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ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

  • 5th generation 802.11ac chipset
  • Flexible extended antenna placement
  • Instant Wi-Fi upgrade for your desktop
  • High-power design clears up dead zones
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Terry W.
  • 3/21/2015 10:38:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFor everyone with 5Ghz problems

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Very good hardware, the external antenna with its magnetic base is excellent and I look forward to keeping that around even when the card is obsolete! (provided the next wifi standard(s) don't specify even more radios...) If you're looking at this but worried about some of the bad reviews, Don't worry, just follow my directions and it should work well for you and last a very long time!

Cons: Alright, for anyone who can not see their 5Ghz WiFi network, here's why. Some of the 5Ghz channels fall under a feature called DFS, and you will not be able to see the network if your wifi device doesn't support this feature as well. Here's the catch, the broadcom driver ASUS packages with their software is extremely out of date and does not include support for this.

Here's the solution, Do not bother installing ASUS's drivers, and if you have, uninstall them first. Search Google for Station Drivers Broadcom BCM43xx drivers" the webpage will be in German but that's fine, just translate it if you have to. It's by far the best place i could find to download these drivers from. The newest version driver I found for Windows 7 was version 7.12.39.12/11. Download that and extract it to anyplace you want. Next, open your device manager and right click on the wifi card then update device software. Select browse my computer -> let me pick -> have disk, then go to where ever you extracted your new drivers and navigate to Win7 -> Drivers -> Win 7 -> WL, the file were looking for specificly is bcmwl6.sys. click ok, and chose 802.11ac card. Provided everything went well so far, now it's time to restart! After you restart, check to see if you can now see you're 5Ghz network, if so, congrats!! If not, there's one last thing you might have to do. Go back to your device manager and right click on your adapter again, click on properties this time, then the advanced tab. Look for 802.11h+d and change it to "strick 802.11h" and click ok out of the setting box, the wifi card will reset itself again and now you should see your 5Ghz WiFi. all done!

Other Thoughts: I hope this helps some people out, If you're in the same boat as me, sometimes you cant chose the wifi channels you can use, for example at work, or in my case, I have an Apple Airport Extreme that simply will not let me set anything other than "Automatic" which seems to mean channel 136

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  • Evan R.
  • 3/16/2015 6:12:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnot worth the price

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: fancy heatsink
magnetic base looks cool
connects at 1.3Gbps

Cons: 99$ for the same speed I was getting

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a 450 N card, since the rest of my house was already wired with AC devices, it was time to upgrade my desktop. I purchased this thinking it would allow me to backup to my backup server much faster...boy was I wrong. From a distance of ~5 ft, this thing barely connects at 1300Mbps, usually hangs around 866Mbps. I ran iperf between a media center pc running iperf plugged into my asus AC-68U router, and my desktop with this card. At a distance of ~5 feet, I only got ~140Mbps....which is about the speed I gout with my previous 450N card.

I tried to position the antennas every which way, check settings in the driver, change channels, etc...I only maybe twice got 1300Mbps, and when using iperf between the two devices never saw better than 140Mbps.

I'm contemplating returning this due to the fact that it is nowhere near faster than my previous adapter.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Evanrich,

I do understand the issue that you are having right now and my sincere apology for any inconvenience it has caused you. It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the issue with the product is an isolated case. ASUS provides warranty for the product in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. I would like to personally assist you on this matter. Kindly email back at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150364320 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Christina G.
  • 3/16/2015 10:43:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Looks and works amazingly. best wireless card I've ever owned.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Its a bit pricy but absolutly worth the money.

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  • tyler m.
  • 3/15/2015 8:36:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDo not use the Asus Drivers!!!!!

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: this is a very fast and amazing piece of hardware. it worked fantastic until it fried itself.

Cons: the software is garbage and results in hundreds of thousands of service errors. This eventually led to the death of said wireless card. I would recommend this product 100% if not for the very serious issue with the software provided.

Other Thoughts: if you have already bought this wireless card PLEASE do the following. After installation of the driver software copy all the files. Then using the installation wizard uninstall completely. After this is done you can manually install the Drivers from your device manager. This will save the wireless card from burning up, or worse your motherboard.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Metic,

I do understand the issue that you are having right now and my sincere apology for any inconvenience it has caused you. It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the issue with the product is an isolated case. ASUS provides warranty for the product in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. I would like to personally assist you on this matter. Kindly email
back at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150364374 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Harry C.
  • 3/14/2015 7:32:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: I use this with the D-Link DIR-890L/R. They work well together to provide a fast connection that's as good as a wired connecion.

Cons: None.

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  • Andrew H.
  • 3/5/2015 8:41:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFast card yet loud

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Fast download speeds

Cons: The unit makes a loud sound similar to a hard drive reading each time it accesses the web. I just built my computer to be super quite and the card ruins that aspect.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer

I certainly understand your concern with regards to the adapter that you have. I would like to personally assist you about this matter. Kindly email at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150335306 in the subject line for a reference to your case.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • waheed k.
  • 3/2/2015 6:40:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggslose connection every 10mins

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: fast when i had connection...

Cons: i kept loosing connection every 10mins. it would search for connection for about 30seconds and then do it all over again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear EE,

I certainly understand your concern with regards to the adapter that you have. I would like to personally assist you about this matter. Kindly email at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150335311 in the subject line for a reference to your case.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • LOR X.
  • 3/1/2015 10:11:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Range..5 bars!!!

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Easy set-up, paired with my ASUS-RT-68U. Connected on 5ghz channel, PC is on 2nd floor no drops and got full 1300 (1.3GBs). Very happy, upgraded from N to AC now. Highly recommend this adapter!!!

Cons: FYI: Cable is kind of short and stiff but no EGG off!

Other Thoughts: If you are still using wireless N then there is no need to upgrade. There are plenty of N adapters for cheaper price.

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  • Brian P.
  • 2/24/2015 12:11:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAsus is genius

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: -Great design quality
-High bandwidth and power
-High range
-Consistent connection with no drops
-Consistent increase in speed over my other wireless adapters (usually around 30 mbps on speedtest during the day, up to 40 at night, with a 50 mbps connection)

Cons: -Signal strength over distance is amazing, but the strength over a distance as reported by Windows will mislead you...more on this ahead:

-In my situation, being located very far from my router, 5GHz isn't as usable as 2.4GHz. The 5GHz band does indeed work fine, however.

Other Thoughts: The engineers at Asus are tricky. As per the Asus website, this adapter outputs between 18 and 22 dbm, or between 64 mw to 160 mw. This initially confused me, as I'm used to seeing one constant output power for wireless adapters. More on this below.

**Once a connection with your access point is made and stable, the Asus device will then, in real-time, dynamically change power output according to internet usage needs. If you are at a long distance from your router, you may see Windows report 1 or 2 bars, but that is really a lie and not reflecting what is really going on inside the Asus adapter as you will see**

I did some testing, and found when fully loading my connection (twitch.tv stream and speedtest.net running at the same time) the signal reported by the Asus utility hovers around -40 dbm, while when my activity is idle it hovers around -80 dbm. Lighter internet activity results in -60 or -70 dbm. -40 dbm would match up with the top end 22 dbm output power, and -80 dmb would mathcup with the low end of the range, 18 dbm. It is crazy really, that the Asus engineers have implemented this genius power optimization technique which also reduces interference in your general vicinity.

Now, Windows can apparently only report the weakest level of signal used by the Asus adapter. Even as the Asus adapter increases output power to the full 22 dbm, Windows will remain steady for whatever reason and not report that change. But, naturally, if you are located close to your router, even the lowest 18 dbm power output at idle usage should provide nearly full bars. Either way, the max power of this device when at full internet load should be good enough for a very large distance. I am personally situated about 60 feet from my Linksys EA6900 router, up a floor, on the opposite side of the house.

All-in-all, this PCe wireless adapter is rock solid. There is some great design and engineering behind it.

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  • kevin w.
  • 2/22/2015 7:32:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this thing

This review is from: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 600 and 1300Mbps Wireless Data Rates

Pros: Everything... This thing is fast! Easy install / setup. Haven't had a single problem since I put it in my computer.

Cons: None so far.

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