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ASUS PCE-AC66 Next Generation AC Dual-Band Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 1750Mbps (450/1300Mbps) Wireless Data Rates

  • IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Up to 1750Mbps (450/1300Mbps) Wireless Data Rates
  • 2.4GHz/5GHz
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The ASUS PCE-AC66 Wi-Fi PCI Express adapter offers instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi upgrade for your desktop: no more messy Ethernet cables needed. It is powered by 5th generation 802.11ac chipset for world’s fastest 5G Wi-Fi speed of 1.30Gbps. High-power design clears up dead zones with 150% greater coverage. The custom heatsink on the Wi-Fi PCI Express adapter dissipates heat for more stable and reliable non-stop operation. Plus, the stylish external magnetized antenna base gives you more flexibility in adjusting antenna placement to get the best signal reception quality possible.

  • newegg Fastest Wi-Fi standard: 802.11ac Thanks to Broadcom’s new 5th generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac chipset, the PCE-AC66 provides high speeds of up to 1.3Gbps on the 5GHz band. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is three times faster than 802.11n Wi-Fi and is backward compatible with all previous Wi-Fi protocols. It provides high performance two-way transmission while ensuring a smooth transition to 802.11ac and seamless interconnection with existing devices.
  • newegg No more dead zones with 150% the coverage! Powerful two-way transmission and a signal-boosting high-gain design give the PCE-AC66 improved two-way transmission that extends Wi-Fi range and coverage by up to 150% compared to generic client devices. This extended reach means the elimination of dead spots at any location, offering fast and uninterrupted HD streaming and smooth multiplayer gaming wherever you may be.
  • newegg Instant Wi-Fi upgrade for desktops With its PCI Express interface, the PCE-AC66 plugs into any motherboard with PCI Express slot to give your desktop an instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi upgrade, with access to speeds of up to 1.3Gbps. As it connects directly to the motherboard, there are no messy cables to clutter your computing environment, and no dedicated power supply is required.
  • newegg Flexible extended antenna placement The three detachable antennas of the PCE-AC66 can be placed remotely via bundled extension cables. A magnetized stand also comes in the box, which can easily attach to various surfaces for more placement options. By making the antennas mobile, the design offers more flexibility in choosing locations for better signal reception and quality.
  • newegg Stylish Aluminum heasink handles heat for extra stability The added heatsink uses highly-conductive aluminum to remove heat from the chipset, ensuring greater reliability for non-stop operation. Lower temperatures translate into a more stable device in all climate conditions, even during hot summers, and greater stability means more consistent connectivity and longer product lifespan. Plus, the heatsink has been crafted for a stylish look, once more showing ASUS always goes beyond the spec.


Learn more about the ASUS PCE-AC66

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
PCE-AC66

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 1750Mbps (450/1300Mbps)
Interface
PCI Express
Frequency Band
2.4GHz/5GHz
Antenna
External Antenna
System Requirements
Support OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP and Windows 8

Feature

Features
3 x Detachable Antenna for 2.4GHz/5GHz with peak gain 3dBi/ 5dBi

External Magnetic Antenna Base

Low profile bracket include.

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • James V.
  • 5/26/2014 11:43:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCrashes computer on startup

Pros: When it isn't crashing my computer the range and signal are great

Cons: If you have anything with a z87 chipset then steer clear. I usually have to start my rig 4 to 5 times before it actually boots. Removing the card and drivers solves that. I was wondering for months and months what was causing it and finally found some verification online that it was the wireless card.

Other Thoughts: I usually really love ASUS products, but they really dropped the ball on this one. When I contacted support I was shuffled around so much that I just gave up.

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  • Eric S.
  • 3/17/2014 9:59:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Happy

Pros: When it used to work it worked okay. It was no better or worse than other wireless solutions from other manufacturers.

Cons: It doesn't work now that I have upgraded my computer.

Apparently the fact that I spent $100 just a year ago on a product that is now worthless to me means nothing to Asus.

I recently upgraded my computer to a new Intel Haswel Core i5 quad. The motherboard that I have runs the B85 chipset. So get this.....the wireless card has a chip that is not compatible with the new Haswell setup. Wow, bummer....

I decide to contact Asus to inquire as to what could be done. Guess what?....nothing can be done. There attitude is tough luck buy the new one that is compatible. Way to go Asus. Such awesome customer support. Way to treat your loyal customers. I think it's safe to say I will not be purchasing Asus products anymore.

At least Newegg was awesome enough to offer me something. They offered me a $10promisory note on my account towards the purchase of the new model.

However, I would rather just spend more and not buy the Asus card again. I am not looking for a free handout here, but a company that won't do anything for it's consumers is not a company I want to be associated with.

Other Thoughts: Funny how all these big companies just don't care about individual consumers. My discontent isn't going to hurt them much, but at least I get the satisfaction of not contributing a dollar towards their products ever again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We sincerely apologize. For product support, please contact me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3597098 in the subject line. Also, please provide me the serial number of your unit. You should know that all of our ASUS products are worry-free as we provide all of our ASUS customers, like you, with continuous technical support, continuous communication at no additional cost. In addition, your ASUS router is backed by a 24-month manufacturer’s warranty. 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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  • James H.
  • 12/1/2013 4:18:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMeh...?

Pros: -Adds wireless connectivity
-Looks good
-Build Quality

Cons: -Doesn't work all the time(for me)
-Initial specs and advertising were misleading

Other Thoughts: I'm currently running a Z87 haswell. My board already had wireless and i was going to use them together to increase my down/upload speed with teaming. Unfortunately it seems that it doesn't play well with the specs it was billed for. I recently finished my new build and it didn't take long to figure out that this was the source of my headaches. It was new and i thought it might just need a software update(wishful thinking). After reading another review it now seems that it just doesn't work well with z87 boards/haswell. Oh well. I didn't have any of the intermittent or drop issues. No abnormally slow transfer rates. When it worked it was fine. When it didn't it either wasn't recognized or it stalled/frooze my OS(Windows 7 Ultimate) before full initialization(At the windows logo). I contacted ASUS and they responded quickly. I didn't call the number they gave in the email though. I'll keep this card and try it in another computer. Maybe make a little money off of it. If it still has the same issues then I'll try to return it. If i can't I'll practice my soldering on it. In the mean time I'll try the ac68 to see if that works. It still gets 3 eggs for now, even with the problems, because it potentially still works...just not for me.

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  • Nicholas F.
  • 11/21/2013 12:24:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorthless waste of money

Pros: Technically it connects to 802.11n

Cons: It forgets or neglects 5G networks, refuses to run 802.11ac, and generally runs a whopping 5.5mbps while less than 30ft from the router in an open room. Practically unusable in other rooms (and mind you this is with a dual-band router that is less than a few weeks old).

Not to mention that the device is unsupported and the customer service is practically non existent

Other Thoughts: I bought this item when the reviews showed it was a better product only to come back here some time later to see just how much of a piece of junk this thing really is.

I assure you this is the last ASUS product I'll be buying. Do yourself a favor and move on.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/9/2013 10:00:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsAbsolute Rubbish!

Pros: It looks nice - nice shiny red heat sink

Cons: Absolute JUNK - does not work from out of the box - it cannot find the WiFi router (whilst my laptop, other PC, two Samsung TV's all can!) After moving it around in different PCI slots, and about 6 hours resetting router etc (Linksys EA6700) it eventually connects intermittently - This was after ditching the installation drivers on the CD and updating with a later version from ASUS.
It at least now can actually see the network.

The JUNK doesn't stop there though - when you try to the network on the 5GHz. AC setting, it connects at 1300MB/s for about 5 seconds, then drops to a lighning speed of 19.5MB/s - it locks up trying to address the router, it locks up trying to get on the web, it locks up all of the time - it is a piece of JUNK!

This was setup in an ASUS Motherboard - P8Z77V-Deluxe!!! Doesn't work!

I have then tried it on a P7P55LE M/B - Again ASUS - and it won't even connect.

Do yourselves a favour and wait until a decent company like Cisco/Linksys or similar bring out a decent card that actually works!

Other Thoughts: Wasted over 100USDF on this rubbish - shame on ASUS!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Please try moving this device closer to the router. Also, please temporarily disable any firewall, anti-virus or security suite program that’s running in the background of your computer when you’re running connectivity test on this device. If you require further assistance, please contact me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3146840 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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  • Colin B.
  • 11/1/2013 9:56:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy if you have a Z87 motherboard!

Pros: fast

Cons: doesnt work with z87 motherboards - haswell
doesnt work with b85 motherboards - haswell

Other Thoughts: Upgraded my motherboard and cpu to Haswell and Z87 chipset.

then found out that my super fast wifi card is basically a paper weight, due to the conflict between Z87 chipset and AC66 wifi adapter.

Very disappointed, Now I have to downgrade to a $30 wifi card and sell this off or RMA it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We sincerely apologize for this issue. If you need to RMA this unit with us, please email me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3143745 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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  • Colin B.
  • 10/31/2013 11:57:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBeware Z87 and B85 mobo owners!

Pros: super fast
works great with asus ac66 router
easy to install

Cons: doesn't work with z87 mobo chipset
doesnt work with b85 mobo chipset

Other Thoughts: So I purchased this wifi adapter and it was amazing and super fast and perfect to join with my AC66 router.

Then I went from a LGA 1155 mobo to the latest and greatest LGA 1150 Z87 mobo with new Haswell CPU.

Guess what?

The Asus motherboard and Asus wifi adapter don't work together! Not because of Asus, but because of the chipset for Z87 and B85.

So beware if you are building a new pc, to go with a different wifi adapter because everyone you boot up into windows it'll freeze every.other.time.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Colin,

If you require RMA’ing your product with us, then please contact me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3147208 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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  • Andrew H.
  • 10/25/2013 6:03:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks perfectly

Pros: Easy Install
Easy to use software and drivers
Solid 5 bar connection through 2 floors and multiple walls

Cons: Doesn't speed up a cra.ppy router / DSL connection

Other Thoughts: Well worth the money. i used some cra.ppy USB wireless adapters before and could never go back after this.

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  • Matthew J.
  • 10/22/2013 8:36:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome wireless card

Pros: This has probably been the best wireless card I have had in a desktop machine in a long time. It handles file transfers like a champ. I run backups every 3 days roughly 40GB and it works great.

Windows tested only. I haven't had a chance to play with it in linux yet.

Cons: None

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  • Gabriel B.
  • 10/17/2013 2:44:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: When it works, it works well.

Cons: Mostly doesn't work.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this card about a month ago to put in my new Z87 build, without noticing all the complaints about it not working with the Z87 boards.

I requested an RMA from ASUS, and sent it off hoping to receive the AC68 in return, but was simply shipped another AC66--which also doesn't work.

Service so far has not been helpful, and if I can't get this sorted out, I doubt I'll be purchasing an ASUS product again any time soon.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you. Please reach out to me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3088473 in the subject line. I would like to help you and address this misunderstanding with the RMA. Also, when you email me, please provide me your RMA#. 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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