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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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Learn more about the ASUS PCE-N53

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
PCE-N53

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink
Security
WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Interface
PCI Express
Frequency Band
2.4G~2.4835GHz / 5.1~5.8GHz
Channels
11 for N. America, 13 Europe (ETSI)
Modulation
CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK, OFDM
Transmitted Power
b mode: 15 ~19 dBm
g mode: 13 ~17 dBm
n mode: 12 ~16 dBm
Antenna
2 x R SMA Antenna
System Requirements
OS:
Windows 7 32bit/64bit
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Linux Kernel 2.6 (Support Ubuntu Fedora only)
Weight
45.8g (Device Only)
Temperature
0°C - 65°C (32°F - 149°F)
Humidity
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing

Feature

Features
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.

Packaging

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

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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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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  • MICHAEL C.
  • 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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  • Kirk K.
  • 2/15/2014 9:49:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDrivers are finally good

Pros: With the latest drivers it works great with Windows 7 (64-bit). It includes both a regular and a low-profile bracket for compatibility with any standard case. Reliability is good considering I've had this over a year.

Cons: The Asus web site does not have the latest drivers. They provide very old drivers for Windows 7 and somewhat newer ones for Windows 8, but still not as new as what is available from MediaTek.

Other Thoughts: I've been using this for more than a year and with older drivers I saw some of the issues mentioned in other reviews. However, everything seems to be working fine with drivers released in the last few months. The Asus web site is not updated frequently so it is best to download the drivers directly from MediaTek.

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  • Scotty T.
  • 1/25/2014 9:07:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: i have had this adapter over a year now with no problems. i did get the drivers from MediaTek..i disabled the 2.4 ghz. using 5 ghz only..getting 300Mbps constant. im running windows 7 64bit..ive noticed people have had trouble with windows 8..maybe MediaTek has the driver for this, just make sure you are downloading the right file.

Cons: asus drivers arent as good as MediaTek

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  • Michael C.
  • 1/15/2014 3:55:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnreliable with poor drivers

Pros: I got this card about a year ago because it was a good price and was dual-band. I was hoping to be able to use a 5 Ghz connection for file transfers and video streaming, not to mention gaming on my desktop. Wifi speeds from a card like this with decent reception should be more than enough to surpass my cable internet connection.

Cons: Unfortunately, I have not had a very good experience with this card. I have installed the latest drivers from Windows Update but my otherwise-stable desktop build experiences frequent stuttering (lasting up to 2-3 seconds) where the mouse freezes and any currently playing audio loops. Sometimes the computer freezes entirely and must be reset; I also recently got my first-ever BSOD on Windows 7 x64 since I built this machine in 2010. Online images (Steam client store, web pages) often become corrupted when loaded and must be force-refreshed. Although the signal is reported at 4-5 bar strength, file transfer rates over my LAN never exceed 8-16 Mbps, making HD video streaming impossible and, when coupled with the stuttering, turn online gaming into a lagfest. I disabled this card in Device Manager and lo and behold, no stuttering or freezing issues; however, with the card disabled I can't test anything online.

Other Thoughts: The drivers for this card appear to be very poor, as is the reception. With a good connection to the router (also an Asus, the RT-N66U which I'm also less-than-pleased with for other reasons) like this and dual-band capabilities I shouldn't be having speed problems and, more importantly, my computer shouldn't be having these stuttering and corruption issues. My wife streams APrime HD video over the same wifi on her laptop just fine.

I've been a fan of Asus motherboards for years but this card is a marked disappointment. Maybe the problem lies with the manufacturer of the actual network chip on the card, but still i expect better from Asus.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Michael,
You may want to try this adapter on a different computer and see if there’s an improvement. Which driver version do you have installed? For further assistance, please contact me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3396791 in the subject line. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.
Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/14/2014 12:29:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDon't buy if you have Windows 8

Pros: Gets a 2.4 GHz signal.

Cons: The 2.4 GHz signal can only move data at 1 megabyte per second max, and the 5 GHz signal doesn't work at all.

Other Thoughts: The drivers for the card have crashed (BSoD) my computer on multiple occasions and my build as a whole is glitchy when I have the card installed. These problems are most likely my fault since I am running Windows 8.1, but it would be nice to have a working card.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I would like to help you fix this unit with updated driver. Please obtain the latest driver at: http://www.asus.com/us/Networking/PCEN53/#support
and reach out to me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3396838 in the subject line. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.

Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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