ASUS USB-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Wi-Fi Adapter

ASUS USB-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Wi-Fi Adapter

ASUS USB-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Wi-Fi Adapter

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Product Highlights

  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Standards
  • Supports 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Frequencies
  • Enhanced Wireless AC Performance
  • Supports Data Rates up to 867 Mbps
  • 2 x Internal 2 dBi Antenna
  • 1 x External Dipole Antenna
  • USB 3.0 Compatible
  • Integrated WPS Button
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ASUS USB-AC56 overview

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The USB-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter from ASUS features enhanced wireless 802.11ac network compatibility allowing you to take advantage of network speed up to 867 Mbps. Aside from enhanced network compatibility you can also connect to both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies making it possible to allocate more data intensive tasks to the less congested 5 GHz frequency.

The USB-AC56 Wi-Fi Adapter comes equipped with two internal 2 dBi antennas and one external dipole antenna to connect at long distances. In addition to 802.11ac network compatibility, you can connect to networks supporting IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi standards. The connection can be kept secure as this adapter supports 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, and WPS encryption standards.

Enhanced 802.11ac Wireless Connectivity
With data transfer speeds up to 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz band you benefit from faster connectivity through a variety of USB compatible devices.
Maximum Flexibility for Maximum Wireless Coverage
The USB-AC56 wireless-AC 1300 USB adapter can cover larger homes and offices, including multi-floor locations. Its detachable high-gain external antenna and strong dual internal antennas provide ample transmission power for bigger areas. The detachable antenna can be removed to reduce power draw and emissions should medium-range coverage be sufficient. It can also be upgraded with a more powerful antenna if needed.
Intelligent Signal Management for Stable Wireless Connections
ASUS AiRadar intelligently strengthens wireless device connectivity using precise directional signal amplification for extended coverage, increased data throughput speed, and enhanced stability. Because connection strength varies based on your environment, the USB-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless-AC 1300 USB wireless adapter uses two internal antennas and an external high gain antenna and high-powered beam packing to detect wireless router locations to shape transmissions so they're optimized for the fastest, most stable connection strength.
USB 3.0 for Full 802.11ac Performance
USB 3.0 allows the USB-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless-AC 1300 USB wireless adapter to pair with notebooks and desktops using a bandwidth up to ten times that of USB 2.0. It means the full advantage of 802.11ac networking is realized, as the adapter has enough throughput overhead to support much faster network speeds.
Desktop Cradle
The USB-AC56 also includes a desktop cradle with a three-foot cable for more flexible positioning in troublesome Wi-Fi reception areas.
UPC: 886227407484
In the Box
ASUS USB-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Wi-Fi Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
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    ASUS USB-AC56 specs

    Network Standard IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    Product Segment AC1300 enhanced AC performance; 400+867 Mbps
    Data Rates 802.11a: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps
    802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
    802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps
    802.11n: up to 300 Mbps
    802.11ac: up to 867 Mbps
    Antenna 2 x internal 2 dBi PCB antenna
    1 x external dipole antenna
    Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
    Encryption 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS support
    Utilities ASUS USB-AC56 utility
    Ports 1 x USB 3.0
    Button WPS button
    OS Support Windows 8 32bit/64bit, Windows 7 32bit/64bit, Windows Vista 32bit/64bit, Windows XP 32bit/64bit, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 4.5 x 1.1 x 0.7" / 11.5 x 2.8 x 1.9 cm
    Weight 1.8 oz / 50 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 5.7 x 2.2"

    ASUS USB-AC56 reviews

    USB-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless-AC1300 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Wi-Fi Adapter is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good, if you can get it to work I had an Asus N53 usb previously and it worked great, died about 3 years in. Decided to try the newest AC56 since even though my old one died maybe a bit prematurely it worked really well. AC56 plugged it into my win7/64bit/usb2 system didn't recognize it. Tried the newest Asus drivers, installed it, it could see the networks but wouldn't connect. Based on some other info tried the newest Edimax EW-7822UAC drivers off their site, because they are newer and its the same chip-set. Recognized it correctly still didn't connect to wireless. Tried it in my wife's win8/64bit/usb3 laptop and worked perfectly! Went back to my computer put it in a different usb slot on the back of the computer instead of front panel (or the usb extension cord I had running from the back) did a clean install of the Edimax drivers and BAM finally worked. Works great now. Stronger signal than I ever got with the N53 stick. Summary: Works great if you can get it working. Suggestion is DO NOT install the asus utility software and to use newest Edimax EW-7822UAC drivers (they are newest on the US edimax page instead of the global page). Doesn't work try it in different usb ports.
    Date published: 2015-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Quality, Customizable Setup Great USB WiFi adapter. Allows for a rather customizable setup right out of the box. Comes with a USB stand and external antenna that you can use in any combination with the dongle/internal antenna. In conjunction with the ASUS AC1200 RT-AC56U, I maintain a stable connection on the 5GHz band (floating from 780-867 Mbps). I did have issues however with installing and utilizing the drivers and software in the box and the drivers from the ASUS website with Windows 10. A recent update with Windows 10 is what sparked the drive incompatibility. It would not detect the network adapter. Was able to resolve by uninstalling all of the ASUS programs and drivers, and let Windows install drivers. It has been working fine since.
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and Fast I purchased the ASUS RT-AC68R Dual Router and wanted to maximize it's capability. The addittion of the USB-AC56 Dual-Band adaptor does that. It was easy to install and detecteted the router immediately. I was up and running immediately at 300plus mbs which is great considering the router and computer are separated by at least 100 feet and in different parts of the house. I did download the new drivers and have not had drops
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Driver for Windows 8 I bought a dual band router in the last year so I bought this product to take full advantage of it. I've never been able to get more than 115 Mb/sec out of it consistently. The most up to date driver download from the ASUS website only gave me 60 Mb/sec (same as the driver on the CD included). The generic Windows driver is what gave me the 115. None of these speeds are anywhere near what is promised. I have researched it online and it seems that the problem is with the Windows 8 driver for the adapter. Maybe it works better if you have Windows 7. I am planning on trying it out on Windows 10 to see if it works any better with it. I've been very disappointed with the performance and even went back to using my old 2.4 Ghz built in wireless.
    Date published: 2015-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works perfectly with ASUS RT-AC68U Bought this to use with ASUS RT-AC68U to get the maximum benefit. I was not disappointed. Speed increased from 78Mbps to 702Mbps over my internal N wireless card. I just plugged it in and installed the drives. No need to install the additional software. I am very satisfied with the purchase and would recommend to get the maximum benefit from AC wireless.
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Asus-AC56 for Macbook Pro I had a hard time figuring out how to install the drivers that worked. I have the Macbook Pro 15. 10.9.4. I tried to get in touch with Asus on line. Good luck with that! I already had a return slip with B&H. But, I figured it out. Not hard, but not being a computer guy it was a strange process. And not documented anywhere that I could find. Terrible instructions. After I installed the drivers off of the web it works perfect. So now satisfied.
    Date published: 2014-08-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast and Easy Every bit ads good as I thought it'd be, I followed the other reviews and avoided using the supplied CD and opted to install the latest versions directly from their support site, couldn't be more pleased.
    Date published: 2014-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great out of box I use this device to replace my old wifi pci adaptor bought from Amazon (300Mbps 802.11n PC Desktop wireless N Wifi PCI Adapter). The old one has inconsistent connection and downloading speed, with spike lags and disconnection occasionally, which bothers me since I play online games. The new one works out of box. I use Windows 10 the driver was installed automatically (didn't use the included CD). Everything has been working perfectly after one week's usage.
    Date published: 2016-04-27
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