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ASUS USB-AC56 Dual-band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter Up to 400+867Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2

  • Next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi — Up to 400+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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  • JERRY S.
  • 4/10/2016 7:58:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLinux driver hunt required

Pros: This is about the ASUS USB-AC56 wireless-AC1300 USB 3.0 Wi-Fi adapter as purchased in April, 2016. Well, it can be made to work, with some effort: an 8812au driver (rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux) from github - (link) https://github.com/abperiasamy/rtl8812AU_8821AU_linux - did work for me with DKMS, both on Ubuntu 15.10 and Knoppix 7.6.0; I just followed the instructions from the aforementioned web page to add/build/install using the dkms command. (Using "make" failed for me.) With that 8812au kernel module the ASUS USB-AC56 reception strength was reported as weak relative to that when a Gigabyte GC-W5300D PCIe card was installed in the same host (that PCIe card uses a Qualcomm Atheros AR5B22 / AR9462 chipset / ath9k driver), but at least this ASUS USB-AC56 stick could be made to work with that github-sourced 8812au driver.

Cons: At this writing, this device _won't_ work out-of-the-box in at least a couple of recent (in April, 2016) 64-bit Linux distros: Ubuntu 15.10 and Knoppix 7.6.0. I then tried three different Linux device drivers, including one from the ASUS web site, all of which failed their builds somewhere in "make", possibly because of 32-bit vs. 64-bit architecture issues.

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if ASUS, or whoever is producing the drivers for Linux that ASUS publishes on its website, would get the drivers and utilities to build on my favored Linux distros when one runs the install script.
Eventually _this_ version of this ASUS WiFi stick, as available in April, 2016 with _this_ RTL 88xx chipset, will work out-of-the-box on various future versions of Linux distros, but it's likely to be a moving target - by then ASUS might well be selling a product with this name using an altogether different chipset that no longer works out-of-the-box.
Until we have true Linux device driver nirvana, where everything just works, I'll suggest the wikidevi.com site as a resource for hunting down drivers and related installation instructions.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/15/2016 11:45:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than the Netgear AC1200 (A6210) adapter

Pros: I ran some thorough tests with the ASUS adapter versus Netgear's close competitor - the A6210 Wireless USB adapter. I had them connecting to the ASUS RT-AC68U router with the latest stock firmware with minor custom configurations (QoS, channels, etc.). Tools used for testing was Acrylic WiFi, some Android apps and Netstumbler. We're on a fast Comcast 200mb (down)/15mb (up) connection and the adapters were tested on an MSi GT70 gaming-grade laptop running Windows 10 64-bit.

The ASUS runs slightly faster than the Netgear, had much better beamforming, and was pretty much plug-n-play. I didn't bother with the drivers supplied with the disc as I normally rely on visiting the manufacturer's site for the latest stable firmware. The ASUS utility is good -- shows link state/speed, IP info, and other basic information. 5-10 feet away from the router and this thing works as advertised: 867+mbps on 5ghz and excellent speed on the 2.4ghz as well. The fastest I was able to register right next to the router was 192Mbps (down) and 13Mbps (up) which means I'm almost reaching the total speed our ISP provides us.

The real test was moving throughout a very large 8-room, 2-story house and testing the connection through several walls, corners, and 2 thick exterior brick walls and glass. Due to wiring, my router is located in a downstairs room on the far corner of the home and not near the center of the home as it should be. Unfortunately some of the WiFi radius bleeds outside toward the neighbors, but thanks to the 4 adjustable antennas on the router I have them all pointing in certain directions with no major dead zones in the house.

From about 30-40 feet on the upstairs landing (in line of sight with the router) my laptop was still registering a 5ghz link speed of 867Mbps. Farther down past 2 bedrooms (no line of sight to the router and going through several walls) and my connection slightly dipped to 600+.

In the farthest upstairs room directly opposite from the router downstairs, I was able to establish the 5ghz link at 325Mbps. What was really impressive is how well beamforming was working when I repositioned the usb cradle and laptop in different locations in the room. Using the provided ASUS utility and additional tools, I could actually see the link gradually increase until it maxed out just over 585Mbps. I'd say the adapter is doing a great job considering the location of the router and that the 5ghz frequency has to pass through several indoor walls/floor, 2 exterior brick walls, a balcony with iron railings, and dual-pane glass. 5ghz has less of a range and penetration compared to 2.4ghz so the drop in speed was expected. Despite this, I'm very satisfied with the performance. The fastest speed I was able to register from the farthest upstairs bedroom was 174Mbps (down) and 12Mbps (up). Upstairs speed on 5ghz is almost as fast as being right next to the router. This was accomplished through adjusting certain settings on the router (disabling TX burst, changing the channel bandwidth to 80mhz, disabling airtime fairness, etc.) I'm stoked at the speed!

Cons: Too bad the cord for the usb cradle isn't longer. That's not enough to subtract an egg though. The cord is rather thick and seems to provide good shielding.

It's a little heavier than I expected due to the antenna but not a big deal for me since I'll mostly use the usb cradle.

Other Thoughts: I'm very pleased with ASUS networking products compared to other competitors. It's very rare that I have an issue with them.

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1 out of 5 eggsFine while it worked

Pros: Worked fine for all of 92 days. It might drop the signal 3 or 4 times a week, but otherwise was OK.

Cons: On the 92nd day, it dropped the signal and I couldn't get it back. Tried every USB port, rebooted, reinstalled... nothing. I was simply reading a news feed one morning and it croaked. Signal on my Surface tablet was fine, so I knew the router and my ISP were good.

Other Thoughts: I have an old N USB adapter from Cisco that has been working for 5 years on one of my older computers. I would have expected more from ASUS.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jeannine,

Thank you for your time on posting this review, we are sorry to hear your experience with the ASUS wireless adapter. On behalf of ASUS we apologize for any inconvenience the unit has caused you.

Please allow me to assist you. First can I have the units serial number for me to check and verify the units warranty and in case we need to process an RMA. Please try the steps below to try to troubleshoot the units problem.

1. Try different port on the computer or power cycle the computer
2. Uninstall and reinstall the driver with its support disk then power cycle the computer; (or do no.3 first)
3. or, download and install the latest network adapter driver then power cycle the computer (or do no.2 first)
4. Check its compatibility with the router and/or distance from it
5. Check the main router's firmware if updated
6. Compare other wireless devices if they are having same issue/s
7. Check its compatibility with the computer's Operating System, AntiVirus and Firewall
8. Use different computer for comparison and follow again the steps above.

For further assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case #N151153208 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

If ever you want to call our representatives please check link below for the contact numbers.

http://www.asus.com/us/support/CallUs

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Matthew E.
  • 8/28/2015 4:32:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdont waste your money

Pros: Would be cool, I bet, if it just worked. Coll flashing blue light, until it drops signal

Cons: The drivers have not been updated for Windows 10, the product drops a signal every 20 seconds, then will not reconnect. Worthless for me on Windows 10.

Other Thoughts: I'm connecting to an RT AC87U ASUS router, 20 feet away.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Matthew,

Thank for your time on posting this review, we are sorry to hear your experience with the ASUS wireless adapter. Please allow me to assist you. Please try the steps below to try to fix the wireless adapters issue.

1. Try different port on the computer or power cycle the computer
2. Uninstall and reinstall the driver with its support disk then power cycle the computer; (or do no.3 first)
3. or, download and install the latest network adapter driver then power cycle the computer (or do no.2 first)
4. Check its compatibility with the router and/or distance from it
5. Check the main router's firmware if updated
6. Compare other wireless devices if they are having same issue/s
7. Check its compatibility with the computer's Operating System, AntiVirus and Firewall
8. Use different computer for comparison and follow again the steps above.

If you need further technical assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case #N150902626 in the subject line for a reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Michael A.
  • 7/26/2015 11:03:41 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat wireless adapter

Pros: This adapter might be more on the high end regarding price, but it's definitely worth it if your main setup can't use a wired connection and you need a reliable wireless adapter for important work (or gaming). I went through at least three other cheap adapters from other brands and having them break or just die before purchasing this ASUS adapter. I knew the ASUS brand and had a good feeling before I purchased. My PC is online 24/7 and this adapter hasn't had any issues for well over a year of being constantly running with only a few reboots. Very fast and reliable, assuming you have a modern wireless router and stable internet.

Cons: None at all.

Other Thoughts: It might cost more, but will save you money down the road if using a wireless connection is a must for you. It is USB 3.0 and has a small external antenna.

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  • Keith W.
  • 6/14/2015 3:54:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGot it to work with Ubuntu 13.04 64bit

Pros: On an Asus EB1503 with dual boot Win7 & Ubuntu 13.04.
Came packaged with the latest driver 4.2.5
Used the following instructions to load the driver (from Asus site, same driver):
Take Linux driver, unzip TWICE (don't know why Asus did this, but it trips up some people on the forums)
Here is the terminal commands:
cd (your folder with the 2x unzipped drivers)
make
sudo make install
sudo modprobe 8812au

The Win7 install went well with the CDrom, but have to check the speeds.

Cons: Like always, Asus instructions are AWFUL for linux; but they did update the drivers for a near painless install. I'm just glad I didn't have call their support line.

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1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: Looks nice.
Proposed performance would be good.
Well accessorized.

Cons: Was nice for the month and a half it did work properly.
A nice waste of natural resources.

Other Thoughts: This piece of garbage should be removed from the Market. Asus have no pride to let this product still be sold.

This piece of wasted natural resources worked properly for less than 2 months. After the said period, it started dropping connection on all bands, even fails to power up when the computer is turned on. It also just powers down for no good hitreason and will only come back after multiple unplug/plug cycle.

Recycle these pieces of pride-less greed and stop selling them to people.

Except for motherboards and graphics cards, stay away from Asus. They manufacture garbage...

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  • Manfred W.
  • 3/4/2015 4:42:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: Even in this concrete & rebar house I can get 390Mbs throughput no problem while being 1 floor down. Go 2 floors down and still a rock solid signal @ 240Mbps. I can't praise this thing enough.

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: I can't really knock it for anything. It does exactly what I need it to do, the software is great and not intrusive. When at home I like the separate cable/stand. The caps for protecting it while traveling is great.

Only suggestion I would have is to be able to stick those caps on the base. It would give it just a bit more stability as well as a place to keep them when not in use.

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  • Jessica D.
  • 2/5/2015 10:07:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsslight above review standard.

Pros: Fast connection, Dual band, Easy set up, Intuitive hardware, good stand and covers for when needing to move or on the go.

Cons: slightly bulky or out of the way, User interface can be sluggish at times.

Other Thoughts: All in all I will say this earned the 4/5 star easily and if not for some hick ups and the fact it can be a little cumbersome on certain laptops if you are taking it on the go, this would be a 5/5. its fast, set up is basically instant, and the connection with 5ghz, well lets just say you won't want to ever be on a device without one of these.... I am considering a second one to shut up my girlfriend about how much better my PC works.
I will say on a sad note: there are apparently a lot of people who use windows and review this product and make one worry on set up... go ahead and ignore them... Windows recognizes it as a second wifi card basically and you don't HAVE to use the included software from ASUS at least on my windows 7 pc. if you have problems setting it up, I am sorry but I am confident it was not a hardware, nor software issue by ASUS.
Side note: not a great computer I am on either so its not that, its just a gateway NV75S with upgraded ram is the only change I have made internally.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Trust,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your satisfied with the product. For further assistance please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150220360 in the subject for your reference.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Michael H.
  • 2/1/2015 11:42:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome - Pure awesome

Pros: I'm getting the same download and upload speeds I used to get when my computer was hardwired to the internet. My router signal has to travel roughly 35 feet and through 2 walls. Set up was easy, and unlike TP-LINK's utility the ASUS one does not interfere with the Windows 7 utility.

Cons: None so far. Will update if something happens.

Other Thoughts: I see a lot of people complaining that seem to have Windows 8. I game on my PC so I don't use it, so I cannot comment there.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Xqwrtz,

We want to thank you for your time posting this review. We're gald that your happy with the unit and that your satisfied with it as well. It's good to have a positive feedback from our customer. If in the future your going to need assistance with the unit or any other ASUS product please feel free to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150220708 in the subject line for your reference.

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

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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