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Item#: N82E16833320173
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
  • $119.99
  • $97.99
  • Save: $22.00 (18%)
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Pros:

Speed, range. Internal card, one less thing hanging off HTPC (vs. USB adapter dongle). Has the magnetic base extension you can attach the antennas to if necessary. Supposed to fix the AC66's incompatibility w/ Z87 boards, I'm putting it in an older box so unsure if it does indeed remedy it.

Cons:

None so far

Other Thoughts:

Felt 802.11 ac was ready to try so I upgraded my HTPC's MoCA 10/100 network (Actiontecs) which had been working fine for three years. Paired this NIC w/ the Netgear 6300 ac router. I do incremental backups of a 1TB dataset nightly; the MoCA connection typically topped out near 88Mb/s getting close to the limit of the 10/100 interface. When I connected up this NIC to the new 5Ghz ac network the network properties in Win8 x64 Pro said it was connecting at 750Mb/s which is tremendous for my house/wall setup. Transfer speeds for my dataset are now in the 45MB/s range or 375Mb/s.. so roughly four times the MoCA speed. Very, very, cool. Playing multiple live HD streams from Windows Media Center (usually about 12Mb/s) no hiccups at all. No issues w/ Netflix over the w ire too. WAN downloads don't come anywhere near saturating as I just have Comcast's 20/10. Retiring my old MoCA network for this ac and not looking back, highly recommended.

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