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ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

  • Selectable dual-band 5GHz/2.4GHz for up to 433 Mbps
  • Instant upgrade to next generation 5G Wi-Fi for your desktop and notebook
  • Supports Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Robert M.
  • 6/16/2015 4:29:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAC600 Wi-Fi Adaper (USB-AC51)

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: Works as advertised on my wife's Lenovo T530 Laptop.
Easy to set up with or without supplied CD disk.
Great value for the money.
So impressed that I just ordered another one for my Lenovo E520.

Cons: None to date.

Other Thoughts: Disregard naysayers. Some people either can't read instructions, or complain even if they're hung with a silver rope!

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  • Craig V.
  • 3/9/2015 8:28:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS AC51 Dual-Band Wireless Adapter

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: I purchased this to replace a single band 2.4G Netgear adapter. I really like the small, compact design of this wifi adapter, fits nicely in my desktop without protruding too much and the range is very good on both bands. Before you install the software go to the ASUS website and download their latest version for this device. When you install the software and to get best results, choose the option, “Only use Windows wireless function”. If you don’t choose this option, you will most likely get poor results as I did. I first went with the ASUS Utilities and received poor internet speeds on both bands and throughput was nowhere near the speeds advertised. After reinstalling and choosing the Windows wireless function did I get the advertised results.

Cons: Struggled with getting the adapter to work with the ASUS Utilities, I had to play around with the software until I found an option that worked.

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  • Kurt B.
  • 1/7/2015 10:33:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLooks nice

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: Small and shinny. The software GUI is pretty.. :/

Cons: As others have stated the supplied drivers don't work with win8.1 and the new, "8.1" drivers work poorly at best. Unlike some reviews I'm able to connect on the 5 gig band, but unable on 2.4...
The adapter doesn't lose connection, but it's terribly slow. Best I've managed was around 26mbps, which is pathetic.

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure if the adapter's poor performance is all OS related or if it's simply a poor piece of hardware.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Kurt,

We want to thank you for posting this review and for using one of our products. I apologize for the inconvenience caused. Let me go ahead and further assist you. Please be advised that the OS (Operating System) Supported for this unit are only:
Windows® 8
Windows® 7
Windows® Vista
Windows® XP
Mac OS X 10.4
Mac OS X 10.5
Mac OS X 10.6
Mac OS X 10.7
Mac OS X 10.8
Linux Kernel (Support Ubuntu only)
Linux

In regards to the driver, you may download that on our webiste support.asus.com.

For further technical assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150769727 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,
Dona
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Shane D.
  • 10/23/2014 5:05:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAsus USb - AC51

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: Small good size

Cons: The driver have issue with windows 8.1 I have downloaded the newest driver and it doesn't work either, it works for 5 Min, then the adapter fails and I have to uninstall drivers from device manager and reinstall driver to get it to work.

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  • Shirley R.
  • 8/31/2014 11:56:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsasus wireless ac adapter

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: Allows me to assess my wifi network. It also seems like the perfect size to take in and out of usb slots.(not too big or small)

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: I haven't tested range on this. It is connected to a htpc in my living room about 15ft from my router so range is not really an issue for me.

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  • Mathias H.
  • 7/16/2014 6:57:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLinux support stated, hardly provided

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: For the price, it seems to be a decent network adapter

Cons: The Linux drivers provided on their website aren't exactly user-friendly, nor do they seem to want to compile given any kind of prodding at all. I'm returning this and grabbing something better-supported, because I'm over it.

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  • MR B.
  • 7/9/2014 8:52:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfinally wifi and HD video can coexist!

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: small, cheapest adaptor with AC 5 gig support
gives me between 8 and 12. megabytes 120 megabits a second! not to shabby! the best I Was getting out of my old N standard was 4megs a second. purchases a cheap trend net router with AC wifi and it all seems to be working well together!

Cons: wifi specs a re still a big fat lie! lol thistle my router says they can deliver 43 megabytes 430 megabits a second! poppycock ! in your wildest dreams with both the router and the adaptor Ina faraday cage! ...with 4foot antennas and signal boosters....maybe...just maybe!!! still for now I'll take the doubling of my home wifi speed, which will allow HD streaming!

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  • Shawn B.
  • 7/3/2014 8:09:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNoop not for Ubuntu 14.04

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: Smallish and would make a nice door stop for a mouse

Cons: No drivers supplied, and the code included can't be complied without help. My brother would builds drivers updated var types that now need to be structures, to get it to build. The resulting drive sort of works a 2.4GHZ and not at all a 5GHZ, although an IP is obtain and the SID connected. Purchased two of these cause of the description here/newegg that said Linux supported.

Other Thoughts: Oh, this is the only product I've used on Linux that cause the graphic console to abort back to ttys. Added feature is the complete lockup of the display requiring a cold boot.....

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  • Jan E.
  • 6/17/2014 12:12:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsasus USB-AC51

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: Very small and aesthetically good looking item. Too bad that it does not work on Windows 8.1. Calling customer service (Half Hour wait) does not help at all since you are speaking to illiterate Indians (not the type with the feathers but the gals in Bangalore!).Works well with W 7 Prof.

Cons: Why claim that it works on W8.1 when it does not. The item I bought it for is a brand new Toshiba laptop S855 etc. You cannot install the drivers on W 8.1

Other Thoughts: Get a new Driver CD so that it will work on Windows 8.1

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  • derek d.
  • 5/18/2014 9:47:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNO Linux Support as advertised

This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC600 Wi-Fi Adapter (USB-AC51)

Pros: This card doesn't support linux at all..Good thing I bought two of these.
I tested every kernel in the 3.X.X

Cons: If your using Linux do not buy this product the latest drivers will not compile

Other Thoughts: Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0b05:17d1 ASUSTek Computer, Inc.

Dual-band Wireless-AC600 USB Adapter
Product page
A USB ID of 0b05:17d1 is found for this device within the Elecom WDC-433SU2M's vendor driver set. This is the ID presumed to be used by this device.

[ 3.467595] usb 1-1.3: new high-speed USB device number 4 using dwc_otg
[ 3.612985] usb 1-1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=0b05, idProduct=17d1
[ 3.624537] usb 1-1.3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[ 3.637572] usb 1-1.3: Product: WiFi
[ 3.646679] usb 1-1.3: Manufacturer: MediaTek
[ 3.667443] usb 1-1.3: SerialNumber: 1.0

dpkg -l | grep firmware
ii firmware-atheros 0.36+wheezy.1 all Binary firmware for Atheros wireless cards
ii firmware-brcm80211 0.36+wheezy.1 all Binary firmware for Broadcom 802.11 wireless cards
ii firmware-libertas 0.36+wheezy.1 all Binary firmware for Marvell Libertas 8xxx wireless cards
ii firmware-ralink 0.36+wheezy.1 all Binary firmware for Ralink wireless cards
ii firmware-realtek 0.36+wheezy.1 all Binary firmware for Realtek wired and wireless network adapters
ii rpi-update 20140321 all Raspberry Pi firmware updating tool

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We strive to provide continued support for our products. If you have the most recent version of Linux kernel, please contact us about it and we’d gladly provide you with assistance. You may reach out to networking_support@asus.com and include case#3714838 in the subject line. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.

Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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