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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
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It worked eventually...?
Um, antennas look cool I guess.

Cons: Causes Windows 8.1 to BSOD unless you pre-load drivers before installing the card.
Poor performance.

Other Thoughts: This thing is just not good. I bought it a few months ago from a local B&M store because I was running low on USB ports and wanted the option of getting rid of my USB WiFi card. It didn't stay in my PC for long as it's significantly slower than my little Netgear WNA3100. If I alternate between the two, both sitting behind my PC tower, I get 5 "bars" and ~20mbps downloads with the Netgear and 3 "bars" with ~6mbps downloads with the ASUS.

And yeah, 8.1. I thought my Netgear had died this weekend, so I dug the ASUS out of my closet. It was my first time running it since updating to 8.1. That was fun trying to download drivers to pre-load when you're having issues connecting to the internet. Eventually the Netgear worked (it was the router that was busted for those curious) and I was able to get the ASUS drivers installed. Then I was reminded why I put this freaking thing in the closet in the first place.

I won't buy another ASUS wireless card. I'm pretty bummed about it, because I've had great luck with their products otherwise and have always trusted them to not put their name on garbage. The PCE-N53 is obviously an exception.


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Display Name: Lee K.

Date Joined: 06/05/12

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 02/17/14
  • Last Review: 02/17/14
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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