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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 WPA2

  • 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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IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink
PCI Express
Frequency Band
2.4G~2.4835GHz / 5.1~5.8GHz
11 for N. America, 13 Europe (ETSI)
Transmitted Power
b mode: 15 ~19 dBm
g mode: 13 ~17 dBm
n mode: 12 ~16 dBm
2 x R SMA Antenna
System Requirements
Windows 7 32bit/64bit
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Linux Kernel 2.6 (Support Ubuntu Fedora only)
45.8g (Device Only)
0°C - 65°C (32°F - 149°F)
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing


Flexible Dual-band connection for lag-free streaming and high performance networking.

Physical WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button quickly sets up a secure wireless connection.

Software AP mode allows the WLAN card to act as a virtual access point, and connects your notebook, or other game consoles to the Internet.

Support WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption methods for enhanced security.


Package Contents
Support CD
Warranty card
Low Profile Bracket
Wireless LAN Adapter
Dipole Antenna x 2

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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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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  • John N.
  • 4/18/2014 11:30:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy Install

Pros: Easy install, easy config using TKIP

Cons: None

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  • Gregory B.
  • 4/17/2014 6:38:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsASUS PCE-N53

Pros: Dual Band
Easy Setup
User Interface

Cons: Drops 5ghz signal

Other Thoughts: I like the card, it pairs well with the ASUS N53 router. It will pick up the connection right away after startup but it occasionally looses connection on the 5ghz band. Not sure if it is the card or the router. Range is great for the 5ghz, better than I expected. Great download speeds, I get 300Mpbs as advertised. Would recommend.

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  • 4/10/2014 6:40:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: Connection strength almost never fluctuates, download speed sits at 4-5 mb/s (Limited by my ISP) and this is all while sitting in the opposite end of my house and a floor above the modem. Great product.

Cons: None

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  • Michael H.
  • 3/30/2014 8:04:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks like a charm

Pros: Asus Name, sleek looking, and easy install

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: works well, I replaced a cheep one I bought someplace else with this. I installed the drivers that came on the CD (Asus website had the same version). My OS is Windows 7 64-bit. Strong signal strength.

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1 out of 5 eggsGood for 2 months, then bricked

Pros: Asus name, thats about it.

Cons: Poor range, 15 feet from router and only 2-3 bars of signal

Slower speeds than a single band laptop in the same house, that was 30 feet away.

Worked for 2 months and died a slow death.

Other Thoughts: After a month I had sporadic connection drops that self healed. After 2 months, while playing titanfall on pc, the connection dropped over and over before complete disconnection. Now it will not connect to any wireless networks even though it can detect them.

While still on, my new Linksys Ea3500 router was having a heart attack and the network in the house was frozen. Many attempts to restore the router were fruitless until I disconnected this pc from the network. Once I took it down, everything was right as rain.

This may be asus made, but it is garbage. I originally bought it along with an Asus N600 dual band router, but the router died a month ago and this card died a month later.

Do not touch Asus networking hardware. They use to be great but now are unreliable, poorly made, and the software is awful. The return shelf at "the store" was absolutely filled with asus network gear when I returned the asus router for the Linksys. Steer clear!

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  • Lee K.
  • 2/17/2014 12:48:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsPass

Pros: It worked eventually...?
Um, antennas look cool I guess.

Cons: Causes Windows 8.1 to BSOD unless you pre-load drivers before installing the card.
Poor performance.

Other Thoughts: This thing is just not good. I bought it a few months ago from a local B&M store because I was running low on USB ports and wanted the option of getting rid of my USB WiFi card. It didn't stay in my PC for long as it's significantly slower than my little Netgear WNA3100. If I alternate between the two, both sitting behind my PC tower, I get 5 "bars" and ~20mbps downloads with the Netgear and 3 "bars" with ~6mbps downloads with the ASUS.

And yeah, 8.1. I thought my Netgear had died this weekend, so I dug the ASUS out of my closet. It was my first time running it since updating to 8.1. That was fun trying to download drivers to pre-load when you're having issues connecting to the internet. Eventually the Netgear worked (it was the router that was busted for those curious) and I was able to get the ASUS drivers installed. Then I was reminded why I put this freaking thing in the closet in the first place.

I won't buy another ASUS wireless card. I'm pretty bummed about it, because I've had great luck with their products otherwise and have always trusted them to not put their name on garbage. The PCE-N53 is obviously an exception.

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