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Pros: - cheap
- fast, stable, reliable internet
- yes, it is great for gaming
Cons: - Asus website does not have the most up to date drivers
- Will BSOD and have major latency issues until you get the right drivers installed
Overall Review: So, I ordered this on a whim for my new gaming desktop.
En route I read the slew of negative reviews consistently slamming this adapter for having terrible latency and huge ping spikes every minute.
After assembling and starting up, the connection was horrible, massive latency spikes, just as other reviewers had said, and I was worried I just bought a lemon. My computer detected the device as "Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260", which I figured was the problem.
Went to the ASUS website and downloaded the drivers for this particular device, which did not help much. I was surprised that it installed newer Intel drivers, and that my computer still listed the adapter as an Intel device.
At the end of my rope, I went to Device Manager and clicked "update driver". I thought to myself, "there is no way this can help, I installed these drivers right off of the manufacturer's website, they must be the most recent, right?"
But, miraculously, Device Manager found newer Intel drivers, installed them, and I haven't had a problem since. Just did a ping test of the League of Legends NA server and my average MS is 21, with a high of 31. This is with my horrible free wifi from my apartment building, which is probably transmitting through several walls.
For anyone interested, the most current stable drivers as of the date of this post are "version 184.108.40.206"
Finally, found a Reddit article with another suggestion for this particular device: "go to <control panel: Device Manager: Network adapters: Disable device to: Bluetooth Device(Personal Area Network), BluetoothDevice (RFCOMM Protocol TDI), and Intel (R) Ethernet Connection (2) I219-V then restart the computer"
This seemed to help too.
In short, this is a perfectly fine cheap little adapter that gets the job done, after a bit of fiddling of course :)
Pros: Good throughput and compatibility, even with Linux, at least for the first week or two.
Cons: A few weeks into using this adapter, throughput and latency now degrade markedly after each system boot. A cold boot temporarily restores original performance, but must be performed several times daily to correct the situation in which link latency rises to multiple *seconds* and throughput is reduced to 1MB/sec or even less. Using different versions of the driver (from MS update, ASUS, or Intel's generic package for this chipset) makes no difference.
Overall Review: Device performance is too inconsistent. Cannot recommend.
Pros: Good connection and standard range. I get full bars from 20 feet with a wall in-between.
Having bluetooth functionality on the same little card is fantastic and it works great.
Cons: Internal usb connection may irk some of you clean cable types.
Overall Review: I had issues with this chip and the Intel pro set services on Windows 10. Disabling them cleared up the issue entirely.
Pros: -2.4 and 5ghz speeds are good
-Strong signal strength
Cons: -It can be slow to acquire the connection to the router on start up. Both under Windows and Linux, this can take a good 30 seconds to connect to your network at bootup. It's fine when connected however.
-Supplied drivers are out of date for Windows; and you'll need to just let Windows handle it for you (see the other reviews for instructions)
-Length of the antenna cable is actually rather short in my opinion
Overall Review: -Installation under Debian Testing is a pain (it's not included as part of the non-free packages)
Pros: -Easy to install
-Works super well compared to USB devices for about the same price
Overall Review: Highly recommend this product if you need it for PC that does not have built-in wireless. I usually had my PC hardwired, but since I had to move and no longer have a Ethernet jack, this works perfectly. I haven't had any problems with it at all, and it hold a very stable connection.
Pros: -Very fast
-Can add extension cord to put the antenna closer to the signal
Cons: -Antenna base is very light and the weight of the cord is often making it fall.
Pros: -Bluetooth works very well (at least for me)
-EXTREMELY low latency to my router (TP-Link Archer C50 AC1200)
-Dual Band and fast speeds
-Surprising range (read other)
Cons: -Antenna feels flimsy and a bit short
Overall Review: For majority of my PC ownership life, I've always had wireless connections. Most of them have been through USB adapters and none of them have generally been dual-band, let alone ac standard. This has been my first PCI-E adapter for wireless, and I've been extremely happy with it. I've had this specific one in three builds. I haven't actually had some of the issues that others have been having, such as high latency and drop outs. Also, range (compared to countless of USB dongles I've had, INCLUDING an USB3.0 AC1200 one) has been far better. If you have a spare slot in your PC, have a bit of change, and a will to use something better than a USB adapter, I highly recommend this.
Pros: Works as intended, the ac wifi is fast as can be and the bluetooth works like a champ.
Cons: Installing this when you don't have a disk drive can be a bit of a pain. Not going to knock an egg off for my own problems though. The antenna cable is a bit short.
Overall Review: I highly recommend this product, by far the best wireless card I have ever used.