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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 WPA2

  • 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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Learn more about the ASUS PCE-AC68

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
PCE-AC68

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 600 and 1300Mbps
Security
64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Interface
PCI Express
Frequency Band
2.4GHz/5GHz
Channels
11 for N. America, 13 Europe (ETSI)
Modulation
64QAM, 16QAM, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK, OFDM
Antenna
3 x R SMA Antenna
System Requirements
OS Support:
Windows 8 , 32bit/64bit
Windows 7 , 32bit/64bit
Windows Vista , 32bit/64bit
Windows XP , 32bit/64bit
Dimensions
103.3 x 68.9 x 21 mm (WxDxH)
Weight
125 g (Device Only)
Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing

Feature

Features
Management:
Wireless configuration
connection management
connection profile setup

The PCE-AC68 uses Broadcom's new 5th generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac chipset to reach speeds of up to 1.3Gbit/s through the 5GHz band, which is three times faster than 802.11n Wi-Fi.

At the same time, it maintains full backward compatibility with all previous Wi-Fi protocols, providing high performance two-way transmission while ensuring a smooth transition to 802.11ac and seamless interconnection with existing devices.

Broadcom TurboQAM hardware integrated on the PCE-AC68 brings the speed benefits of next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

At 600Mbit/s and 1.3Gbit/s respectively, they turn the PCE-AC68 into a formidable AC1900 wireless adapter, providing speeds that cannot be bettered by generic wireless adapters.

Connect the PCE-AC68 to ASUS networks to attain the very highest possible Wi-Fi speeds.

Packaging

Package Contents
Wireless LAN Adapter
AC Adapter
Dipole Antenna x 3
Gigabit Network Cable
External magnetic antenna base
Warranty card

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Timothy B.
  • 7/22/2014 2:42:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice, but no AP mode on Linux

Pros: Looks pretty, nice antenna

Cons: I bought this to be the network card in a Linux box that is a home wifi router (I have business reasons to build my own rather than use something off-the-shelf).

However, as yet there is no driver support for access point mode on Linux. My bad for not checking this carefully first. I've held on it, since an 802.11ac access point would be nice. It's been six months, still waiting.

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  • Nick J.
  • 7/17/2014 2:12:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: - Doesn't cost an arm and a leg
- The fact that the thing needs a heatsink adds a little "toughness" to the look of the computer that it's in
- Fastest consumer AC card that I know of
- The antenna stand lets you direct the signal away from the back of the computer, where there tends to be a lot of interference
- Only needs PCI-e x1, despite the amount of power this thing has

Cons: - Only comes in red (this is more of an annoyance for people who have a color theme for their PC)
- Comes close to needing two slots (I would actually recommend leaving the one in front empty for breathing room)
- No proper Linux driver support for the AC function, though this isn't Newegg's fault
- More expensive than a lot of other wireless cards out there
- Doesn't come with cookies

Other Thoughts: I'm curious as to why they chose red as the color scheme. I would've personally kept it neutral, like black.
The only decent Linux driver for this card is the bcmwl driver from Broadcom. It works, but at not even close to 802.11 AC speeds. I believe wireless N works, but a proper driver has yet to have been developed, so be aware of that if you're using Linux with this card.

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  • Kasey K.
  • 7/9/2014 12:21:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFaster Speeds with no overheating

Pros: Never overheats! I do have very good case circulation too. I have not upgraded all my computers and routers yet but even the old ones connect and have better throughput. I am using stock triple antenna which is fine. I like to be able to use my cantenna sometimes (20 dbi) I bought before FCC shut most online companies down. Range is good with stock antenna and cantenna range is unbelievable. It has narrow beam that needs to be pointed well though. I can use many of my old 5 ghz antennas with same connector for extra power or change in beamwidth. My windows 8.1 was fine with it. There were no driver fixes needed. No disconnect problems like other adapters or versions. No problems yet to report.

Cons: The antenna connectors on the card have two very poor solder connections. I was very careful to not break them. I am electrical engineering student so I will re-solder myself if they break. Not everyone can do that though =) . My optimum antenna alignment was all three standing straight vertically. Multiple arrangements tested. I had software verifying signal to noise levels. This is no guarantee for others' systems but it might help someone.

Other Thoughts: ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Adapter
I am currently using the internal pci express version. It is in my x8 slot. My usb wifi adapters all have overheated and died over last 4 years. I get about 9 months of use which is okay. Portability was reason I had USB versions. My pci cards have always lasted longer in the past so I am trying them again. The price is still very high.

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  • Bryan H.
  • 7/7/2014 6:51:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent so far

Pros: Easy setup, Quickly connected, very fast.
Compared to a wired connection, my ping only increased by 1ms, from 8ms to 9ms.
Great so far!

Cons: Fairly thick, almost touches my graphics card.

Other Thoughts: Got this specifically because I saw other people review it running Windows 8.1 and I also run windows 8.1.
As soon as I turned my computer on after installing it, I immediately downloaded the latest drivers/utilities from Asus.
They were easy to use and worked like a charm. Immediately connected to the 5ghz network.

I realize that ping is also affected by the router, but +1ms delay between router and adapter is pretty darn good!

I also realize that spacing between PCI-e slots has to do with motherboard, but it may be something that someone with a small board might want to watch out for.

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  • Jonathan Y.
  • 7/4/2014 6:34:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBEST PRODUCT EVER

Pros: GREAT signal, Great Through put. GREAT FOR GAMING/ multimedia

Cons: NONE

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  • Cheng D.
  • 6/30/2014 8:39:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the money

Pros: Tried a couple of AC wireless adapters, this is the best one!

Cons: N/A

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  • James V.
  • 6/23/2014 3:41:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy Install, works Great!

Pros: Works, getting 1053 Mb/sec, from 40'

Cons: Nothing really, other than needing a bit more information on beam-forming, but it's probably there I just need to find it and read it.

Other Thoughts: None here, got it here quick, can't complain, almost next day, through the weekend, ordered Friday, got it on Monday.

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  • Paul V.
  • 6/13/2014 6:53:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou get what you pay for

Pros: The adapter was instantly recognized, I had loaded the software before installing the device into the slot.
I was up and running, and since my house connection is a Gigabyte pipe, I was able to get 125 Mbps download, and 120 Mbps upload.

Cons: Must be in PCI-Express slot; to close to graphics card, other slot blocked by chipset cooler.

Other Thoughts: I will never buy a USB adapter, again.

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  • Greg M.
  • 5/28/2014 7:33:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAll Hype No Delivery

Pros: Fast when it works.

Cons: Worked for a bit but consistently dropped connections with ASUS own RT-AC68U dual band router. Updated to the latest drivers and connections times improved, but still dropped. Pretty standard OS upgrades and Nividia upgrades went into place and now it crawls.

Other Thoughts: If Apple made cheaper systems with more cores I would never touch a windows box again. The compatibility headaches and issues are just not worth the time. I have business to conduct. These products were advertised as AMAZING. They are not.

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  • Eric P.
  • 5/21/2014 11:45:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove It!

Pros: Does What It's Supposed To... High Speed Wireless!
+PCI Express
+Internal w/Antenna
+Card Has Heatsink

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've just switched over from Netgear. I've had problems with the netgear setup from day 1, the usb adapter was always hot as heck it had to be removed after every reboot to get it to initialize, and then the ac portion of the router just died.

The design of this adapter being internal with a wired antenna array is perfect no heat issues, no disconnect, no issues on reboot, speed is better, hopefully it'll live longer than the netgear equipment.

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