San Diego Photographer Tools: ASUS Wi-Fi PCI Express Adapter

So for those of you who know me, know I’ve recently moved and with that comes changes, sometimes good and sometimes not so good. And with that I have had to change my photography office/processing area around a bit. As a San Diego Photographer having the right tools is part of the trade and I could never be without my computer or an Internet connection.

I decided to put my computer in the living room for the time being, there was lots of room, ample electrical outlets, good lighting, and I really didn’t want clients in my bedroom. The problem was that, because of the layout of the room, I needed a 50 foot cable to go around the room and even then I would have a 3 foot cable exposed to foot traffic. Not a great idea, so I thought I would do some research and see what my options were. After a few hours of searching, the good old web. I took a serious look at the Asus Wi-Fi PCI Express Adapter (PCE-AC56) and here are its specs:


Instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi upgrade for your desktop PC: no more messy Ethernet cables needed

Next-generation 802.11ac chipset for super-fast connections up to 867 Mbps

Selectable dual-band 2.4 GHz/ 5 GHz operation, backwards-compatible with all existing devices

Broadcom TurboQAM technology gives 33% faster 802.11n performance, with speeds up to 400 Mbps

High-power design reduces wireless dead zones with 150% greater coverage

Specially designed heat sink ensures stable and reliable continuous operation

My first thought, it looks neat in the picture, but will it really do 300MB’s. I read the same reviews, as everyone else and I am here to tell you, Yes! I was very impressed with this card. When I first opened the box, I could not believe how large the heat sink was. I don’t think I have ever seen a heat sink on any network card before, this was definitely a first. Then I connected it, my computer found the 802.11g to be the stronger signal. When I connected to it, I was getting about 130MB throughput, which was decent. But I connected the external antennas and tried the 802.11N, viola! I was getting 300MB like the description said. I thought I was dreaming, this never happens in real life. I have been running it, for a week solid and no issues. So, if you are looking towards a wireless solution in the home and are having some doubts, don’t!

I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.