Review in Progress: R36 WiFi USB Repeater with AWUS036NH Desktop Antenna by Alfa (Mobile Routers)


A popular budget option with some RVers is combining the Alfa Desktop WiFi Antenna ($59.95) or External RV Booster Tube ($99.95) combined with an Alfa WiFi USB Repeater ($99.95).

The WiFi receiving component (whether the indoor unit placed in a window or the outdoor unit mounted on a ladder) is a USB powered WiFi radio that can connect directly to a single computer to get it online, or it can act as a WiFi-as-WAN receiver when paired with the "USB Repeater" module which then acts as a router, creating a local WiFi network so that multiple devices can get online and share the upstream connection.

The Alfa hardware has a solid reputation for picking up weak WiFi well at long range - but there is no option for interfacing directly with any cellular modems.

The feature set is very basic, but for some the price is right.

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Specifications - Alfa R36 & AWUS036NH

  • Wi-Fi Router: Yes
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n -
    • 5GHz Wi-Fi: N/A
    • Wi-Fi Antenna: 1x ?, 5dBi Antenna Included
    • Wi-Fi as WAN: Yes
    • Guest Wi-Fi Network:
  • Cellular Tethering via USB: Yes, 3G Only
  • Integrated Cellular Modem: No
  • Ethernet Ports: 1x (WAN / LAN Configurable) ?
  • Special Features:
  • Power Source: 12V or 110V AC
  • Dimensions: 5.8" x 5.0" x 1.6"
  • Outdoor Rated: No
  • Retail Price:  R36 Router: $99.99 | AWUS036NH WiFi Antenna: $59.99

Testing Status: We have a unit in for evaluation, thanks to TechnoRV.  Our member have access to our video tutorial, field testing results and our review is in progress.

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Purchasing Options

Amazon: AWUS036NH - WiFi Antenna | R36 - WiFi USB Repeater 

TechnoRV: AWUS036NHR36

  • While TechnoRV's prices will usually be bit a higher, they also include step-by-step instructions & videos with your purchase, and provide RVer specific customer support. If you're not technically proficient, we recommend buying from them.
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Quick Take

A basic and affordable dedicated WiFi extending option.

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