The easy way to upgrade any desktop PC to super-fast next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi
The ASUS PCE-AC56 is a 802.11ac Wi-Fi PCI Express adapter which upgrades your desktop from tangle-some Ethernet cables to carefree industry-leading 802.11ac at up to 867 Mbps. Broadcom® TurboQAM™ technology super-charges 2.4 GHz 802.11n performance from 300 Mbps to 400 Mbps with compatible devices. Plus, the stylish external magnetized antenna base gives you more flexibility in adjusting antenna placement to get the best signal reception quality possible.
Fast Wi-Fi standard: 802.11ac
The PCE-AC56 uses Broadcom’s new 5th generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac chipset to reach speeds of up to 867 Mbps through the 5 GHz band, which is three times faster than 802.11n Wi-Fi. At the same time, it maintains full backward compatibility with all previous Wi-Fi protocols, providing high performance two-way transmission while ensuring a smooth transition to 802.11ac and seamless interconnection with existing devices.
Extend and strengthen your wireless connection
ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless connectivity using 802.11ac beamforming technology, high power amplification, and exclusive ASUS RF fine-tuning. This ensures extended coverage, dynamic data speed increases, and enhanced stability.
No more dead zones with 150% better coverage!
A powerful signal-boosting high-gain design gives the PCE-AC56 improved signal transmission that extends Wi-Fi range and coverage by up to 150% compared to generic client devices. This extended coverage minimizes the possibility of dead spots at any location, offering fast and uninterrupted HD streaming and smooth multiplayer gaming throughout the home or office.
*Verified by ASUS internal test. Actual performance may vary as a result of network conditions and environmental factors.
Instant Wi-Fi upgrade for desktops
With its PCI Express interface, the PCE-AC56 plugs into any motherboard to give your desktop an instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi upgrade, with access to speeds of up to 1.3 Gbps. As it connects directly to the motherboard, there are no messy cables to clutter your computing environment, and no dedicated power supply is required.
Stylish Aluminum heasink handles heat for extra stability
The added heatsink uses highly-conductive aluminum to remove heat from the chipset, ensuring greater reliability for non-stop operation. Lower temperatures translate into a more stable device in all climate conditions, even during hot summers, and greater stability means more consistent connectivity and longer product lifespan. Plus, the heatsink has been crafted for a stylish look, once more showing ASUS always goes beyond the spec.
ASUS AC products
|Data Rate||1900 Mbps||1750 Mbps||1167 Mbps||600 + 1300 Mbps||400 + 867 Mbps||300 + 867 Mbps|
|Antenna||3 external||3 external||4 internal high efficiency||3 external||2 external||1 external, 2 internal|
|Frequency||2.4G, 5G||2.4G, 5G||2.4G, 5G||2.4G, 5G||2.4G, 5G||2.4G, 5G|
|Encryption||64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPS||64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPS||64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPS Radius with 802.1x||64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK||64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK||64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK, WPS|
|Support OS||Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Mac OS X 10.1~10.8, Linux||Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Mac OS X 10.1~10.8, Linux||Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008, Mac OS X 10.1~10.8, Linux||Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP||Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP||Windows® 8, 7, Vista, 2000 , XP , Mac OS X 10.1~10.8, Linux|
Keep Up to Date!
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