Review: Alfa AWUS036ACHM Wireless USB Adapter

By | June 19, 2021

Review Alfa AWUS036ACHM Wireless USB Adapter
Alfa has released a new USB wireless adapter that uses the WiFi-5 802.11ac protocol.

It is a larger WiFi adapter built for speed and distance along with a 5dbi antenna.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACHM Wireless USB Adapter Overview
This makes it a good fit for a desktop or laptop that needs a better wireless signal.

It also has broad compatibility with almost any operating system, including Mac, Windows, and Linux.

*This unit was sent to me to review with my honest opinion and results below.

Specifications

  • Model: Alfa AWUS036ACHM
  • Chipset: MT7610U
  • WiFi-5 Protocols: 802.11ac/a/b/g/n
  • Frequency: Dual Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 5dBi detachable antenna
  • Interface: Mini USB

Review Alfa AWUS036ACHM Wireless USB Adapter Specifications

The package comes with the Adapter, Driver CD, Clips, Cable, and one 5dBi antenna.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACHM Wireless USB Adapter All

The adapter has a screw-on 5dbi antenna that swivels about.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACHM Wireless USB Adapter 777

To test the unit, I used SpeedTest.net, which gave the results of 209Mbps Download and 19Mbps Upload.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACHM Wireless USB Adapter Internet Speed Test

A Google Internet speed test gave the results of 200Mbps Download and 5Mbps Upload.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACHM Wireless USB Adapter Google Speed Test
The adapter maxed out my internet connection and likely has faster speeds.

Monitor Mode Test with Kali Linux
The Alfa AWUS036ACHM is compatible with Linux and can go into Monitor Mode.
Review Alfa AWUS036ACHM Wireless USB Adapter Kali Linux
Running the “airmon-ng” command the adapter displays the MT7610U Chipset.

The AWUS036ACHM was automatically found by Kali Linus and had no problems with monitor mode in the 2.4GHz band.

If the adapter does not come up with “airmon-ng” run these commands.

  1. ifconfig wlan0 down
  2. airmon-ng check kill
  3. airmon-ng start wlan0
  4. airodump-ng wlan0mon

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Summary
The Alfa AWUS036ACHM is a good dual band wireless USB adapter that has wide compatibility with many operating systems.

It would be a good fit with many different devices, but with its large size is likely best with a desktop.

Alfa is known for its good wireless USB adapter with many of them used in the wireless Pen Testing community.

It worked well with Kali Linux and went into monitor mode in the 2.4GHz band.

I am still testing to see how well it works in the 5GHz frequency with monitor mode.

Have you used the Alfa AWUS036ACHM? Let us know your thoughts below.

 




 

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