Product Spotlight: Alfa AWUS036ACH
A question we often get asked is "what product provide the best combo of range and speed for newer 802.11ac routers?" The answer is Alfa's AWUS036ACH. With power close to the max allowable by the FCC for dual band radios, it gets great range.
And with two 5 dBi dual band antennas, you get two separate transmit and receive streams that can provide fast connection speeds on both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks.
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Alfa has released a new version of this router called R36A, which features internal enhancements offering users faster throughput speeds, better performance, and the ability to handle more users online at one time. It also has an overhauled 2-screen setup interface, reducing setup time and making the experience much easier.
It remains a 2.4 GHz product so as to have maximum power (dual band devices must have less power per FCC regulations).
Existing owners of an R36 should know before upgrading that R36A is compatible with AWUS036NH, AWUS036NEH, and Alfa Tube-U(N) USB Wi-Fi adapters. Older models AWUS036H and AWUS036NHR are not compatible with R36A.
If you have followed our blog for some time, you may recall us mentioning Connectify, a software tool that allows you to create a hotspot on your computer and share a Wi-Fi connection. Now the company that makes Connectify has does it again with Speedify.
Speedify is an exciting new service that allows you to bond more than one Internet connection together to increase your Internet speed. For example, if you are using one of our Alfa Wi-Fi USB extenders to get better signal to a network, and you are in a location where your built-in Wi-Fi card still works, you can bond the connections together and essentially use them both at the same time.
From the Speedify web site:
"...The technology behind Speedify’s connection magic is called Channel Bonding. We combine multiple Internet connections – Wi-Fi, cellular, ethernet, etc. – to provide increased bandwidth, lower latency, and better reliability."
Speedify also includes VPN service which helps encrypt and protect your data even when you are connected to an open Wi-Fi connection. Rokland strongly recommends VPN service to all users of Alfa R36A and Alfa WiFi Camp Pro Kit 2.
*Rokland is not affiliated with Speedify and is not receiving any compensation for this post. We are writing about it simply because it could be of great benefit to many of our customers.
Speedify does have a free plan for low-bandwidth users and monthly and annual plans for those who use more data. Read more here.