Alfa has released two wireless USB adapters with one being an updated version of the older Alfa AWUS036ACH.
The old version of the Alfa AWUS036ACH used a USB 3.0 Micro-B connection, and while fast, Micro-B has not been used by many hardware manufacturers in laptops, desktops, or smartphones.
Type-C USB is widely used on new devices and is a replacement for older standard USB ports.
The new Type-C USB is also backward compatible with older standard USB ports with a small adapter.
*This unit was sent to me to review with my honest opinion and results below.
Alfa AWUS036ACH Specifications and Features
- Model: Alfa AWUS036ACH (Type-C Version)
- Protocol: 802.11ac (WiFi-5)
- Chipset: RTL8812AU
- Frequency: Dual Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- Two 5dBi detachable antennas
- Interface: USB Type-C
The package comes with the Adapter, Driver CD, Clips, Cable, Quick Start Guide, and two 5dBi Antennas.
The Type-C USB port is located at the front of the adapter.
The Type-C USB Cable has an adapter at the end that goes from Type-C to standard USB if needed.
Testing the unit I plugged it into both Windows and Linux (Kali Linux Debian) and it worked with no issues.
The Alfa AWUS036ACH uses the RTL8812AU Chipset which is widely compatible with many operating systems including Windows and Linux.
To test the speed I used the website Speedtest.net and it gave the results 185Mbps Download and 21Mbps Upload.
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【New Version Type-C WiFi USB】 ALFA AWUS036ACH 【Type-C】 Long-Range Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless USB Wi-Fi Adapter w/2x 5dBi External Antennas – 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 867Mbps – 802.11ac & A, B, G, N
The Alfa AWUS036ACH Type-C is a very good wireless USB adapter that has wide compatibility with many operating systems.
Since it is a larger unit with big antennas it would be a good fit for a desktop but can also be used with a laptop.
The two 5dBi external antennas are also good for getting more distance and a better signal.
If you have the older USB 3.0 Micro-B version there is no need to upgrade unless you want to have the Type-C port.
The RTL8812AU chips-set is also supported by Kali Linux with Drivers released for it to do packet injections.
I am still testing the unit so far with good results and will update if anything changes.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.