Review: Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless USB Adapter

By | January 19, 2018

Review Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless USB Adapter
The Alfa AWUS036ACH is a long range wireless USB adapter that is compatible with most any operating system, from Windows 10 to Linux.
 
It is a Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi dongle that works in both the 2.4Ghz and 5GHz ranges.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless USB Adapter Laptop
It is also a long range WiFi adapter with two 5dBi antennas that can swivel about.
 
I bought this adapter to see how well it performed with the results below.
 
Specifications
Model: Alfa AWUS036ACH
Protocol: 802.11ac
Chipset: RTL8812AU
Frequency: Dual Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Two 5dBi detachable antennas
Interface: USB 3.0 Micro-B
 
The package comes with the Adapter, Driver CD, Clips, Cable, Quick Start Guide, and two 5dBi Antennas.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless USB Adapter All
 
It uses a USB 3.0 Micro-B Cable for fast transfer speeds.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless USB Adapter Cable
While it is backward compatible with USB 2.0 it will work best with a USB 3.0 port.
 
Two 5dBi detachable antennas are attached which greatly improves a WiFi signal.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless USB Adapter Laptop
 
I plugged it in to a Laptop running Windows 10 Pro which automatically found the adapter with no need to install Drivers.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless 8812AU Chipset
It shows it running the RTL8812AU Chipset.
 
WiFi Speed Test 5GHz Band
All speed test were done to a Neatgear Nighthawk 802.11ac router 10 feet away past a wall.
 
Speedtest.net was used for some basic results.
 
It gave some impressive speeds at 213Mbps Download, and 21Mbps Upload.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless 8812AU 5Ghz Speed Test
 
 
WiFi Speed Test 2.4 GHz Band
The same WiFi speed test was done on with the 2.4GHz frequency
 
Using the 2.4GHz Band with Wireless-N it gave 101Mbps Download, and 21Mbps Upload.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless 8812AU 2.4Ghz Speed Test
I plan to do much more testing with the Alfa AWUS036ACH and will update this post as I do.
 
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Read More Reviews Here on Amazon
Alfa Long-Range Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter w/2x 5dBi External Antennas – 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 867Mbps – 802.11ac & A, B, G, N

 
Summary
The Alfa AWUS036ACH is a very good long range USB WiFi adapter with very good speeds.
 
If possible be sure to use a USB 3.0 port as to not bottleneck the transfer rate.
 
I am going to be doing much more testing with this adapter since it is known to be Kali Linux compatible and able to do Pen Testing.
 
Kali Linux announced it now comes with Driver support for RTL8812AU Chipset as of release 2017.1. Read Here for information.
 
This means it will be able to go into Monitor Mode and do Packet Injections.
 
Since it is a dual band 802.11ac device this will be the first Wireless-AC dongle able to do this.
 
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
 

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2 thoughts on “Review: Alfa AWUS036ACH AC 1200 Wireless USB Adapter

  1. Jas

    Hello,

    Please suggest which is best with Kali linux, between Alfa AWUS036ACH and Alfa AWUS1900.

    Also, I might add the tp link 24dbi parabolic antenna. Can you give advice on that?

    Thank you for your input.

    Regards,
    Jas.

    Reply
  2. Chris Daniels

    “I am going to be doing much more testing with this adapter since it is known to be Kali Linux compatible and able to do Pen Testing.
    Kali Linux announced it now comes with Driver support for RTL8812AU Chipset as of release 2017.1”

    On one hand; thank you, thank you, thank you for this information, on the other; couldn’t you have put this near the top of the article instead of the summary?

    Reply

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