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ASUS PCE-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates

  • Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates
  • Flexible Dual-band connection
  • Physical WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button
  • Software AP mode
  • Support WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Zachary M.
  • 11/13/2014 6:42:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNo problems here

Pros: Consistent 200+ Mbps on 5GHz band

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: From the other reviews, it seems I am the one lucky owner? I'm on Windows 8.1 and have never had a single issue with this card since I've owned it. I did not install the software and instead just installed the driver for this card. I'm ~50ft from the router (Asus RT-N53) and never get slow or dropped connections. Maybe something changed on the newer cards?

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  • Amy W.
  • 10/22/2014 7:15:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDriver Nightmare

Pros: When it works, high throughput.

Cons: Like many other users have noted, this product loses it function over time to the point that connection nears .25mbps on speedtest on a 30mbps network. I just bought a tp link card and it works flawlessly.

Other Thoughts: Stay away from this card. It can also be noted that asus has not released one driver update for the card over its multiyear existence.

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  • Theodore K.
  • 10/21/2014 12:36:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGreat while it lasted

Pros: Worked very well for a few months.

Cons: Spotty initial installation on Windows 8.1 featuring several crashes. At the time I bought it, 8.1 drivers were not available on the asus website, so I had to install the drivers off the cd, which worked fine. Several months later, I saw that the 8.1 drivers were available, so I downloaded and started installing them, which uninstalled the original cd drivers, crashing my computer. I took out the card, installed 8.1 drivers, and installed the card again, at which point it didn't work. Neither of the lights turned on on the side, and it wasn't recognized by the system. I tried a different pci port but same thing. It's dead :-(

Other Thoughts: Does anyone have a recommendation for a dual band wifi adapter that works well with 5ghz on a windows 8.1 system? Rosewill N900 or TPLink WDN 4800?

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  • Thomas W.
  • 7/14/2014 8:59:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnless you use Windows 8 do not buy.

Pros: This card has great reception strength and connectivity that rivals most other cards. Software AP mode allows for wireless connection sharing. 300Mbps wireless connection appears consistent.

Cons: This card is not worth it unless of course you plan on using it in conjunction with Windows 8. As it turns out, in two separate Windows 7 installations the card fails to function properly after having it only 3 months. On start up, as soon as the less than stellar drivers kick in, the entire system hangs, plug and play refuses to refresh the windows device list, and the system becomes basically unusable. Booting into safe mode reveals that with networking disabled both systems functioned properly. However, after re enabling it, the system hangs yet again. ASUS released an update for both the software as well as the drivers, however, this software is only available for Windows 8.1 and actually prohibits installation on Windows 7 or earlier. Coming as a bundled installer, it is impossible to extract solely the device drivers making this patch unavailable to anyone not using windows 8. Therefore, this card, while it functioned well originally, after experiencing problems two weeks after receiving it, is not worth the hassle.

Other Thoughts: I now have to RMA this card straight through ASUS under their one year warranty and hope the card itself is just faulty. However, judging by the other reviews, I am not the only one with this issue, which leads me to believe this is just a poor product in an otherwise stellar line of components.

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  • louie c.
  • 7/13/2014 11:00:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsWill not connect to N band

Pros: fast connection on G band

Cons: Will not connect to N band on my B,G,N router

Other Thoughts: I hope ASUS reads this and contacts me.

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  • John B.
  • 7/10/2014 5:49:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnacceptable Range

Pros: Cheap, high throughput when co-located with wireless router

Cons: Unacceptable Range. When using 802.11n and the wireless router is in the same room as the computer, 7 feet away, card achieves 100% data throughput with no lost packets as advertised. However, when the router is moved to 15 feet away, through two drywall walls, card achieves a max of .6% advertised speed. That is to say with the lost packets, it was only able to achieve a max of 2Mbps throughput. No other devices were using wireless during this test. This test was highly repeatable with the same results on other days. Also of note, when this wireless card was achieving 2 Mbps, a cell phone was able to saturate 802.11n speeds with the router 15 feet away through 2 walls.

Bottom line: If your router will be in the same room as the computer with this installed, this is a great buy. However, if the router is in another room, DON'T BUY THIS CARD. You would be better off using 802.11b on a 10 year-old wireless card than trying to use this card.

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  • Ryan B.
  • 6/23/2014 8:26:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDied after 1.5 years of use

Pros: 1) Easy install and use with Windows 7.

2) Small footprint doesn't take up much room inside the PC case.

Cons: 1) The 5GHz chip died after about a year of owning this card. I was forced to connect to the 2.4GHz network on my router along with all of my other home wireless devices, which isn't a huge deal but I liked to have my PC on the 5GHz spectrum to keep my HD video streams uninterrupted.

2) Now after about a year and a half of use, the 2.4GHz is maxing out at about 2-3Mbps download and .15 Mbps upload. I know this to be an issue with the card because all of my other wireless devices in the house are just fine (bandwidth wise) and only my PC is affected.

I will be recycling this card and buying a different one. Absolute garbage and waste of money.

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  • Frederic S.
  • 6/17/2014 1:16:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsLinux users beware

Pros: Signal wasn't bad when I got it working.

Cons: Simply is a pain the bottom to get compiled and working on Linux. No, support for 2.6 is not a typo. And no, despite only being "supported" by Ubuntu and Fedora, there aren't ppa's or repos to get comipled binaries, and no, the source doesn't compile cleanly.

I did get it compiled and running, and then returned it the next day because I didn't want to worry about losing Internet when I update software or reinstall OS.

Other Thoughts: TP-Link has been a lot better to me.

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  • Jay L.
  • 5/27/2014 5:24:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt works, Windows 8.1 Users Beware

Pros: Sleek

Cons: BSOD for Win 8.1

Other Thoughts: I bought this item for absolutely no reason besides wanting to "upgrade" my PCE-N15 adapter. Compared to the N15 I've not noticed any improvements in speeds, but that is just my pathetic Comcast internet bottleneck.

As for installation, it's rather painless - plug in the card, attach the antenna and you're done, at least for those that do not use Windows 8.1.

For those of you running 8.1, you're going to need to boot into safe mode without networking and uninstall the default network driver. You can then go ahead and install the software that comes with this product and reboot your PC, this will fix the BSOD.

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  • Devan O.
  • 5/9/2014 11:21:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood hardware, bad software

Pros: I liked the speed of this device, with my network I didn't see any studder in the connection. It worked well after I got it up and running.

Cons: The driver software for this device feels like a virus on my system. When I built my first computer with this as the wireless card, Windows 8.1 would not install correctly. I had to change a value in the in the registry in order for the computer to boot for the first time. After that I installed the drivers for the card and windows failed again. I started over and it worked. After I tried to update the driver, it unistalled the original driver and now the files are all messed up on my system, I can no longer have this device working properly on my computer. After much troublshooting I've decided to get another wireless card. If you are not running Windows 8.1, I'm sure this card would work great! (also linux has trouble loading the generic drivers for this card)

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