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ASUS USB-AC56 Dual-band Wireless-AC1200 USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter Up to 300+867Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2

  • Next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi — Up to 300+867Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Selectable 5 GHz/2.4 GHz dual bands
  • AiRadar technology provides a stronger signal over greater distances
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Mike W.
  • 8/5/2014 10:59:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCan't change MAC address

Pros: Good speed

Cons: I have so far not been able to get this adapter to work with Linux (Ubuntu 10.04; PCLOS 2014)
I was very disappointed to discover that the MAC address can not be changed with the WinXP drivers. This causes big problems on my home network, especially is I move the adapter from one PC to another.
I also have the problem of intermittently dropping connections.

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  • Xiaohui L.
  • 7/19/2014 2:17:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Hardware

Pros: Brought this as a switch over since my older Realtek adapter didn't have the proper drivers for Windows 8. Setup is incredibly easy, speed is blistering compared to my older adapters, and incredible range as well.

Cons: The ASUS software utility gave me issues after about three days. The Internet will randomly give out, the network will disconnect itself, and it would sometimes even forget my wireless passwords.

Other Thoughts: Overall, great little adapter. USB 3.0 speed, very good range. Expect a bit of a hassle with the utility software (flashing up on screen, wireless passwords being forgotten upon bootup, etc), but otherwise this is a very fine adapter indeed.

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  • Douglas P.
  • 5/24/2014 1:01:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsus USB-AC56

Pros: Very easy setup to get it working right away. Works with everything from Linux, Mac, Windows XP through Windows 8.1. I like to see continued support for Windows XP and Linux. Shows that Asus actually care about the consumers, you know, the people keeping them in business! Keep up the good work Asus!!!

Cons: Wish I had an AC router so I could get that claimed 800+ MB/Second transfer speed. No actual complaints to speak of so far.

Other Thoughts: If there were any bugs for Windows 8, they've been fixed to my knowledge.

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  • Roger V.
  • 5/13/2014 12:16:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate: New driver for Windows 8.1 available from Asus

Pros: Fast and reliable connections.

Cons: None at the moment

Other Thoughts: This is an update for my previous review. Asus has a new driver for Windows 8.1 available for download for this wireless adapter. Seems much better, can reboot now without losing connection. Give it a try, you'll like your wireless adapter a lot more. Makes adapter a solid product.

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  • Roger V.
  • 4/26/2014 11:51:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost there, not quite

Pros: Fast and reliable once it has fully connected itself to the router wireless.

Cons: Often useless after boot, 6Mbps connection speed instead of 867Mbps

Other Thoughts: Works well, solid and fast, except right after boot. No problems after the adapter gets fully connected. However, often after boot or restart, the adapter will come up with 2 bars of signal strength (about 3 feet from my wireless router), and with a connection speed of 6Mbps. If I disconnect from the wireless and reconnect, after a few seconds the connection speed will come up to 867Mbps and full 5 bars signal strength. This is clearly a driver problem, and I don't think that I should have to hunt all over the internet to find a better driver for proprietary hardware, and take the risk of installing a non-Asus driver on my computer. If it didn't have this driver problem, I could give this adapter a 5-star rating, but until the driver is fixed...Oh yeah, using Windows 8.1, just for information.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/23/2014 8:20:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsRTL8812au chipset for the tech level 5ers

Pros: All these tech 5s on here and not one mention of the RTL8812au chipset from RealTek. hmmm. And if you are a tech level 6, you might even be able to find different drivers. And here is a novel idea for those complaining about the asus wifi utility: use just the drivers ? hey, what a great idea ?!?!?!

Cons: tech level Pinocchios , especially those that bash W 8.

Other Thoughts: working perfect on W 8.1 x64 professional with mysterious drivers from the www wasteland.

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  • David T.
  • 4/20/2014 6:58:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: Cradle/Dock included | Supports Beam-forming | True USB-3.0

Cons: Not too fond of the Asus Utility for this Adapter. It seems a bit redundant since Windows provides more than adequate support/options to connect/configure Wi-Fi Adapters. But I'm reviewing the Adapter, not the additional software so no eggs lost

Other Thoughts: I've been working with AC routers and AC adapters since their inception. I bought the the very first AC Router the first day it was released. Soon after this I bought the first AC Adapter. Although these AC hardware components were made by a different manufacturer than ASUS, I was able to get familiar with this technology. I was more than happy with the results of those products.
But when I bought the ASUS AC56 WiFi Adapter, I was able to see just how powerful AC technology was. The speed is phenominal and this adapter ran on my USB-3.0 port. It was flawless on both my systems too.

What I see happening with most of the AC Adapters is really baffling. So many people cannot get them to work properly. But I have installed at least 100 AC Adapters this year, for myself, family, friends, and customers. Alot of ASUS but even other brands. Everyone wants to blame the adapter when they cannot get it to work. But I have yet to find one snag that cannot be overcome by an update or taking 5 minutes of my time to troubleshoot. And this ASUS adapter is the fastest I have seen yet. No problems connecting. No problems remaining connected, and, not one customer has complained about these issues I read about.

I think the world of Plug and Pray has spoiled everyone including those who claim to have high tech knowledge. I remember when Plug and Play was breaking ground many years ago and there was never a time since then that the term "Plug and Pray" was forgotten. It is NOT going to install itself every time. All system configurations will never be exactly the same. All hardware in a system is not likely going to be identical. But even through multiple configurations, hardware & software, this Asus adapter is easy to work with, but I do not install the utility most of the time.

However, one time I noticed that a system took a little extra time when connecting to the 5GHz band. But it was a speed demon once connected. I think alot of people need to rethink their skills and spend some time blaming Windows 8.x.
I think Windows 8 is the new Windows ME. It is probably one the worst offerings from Microsoft in a very long time and a large number of users have reverted to Windows 7 for stability reasons. Although I have managed to install this ASUS Adapter in many Windows 8 machines, I think the instability of an Operating System will often compromise the networking functions. And this has caused some to revert back to their Wireless N-Adapters. Bottom line, this ASUS Adapter will install on any system that has the hardware and software properly configured. I will stand by this adapter with confidence because I have quite a bit of hands on experience with it and 100% success rate so far. AWESOME Job ASUS!!

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  • James H.
  • 4/15/2014 4:47:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUSB-AC56

Pros: The downloaded s/w was not compatible with Win 8.1 - blue screened consistently. Unless Asus provides proper drivers that work, I advise not purchasing.

Cons: faulty s/w

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  • Nathan L.
  • 4/8/2014 3:18:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFast - when it works

Pros: Very fast connection

Excellent Range

Cons: As others have mentioned, it will randomly drop the connection and then you have to disable or unplug it and re-enable. But that gets tiring after a while....

Other Thoughts: Hopefully they release a firmware fix, or something, soon....

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  • Michael N.
  • 3/27/2014 7:21:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth the money or any...

Pros: It's black and it makes my laptops really cool with it's massive antenna sticking out of a USB port.

Cons: Spotty connection at best. Tested with both MacBook Pro and Dell PC. Kept crashing my Mac. Kept dropping the connection with my Dell.

Other Thoughts: Wait until 802.11ac hardware becomes competitive. That way companies can improve on flaws and eventually create a reliable product.

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