ASUS USB AC56
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ASUS USB AC56 Review
- USB 3.0
- Speeds of 300Mbps (2GHz band) 867Mbps (5GHz band)
The Asus USB AC56 is an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter from ASUS. This adaptor is a great choice for people in particular that own laptops or notebooks that do not have internal 802.11ac capability but require high performance speeds of up to 300Mbps speeds on the 2.4GHz wireless band, or up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band. The face of the AC56 boasts the same ASUS finish that usually accompanies its higher end routers—sleek, diamond style patterning. The Asus USB AC56 adaptor has a USB stand, as well as a large detachable Antenna for longer distances.
What is the performance ?
The Asus USB AC56 is one of the fastest in its range—at short distances it has one of the quickest speeds on the market in comparison to competitor adaptors, like the Netgear A6200—due perhaps to its USB 3.0 interface, an inclusion it has over most competitors. At longer distances however, the speeds of the AC56 are more negligible—even with the accompaniment of the large external antenna (which is not entirely necessary given the two internal antennas). Given this however, the Asus USB AC56 should have little problem offering high speed performance anywhere in the house, even at longer distances the speeds are still more than adequate for streaming high quality video or skype conferencing.
Is it easy to set-up ?
The Asus USB AC56 comes shipped with a wireless utility disk that includes the drivers for the device and a setup prompt. The setup wizard provides a user-friendly wizard for installation—which will automatically guide the new user through installation of the drivers. More recent reiterations of the driver should be downloaded from the ASUS product page. The installed wireless utility will allow you to manage existing wireless networks in the area as well as view the status and settings of existing wireless connections. The WPS button on the AC56 adapter itself allows the user to connect directly to a network without needing to remember the wireless password.
Conclusion: Should I buy it ?
The Asus USB AC56 is a great high performing 802.11ac adaptor that offers faster speeds than many of its competitors on the market—particularly at shorter distances. The Asus USB AC56 price is perhaps steeper than many of its newer competitors today, but it is nevertheless a recommended choice for anyone looking to maintain a fast and stable wireless connection across large distances, particularly for users with internal laptop wireless cards incapable of 802.11ac speeds. Users should have existing USB 3.0 ports to take full advantage of the speeds on offer from the Asus USB AC56.
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- The ASUS USB AC56 is manufactured by ASUS and was added in December 2014 in the Wireless Network Card section
- This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
- The best price of the ASUS USB AC56 in Australia is $77.00 at Mwave Australia
- In Australia this product is available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
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