Compatibility of USB WiFi antennas with the new operating systems Windows 10 and Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan

Compatibility of USB WiFi antennas with the new operating systems Windows 10 and Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan

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In this article we are going to solve some doubts of the users about the compatibility of the powerful USB WiFi antennas with the most current operating systems such as Windows 10 and Mac 10.11 El Capitan. All USB adapters need a driver or driver software to operate within the operating system. This driver is distributed by the manufacturer inside a CD in the retail boxes, normally they can also be downloaded from the website of the brand of WiFi adapters or Alfa Network or from the creator of the chip such as Mediatek, Realtek or Atheros.

Frequently the users have doubts, since, many models for sale have chip designed some years ago for which the manufacturer published the version of driver for Windows 7 and not the updated one. Even in the boxes for sale of many of the powerful USB WiFi adapters of Alfa, Melon, etc., only the Windows 7 logo is labeled.

Although in the box or the manual is only published compatibility for Windows 7, most are also compatible with Windows 8 and 10. Frequently it is not necessary to update the driver version since both Windows 8 and Windows 10 have compatibility with all previous drivers.
The official Alfa Network blog gives some tips on how to install the Windows 7 drivers on more modern operating systems. Also in our own blog there is a simpler tutorial, about installing drivers in Windows 10 with compatibility mode for Windows 7, explained step by step.

If you already have an Alfa Network antenna or you are ready to buy one you can visit the blog see the compatibility table with the links to the official Alfa Network drivers. Download Alfa Network Antennas Drivers for Windows 10


The Alfa WiFi Scanner utility is also useful in the Wi-Fi file to track WiFi networks available from Windows, compare the result obtained with different antennas or align two point-to-point antennas as explained in this tutorial to guide WiFi point antennas to point.

ALfa Network Drivers Table for WIndows 8/10

Model AWUS036H Driver Windows 7/8/10 Download Link
Model AWUS036NEH Driver Windows 7/8/10 Download Link
Model AWUS036NHA Driver Windows 7/8/10 Download Link

Model AWUS036NHR v2 Driver Windows 7/8/10 Download Link
Model AWUS036ACH Driver Windows 7/8/10 Download Link 

Download Alfa WiFi Scanner WiFI monitor utility for Windows 10

ALFA WiFi USB new models with compatibility for MAC 10.11 EI Capitan

In this list we recommend the new models that work best with Mac OS 10.11 El Capitán and the links to download drivers and how to install them.

To install Powerful WiFi Antennas that are 100% compatible with all Mac OS operating systems up to 10.11 El Capitan recommends choosing one of these models certified by Alfa for MAC 10.11

Search Compatible models Alfa Network Mac 10.11: AWUS036NHR v2, AWUS036AC, AWUC036ACH 
Link to Download Drivers