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ASUS PCE-N53 Dual Band Wireless N PCI-E Network Adapter

This ASUS Product Features: 1. Dual Band N300 adapter, 2. Software AP support, 3. Graphical setup Interface, 4. Low-profile bracket include, 5. PCI-E slot
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High-speed wireless Internet connectivity

The ASUS PCE-N53 Wireless-N PCI Express Adapter provides superior Wi-Fi performance for server backbone and switching infrastructure applications, as well as mainstream desktops and notebooks. Using the convenience of a standard PCI Express connector, it delivers wide compatibility, fitting any x1, x2, x8, or x16 slot. Compared with standard PCI network cards, it offers increased bandwidth, reliability and functionality, allowing you to enjoy faster and more stable connections. Downloading, VoIP, video streaming, and online gaming all benefit from its high-speed design and powerful antenna, which ensure long range wireless coverage. The friendly user interface further allows you to install and use the device as well as network applications quickly and easily.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • Dual-Band Wireless-N600 PCI-E Adapter
  • Support CD
  • Warranty Card
  • Low Profile Bracket
  • 2 x Dipole Antenna
Host Interface PCI Express
Weight (Approximate) 1.62 oz
Form Factor Internal
Wireless Transmission Speed 600 Mbps
Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11n
ISM Band Yes
UNII Band Yes
ISM Maximum Frequency 2.48 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency 5.80 GHz

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General Information  
     Brand Name: Asus
     Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International
     Manufacturer Part Number: PCE-N53
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Packaged Quantity: 1
     Product Model: PCE-N53
     Product Name: Dual-Band Wireless-N600 PCI-E Adapter
     Product Type: Wi-Fi Adapter
     Host Interface: PCI Express
     Certifications & Standards:
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n

     Package Contents:
  • Dual-Band Wireless-N600 PCI-E Adapter
  • Support CD
  • Warranty Card
  • Low Profile Bracket
  • 2 x Dipole Antenna

     System Requirements:

Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 (32bit/64-bit)
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Linux Kernel 2.6 (Support Ubuntu Fedora only)

Physical Characteristics  
     Form Factor: Internal
     Weight (Approximate): 45.8 g
Technical Information  
     Antenna Connector: RP-SMA Connector
     Antenna Gain: 2 dBi
     Antenna Type: Dipole Antenna
     ISM Band: Yes
     ISM Maximum Frequency: 2.48 GHz
     ISM Minimum Frequency: 2.40 GHz
     Number of Antennas: 2
     UNII Band: Yes
     UNII Maximum Frequency: 5.80 GHz
     UNII Minimum Frequency: 5.10 GHz
     Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11n
     Wireless Security:
  • 64/128-bit WEP
  • WPA2-PSK
  • WPS

     Wireless Transmission Speed: 600 Mbps

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FailureOfHDDVD(mckchun on HWC)
Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
5ghz is very fast, similar to connecting with ethernet cable.
comes with a smaller bracket
antennas are very loose, feels cheap quality.
only able to connect with 2.4ghz until I install drivers (windows 10 64bit).
Awesome speed with 5ghz (if you can get it working). Antennas are a mess and they dont stay pointing upwards, so they are all pointing downwards now. Not really a concern for me at the moment because my pc is very close to the router. I would get it exchanged but too much hassle for something that does not really bother me.

Little bit of connection issues with 2.4ghz but 5ghz fixed everything.

Experience: 40 Days
 Verified Owner
Fast, reliable, easy to install
The card is fast, maintains a stable connection, and was easy to install. No complaints. A great buy at the sale price with rebate.

Experience: 1 Years
Nothing, really. I had to give it a three star, because it wasn't ordered on my account.
Range is terrible, driver support is terrible. Not worth it.
I got a PCE-N53 ages back because I was tired of having a mediocre connection. By 'mediocre' I mean loading images on webpages was impossible.

First issue was the lack of Windows 8 drivers. It took me a while to get a driver that worked. Even when I had, this device was unable to connect to the internet. It wasn't even performing as well as my little USB CISCO adapter. Oh, then there was the 8.1 update. This device IS NOT compatible with Windows 8.1, 8.1 won't boot when it's installed.

The main issue, is that I can't connect to my network. I have the best drivers installed, and even trying with alternates I had the same issues. It won't connect to the 5GHZ network at all, and claims to be connected to the 2.4GHZ, but shows it as 'limited' and I can't ping the router. I tried antennae extension cables, networking more routers together to get them closer to my PC, and even using a metal bowl as a directional dish (don't judge me!). Now I'm using an old cellphone with USB tethering to connect to the internet, and I am again able to load web pages with images.

Worst adapter ever. Seriously considered buying 300FT worth of CAT6 cable.

Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Great signal quality on the 5GHz band (what I bought it for)
No software bugs
Great reliability
4myrebate (the MIR handler) rejected the rebate even though no terms were violated/incomplete
This is a good card for the $32 price (should be $22, pity 4myrebate denied the rebate because they changed their own terms out on me, mailed them receipt and they said it also required shipping packing list, despite the very visible "receipt, invoice, OR shipping receipt" on the form). However, the card works very well- stays at the promised 300Mbps on the 5GHz band all the time. The connection to my router through 2 walls and 8m is stable and not faulty. There are also no software bugs, and has not stopped working, ever.

Experience: 20 Days
It works and signal is good
Range isn't too strong
Works Perfectly. Highly Recommended for others.

Experience: 10 Days
 Verified Owner
Inexpensive, great range, good signal quality
Antenna are slightly larger than expected.
I purchased this without reading the other reviews, and when I read them while waiting for this card to arrive, I got very worried. Fortunately, this card works great, and I didn't have the problems that others apparently ran into. Not breaking the antenna may have helped. So what can be said that isn't in the pros cons? It's a wireless card, it's cheap, it works, even on the band less traveled on my dual band router.

This card is in my HTPC, which I keep in a stereo cabinet, the size of the antenna required me to change the card slot to take advantage of the hole in the back of the cabinet. Not really a concern for the average person buying this card, but it added two minutes to my day.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
performance and price on special
great performance for the money when it's on special or mir. u can trust asus and make sure they deliver!

Experience: 3 Weeks
At least it's booted up..
All of what you can think
Ok...I was able to have a that a start...but who want a link unstable was going to 50 kb/s to 500 kb/s...even if it's was stable at 500 that way not enough.

Test speed show 2 mb/s. On my Imac and macbook air and macbook pro(2006) i was getting 26 mb/s.

After raging at it..i decide to turn it off and use the on board Wifi of my MOBO P8z77-Pro. AHHHHHHH! Back to my 26 mb/s.

Dont buy that...I just dont know how check for my money might keep it for my eternet connection when i move the modem.

Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Fast at times
Not the best range
Antennaes need to be adjusted a lot
Easy install. The speed seems to fluctuate a lot! All the way from 1 Mbps to 144 Mbps. I scraped one of the antennaes against the wall and it came off, so I can't tell if the fluctuation is because of the (maybe) damaged antenna or just the product. Also the range isn't too good, moving my desktop from 20 ft to 15 ft away from my router significantly improved the performance.

When the connection is good (most of the time) I get very good download speeds, but nothing compared to directly connected with an ethernet cable.

Also I found the software annoying, uninstalled it and using Windows to connect to my wifi normally.

All in all, a little bit of a let-down but functional and suits my needs for now. Good for the price.

Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
None that I can see.
Horrible speed, poor range.
I purchased the PCE-n53 to replace a Cisco/Linksys AE2500 USB adapter. My experience has always been that internal cards provide much better performance and range due to the external antenna and fast PCI (or in this case PCI-E) bus. This is the first card I've seen where it's worse.

This card gets a 2mbps connection to my Linksys E2500 router. The USB card it replaced was able to max out the 30mbps internet connection. Doesn't matter whether it's on the 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz band. Performance is atrocious. I put my iPhone 4, (connected to the same wireless network) right behind the Asus card in the computer tower and was able to get 20mbps. Very disappointed, and surprised because Asus stuff is usually top-notch.

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