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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
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Pros: This card has great reception strength and connectivity that rivals most other cards. Software AP mode allows for wireless connection sharing. 300Mbps wireless connection appears consistent.

Cons: This card is not worth it unless of course you plan on using it in conjunction with Windows 8. As it turns out, in two separate Windows 7 installations the card fails to function properly after having it only 3 months. On start up, as soon as the less than stellar drivers kick in, the entire system hangs, plug and play refuses to refresh the windows device list, and the system becomes basically unusable. Booting into safe mode reveals that with networking disabled both systems functioned properly. However, after re enabling it, the system hangs yet again. ASUS released an update for both the software as well as the drivers, however, this software is only available for Windows 8.1 and actually prohibits installation on Windows 7 or earlier. Coming as a bundled installer, it is impossible to extract solely the device drivers making this patch unavailable to anyone not using windows 8. Therefore, this card, while it functioned well originally, after experiencing problems two weeks after receiving it, is not worth the hassle.

Other Thoughts: I now have to RMA this card straight through ASUS under their one year warranty and hope the card itself is just faulty. However, judging by the other reviews, I am not the only one with this issue, which leads me to believe this is just a poor product in an otherwise stellar line of components.


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Display Name: Thomas W.

Date Joined: 01/15/14

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 07/14/14
  • Last Review: 07/14/14
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