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Asus PCE-N15 300Mbps 802.11b/g/n Wireless PCI-Express Adapter
I opted to include this NIC in my high-end gaming machine because I have CPU cycles to spare; at stock clock rates the reliability and performance is perfect. One interesting caveat I discovered was that if I underclock my system to use silent passive cooling, the software-based nature of this device results in extremely flaky connection reliability and performance. My built-in hardware-accelerated Intel EEPRO Gigabit WIRED Ethernet controller works fine regardless how I clock the system, but of course it requires tethering the machine to an ethernet cable…
I can definitely confirm connection quality correlates strongly with the system’s CPU, since the CPU ultimately performs the majority of this NIC’s responsibilities. Consequently, this NIC may be a poor choice for low-powered systems, or specialty configurations (i.e. my abovementioned attempt to utilize passive cooling). For this reason, I can only give 4 out of 5 stars — the price is right, but if you do not know what you are getting yourself into ahead of time, you may experience poor connection quality.
-Very low profile, good for airflow. I was able to sandwich this in a PCIe slot above my massive 3-slot GFX card with no problems, other than my fat fingers during the install.
-Connects well and quickly. No required bloatware (which I find important), so you can use windows built in wireless features and not install unnecessary junk. Drivers included on CD or can be downloaded from website.
-Comes with interchangeable short bracket for micro-ATX/low-pro cases.
-Opinions generally state card-style wireless solutions perform better with a lower error rate than USB counterparts, and it keeps USB slots open for other devices.
-After a crash on my computer unrelated to this device, the device somehow lost connectivity. Had to physically remove card from slot and re-insert, after which it ran perfectly again. I have no real reason to blame this card for these issues however, and haven’t experienced a problem since.
1.Insert Network Adapter into PCI-E slot
2.Screw on receivers
3.Boot up system and install drivers
4. Reboot System
Back to Internet.