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ASUS USB-AC56 Dual-band Wireless-AC1200 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
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Jeffrey W.
  • 12/6/2014 2:40:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsInstallation is a nightmare

Pros: None. Can not get it installed

Cons: Many. Can not get it installed.

Other Thoughts: Windows 7, 64 bit. The CD Rom that came with the device would not load and run. Had to go through Explorer to find and open setup application. Driver and Utility appeared to install properly. System rebooted. Blue LED on front of adapter is lit. But Adapter does nothing. Will not work. Also, utility will not run. Gives me message that I must first connect adapter to my computer. Well, it is connected. Checked Control Panel:System:Device Manager ... Adapter shows properly installed with all drivers working. Ran massively long CAT 5 cable to connect computer to hardwire network. Allowed windows to do search for updated driver for this adapter. Search came back that best driver was already installed. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling driver. Tried downloading and installing driver and utility from ASUS site. NOTHING I TRY WILL WORK. This Adapter simply will not install, will not work. The utility will not run. That's 6 hours of my life ... WASTED. I will not recommend this product to any friends or family. But, if you are a terrible person, unkind to your fellow man .... by all means ... buy this. Buy a dozen. Give them as gifts. Me? This is the very last ASUS product I will ever buy.

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  • Roger V.
  • 11/6/2014 3:16:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFAIL with new computer

Pros: Great when it works.

Cons: KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED critical Windows 8.1 error

Other Thoughts: This adapter worked really well with a Windows 8.1 on deceased Dell XPS computer. Replaced with a new Lenovo K450e PC, and driver gets a fatal kernel exception when the PC goes to sleep (KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED). Also when I disable the adapter, get this exception. It is great while it's working, but the constant blue screen dumps when I'm away from my computer for a while are not acceptable to me. Had to stop using it, too bad, just wasted money at this point.

On the other hand, did give me a chance to use the Windows debug SDK to look at the minidumps that I was getting. Very educational *smile*.

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  • Joshua R.
  • 9/10/2014 9:49:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast and Stable

Pros: Stable Connection, Long Range and approaching gigabit speeds without running cat-6 across that house

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: some people have has issues with maintaining stable connections. I am running these adapters on Win 7 machines without any real issues. Note* Router they are connecting to is an Asus AC1900

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  • Jack F.
  • 9/3/2014 6:59:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuyer Beware

Pros: Works as advertised, when it works. The first one I bought only lasted 2 weeks and was replaced by Newegg. That replacement lasted 2 months. I am returning the 2nd one now and who knows how long that will last? My experience tells me, this is a defective product, because I have never had any electronic component replaced 2 times in such a short period of time, that was not a defective product in my life!!! I also bought the ASUS AC68 wireless router which has also been repaired already within the same timeframe. These are the first ASUS products that I have bought and there is clearly a reliability issue with them. What happens when the warranty period is over?

Cons: The system works fine, the product works fine (when it works), but if reliability is a major issue, I can not recommend this product.

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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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