable / upgradable antenna, the options are endless.

As you can see it has allot of options for $36 the AWUS036NHR v2 is a winner in our book.

Hope you enjoyed this review of the AWUS036NHR v2. This is a great product for the home use, I currently use it and love it.

WARNING : Be sure to buy one of the older AWUS models (Black one) if you plan on any kind of packet injection testing. (The v2 models work but has a high failure rate and will crash the latest versions of the software used for such testing)

You find the AWUS036NHR v2 on EBay cheap. Being most people use them for packet injection.

Peace,

Smeagol

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