ALFA AWUS036ACM 802.11ac Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz WiFi USB Adapter


ALFA AWUS036ACM brings dual antenna 802.11ac technology to PCs at an affordable cost. It is a new dual antenna 867 Mbps Wi-Fi USB adapter compatible with Windows XP through Windows 10. It features two RP-SMA antenna ports, and two 5 dBi dual-band antennas. The antennas are detachable and can be upgraded.

This product is very similar to ALFA AWUS036AC but it has the Mediatek MT7612U chipset.

AWUS036ACM is capable of receiving and transmitting on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz bands. With 802.11ac standard routers, AWUS036AC can achieve throughput speeds up to 867 Mbps. This adapter is backward compatible with 802.11g and 802.11n networks, but an 802.11ac router is required for the maximum throughput.

This is brand new in retail box and includes the adapter, two 5 dBi dual-band antennas, driver CD.

Output Power
( +/- 2dBm )

802.11a: 20dBm
802.11b: 23dBm
802.11g: 23dBm
802.11n: 21dBm
802.11an: 19dBm
802.11ac: 20dBm

Receive Sensitivity

802.11a: -92dBm
802.11b: -97dBm
802.11g: -90dBm
802.11n: -90dBm
802.11an: -89dBm
802.11ac: -86dBm


It will work with any computer that has an available USB port and Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, or Windows 10.

Linux: USB WiFi adapters based on the Mediatek mt7612u chipset, including the ALFA AWUS036ACM, have been supported in Linux with an in-kernel driver since Linux kernel v4.19, therefore, there is no need for driver installation. AP mode support on 5 Ghz may require the use of a module parameter, "disable_usb_sg", for maximum performance. For additional information and a script to assist with adding this module parameter, click here.

USB 3.0 port required for max speed, though is backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports also at a max speed of 480 mbps.

Additional Features:

- Enterprise-class 64/128 WEP encryption, WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2, 802.1X support
- 867 mbps High-Speed Transfer Rate for 802.11ac
- USB 3.0 compliant (backward compatible with USB 2)
- ONE YEAR manufacturer's warranty

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State sales tax of 7% will be added to FLORIDA purchases only. There is no sales tax for any other state.

Return Policy: You may return any item, open or used, for an exchange or refund at your discretion within 30 days of receipt. Because range can vary greatly based on your environment, if you are not sure a particular product will meet your range needs please contact us before buying. Orders with free shipping selected will incur a 10% restocking fee to help us cover the original shipping cost, unless the item is defective or different from the advertisement. Any expedited shipping charges paid, including return shipping, are never refundable. If you opt for an exchange, we will pay to ship the replacement to you. Items must be returned the way they were received, with all pieces, documentation, and retail packaging (if applicable) included. For bulk purchases, see our bulk purchase return policy here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Maurice Smulders
Use of this adapter is Plug and Play under Linux (Pi / Mint)

Not only is this adapter very easy to use in Linux - as MediaTek contributes their driver into the Mainstream Linux Kernel (Some OpenWRT maintainers actually work on it), it also supports IBSS as well as 802.11s Mesh support. Great chipset.

Justin Cardoza
Perfect for use with a Raspberry Pi

This adapter works great plugged into a Raspberry Pi 4. It's plug-and-play on Linux since the driver is included in the kernel and it supports pretty decent speeds. I'm currently using it as part of a wireless bridge setup to provide Internet access to a room that would be impractical to run a cable to, and from what I've read it would also work well in access point mode. Reliability seems rock-solid too with no downtime at all since setting it up.

Linux Ready

Plug and play on Debian 12. Great range and speeds for auditing the wifi landscape

Nick Cooper

ALFA AWUS036ACM 802.11ac Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz WiFi USB Adapter

james holbrook
Good for pineapple mark 7

I only use it for my pineapple mark 7 so my review is limited and biased towards that.

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