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Item#: N82E16833320113
ASUS PCE-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates
  • Up to 300Mbps downlink+300Mbps uplink Wireless Data Rates
  • Flexible Dual-band connection
  • Physical WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button
  • Software AP mode
  • Support WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption
  • $54.99
  • $33.99
  • Save: $21.00 (38%)
  • $23.99 after $10.00 rebate card
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

I got this card about a year ago because it was a good price and was dual-band. I was hoping to be able to use a 5 Ghz connection for file transfers and video streaming, not to mention gaming on my desktop. Wifi speeds from a card like this with decent reception should be more than enough to surpass my cable internet connection.

Cons:

Unfortunately, I have not had a very good experience with this card. I have installed the latest drivers from Windows Update but my otherwise-stable desktop build experiences frequent stuttering (lasting up to 2-3 seconds) where the mouse freezes and any currently playing audio loops. Sometimes the computer freezes entirely and must be reset; I also recently got my first-ever BSOD on Windows 7 x64 since I built this machine in 2010. Online images (Steam client store, web pages) often become corrupted when loaded and must be force-refreshed. Although the signal is reported at 4-5 bar strength, file transfer rates over my LAN never exceed 8-16 Mbps, making HD video streaming impossible and, when coupled with the stuttering, turn online gaming into a lagfest. I disabled this card in Device Manager and lo and behold, no stuttering or freezing issues; however, with the card disabled I can't test anything online.

Other Thoughts:

The drivers for this card appear to be very poor, as is the reception. With a good connection to the router (also an Asus, the RT-N66U which I'm also less-than-pleased with for other reasons) like this and dual-band capabilities I shouldn't be having speed problems and, more importantly, my computer shouldn't be having these stuttering and corruption issues. My wife streams APrime HD video over the same wifi on her laptop just fine.

I've been a fan of Asus motherboards for years but this card is a marked disappointment. Maybe the problem lies with the manufacturer of the actual network chip on the card, but still i expect better from Asus.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Michael,
You may want to try this adapter on a different computer and see if there’s an improvement. Which driver version do you have installed? For further assistance, please contact me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3396791 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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  • Michael C.
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