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Which wireless adapter/card to get?

Discussion in 'Wireless Buying Advice' started by hermelinen, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. hermelinen

    hermelinen New Around Here

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    Hi.

    Today I got 1000/100 internet and a Netgear Nighthawk X4s.

    My Macbook Pro Late 2013 can archive speeds like 700Mpbs according to speedtest, while my computer in the same room with Asus USB-AC56 only gets tops 250Mbps.

    Which wireless adapter/card should I get to get speeds like the Macbook Pro?


    Thanks.
     
  2. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    On Windows? If running Win10, remove the device, uninstall the Asus software, reboot, and once up and running, let Win10's device detection grab the driver from Microsoft. It's a better driver for Win10.

    Then, go into the driver properties - the default is for that card to look for 2.4GHz first - and you can change that to prefer 5GHz.

    Keep in mind that the USB-AC56 is a two-stream device, so it won't match the MacBook Pro (which is 3-stream), but it should be doing better than what you're seeing...

    The other thing with the USB-AC56 - make sure it's plugged into a USB3 port, and if possible, use the little stand it comes with, as it's a USB3 extension cable.

    FWIW - I have the same USB adapter, and it's generally pretty good once one understands the oddness around it as mentioned above.
     
  3. psychopomp1

    psychopomp1 Regular Contributor

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    If you have a desktop pc, then a wifi PCI card is the way to go. Currently the best wifi PCI card is the Asus PCE-AC88U, this is a 4 stream Mu-Mimo card which would be a good match for your Netgear X4S. With my Netgear X10 (has similar 2.4 & 5ghz guts to X4S) connected to a desktop with Asus PCE-AC88U i easily get wireless speeds of 310/30 mbps on my FTTP 330/30 connection.
     
  4. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

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    Properly set up - the USB-AC56 can hit those speeds without problem - the issue is that the defaults in the Win10 supplied driver are very conservative, so they need a bit of help...

    And properly set, it's a good card for Windows 10 - desktop or laptop (or small form factor PC) - to get the best performance, it needs a USB3 port and with desktop, use the supplied extender/desktop stand (and no substituting here)...
     
  5. doczenith1

    doczenith1 Senior Member

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    I was hoping that you were going to report some LAN<>LAN speeds with the PCE-AC88U. I'm curious as to the real world throughput with that device in a 4x4 situation.
     
  6. psychopomp1

    psychopomp1 Regular Contributor

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    Sorry I can't test the PCE-AC88U in LAN to LAN throughput but internet throughput is great when paired with my 4x4 Netgear R9000 X10. Wireless downloads are at 40 MB/s (eg torrents) on my 330/30 fibre connection, pretty much the same as wired speeds. The desktop pc with the PCE-AC88U is upstairs and the X10 is downstairs, at least 15m distance albeit through wafer thin walls.
     

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