Asus today unveiled a dual-band 802.11ac PCI Express adapter along with a USB vresion designed for gaming notebooks.
The ASUS PCE-AC66 is a dual-band PCI Express-based 802.11ac adapter, equipped with a triple antenna design. ASUS today also announced the USB-AC53 adapter, which brings next generation 802.11ac connectivity to more devices thanks to the convenience of USB. Both products utilize dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz transmission with up to 1.3Gbps and 867Mbps in data rate, respectively.
ASUS has also announced the ROG G75VX gaming notebook now features 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, the first notebook PC to do so.
Equipped with three detachable antennas, the PCE-AC66 serves as an adapter or client with selectable dual 2.4GHz/5GHz bands, performing at up to 1.3Gbps. It brings an instant next generation wireless upgrade to desktops, using hardware signal amplification to provide up to 150% the coverage of 802.11n adapters. To promote stability and longevity, the PCE-AC66 uses an aluminum heatsink for enhanced cooling. ASUS includes a magnetized antenna base with the PCE-AC66, offering greater flexibility in positioning the antennas and pinpointing the best signal performance in each specific location.
Twin antennas and selectable 2.4GHz/5GHz bands join the Black Diamond design seen previously on other high-end networking products from ASUS. The USB-AC53 sustains up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz frequency and 300Mbps via 2.4GHz. It ships bundled with a cradle for vertical and horizontal placement, a USB extension cable to help with best-reception location finding, and an attachment clip so it can hook to notebooks.
In related news, the ROG G75VX gaming notebook offers the first implementation of 5th generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi on a portable PC. It adds the fastest available networking to gaming hardware that includes the latest Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX graphics with 3GB video memory. Bolstered by 802.11ac, the G75VX enables optimized online multiplayer performance as demanded by gamers when paired with ASUS 802.11ac networking products.