ASUS PCE-AC88 Dual-Band WiFi Adapter Review

Unlimited AC Performance

ASUS PCE-AC88 is a truly remarkable WiFi adapter. Why? If you have a wireless router that supports quad-stream 802.11ac wireless networking, so far, the only way to take advantage of that extra speed and seeing its full capacity and performance has been via the purchase of a second router, using it in bridge mode, with it functioning like a massive wireless adapter. You then connect wired devices to it, relying on the link between the two routers for data transfer.

So why do I need this adapter?

The launch of the ASUS PCE-AC88, a PCI card for desktop PCs, marks the first standalone 802.11ac adapter that supports 4×4 wireless speeds. The PCE-AC88 is top of the line when it comes to Wireless NICs. This solution features a dual-band 4×4 design that is capable of 1Gbps over the 2.4GHz band and 2.1Gbps on the 5GHz band due to technology such as NitroQAM. Also, this solution does support MU-MIMO (our lately tested ASUS Lyra also supports) and carries a flexible antenna design that allows for customized placement of the four Wi-Fi antennas. Compatibility sticks with Windows 7 and 10 in both 32 and 64-bit variants.

Tested with ASUS Lyra host @ a 1Gbps Down / 200 Mbps Up ISP.

With a simple red half-length PCI card, four antennas and a replacement IO plate for use in the smallest mini ITX cases, there’s not a great deal to talk about with the physical design of the ASUS PCE-AC88.


Flexible antenna placement

ASUS PCE-AC88 includes extension cables for its detachable antennas, plus a magnetized antenna base that can be attached to any suitable surface – horizontal or vertical. This makes it incredibly easy to find the best antenna location for optimum signal quality.

There’s not a great amount more to say on the matter. Asus has created the fastest 802.11ac adapter by a huge margin.


The product can be purchased here:

Antenna4 x R SMA Antenna
Product Segment1000+2167 Mbps
InterfacePCI Express
Operating Frequency2.4 GHz / 5 GHz
Operation Channel11 for N. America, 13 Europe (ETSI)
Output Powerac mode : 18 ~21.5 dBm
b mode : 24 dBm
g mode : 22.5 ~24 dBm
n mode : 21 ~24 dBm
a/n mode : 19.5 ~24 dBm
ExtraSupport MU-MIMO technology
OS SupportWindows® 10
Windows® 7


Build quality - 90%
Windows compatibility - 100%
Wireless speed - 97%
Network quality - 94%



The fastest 802.11ac adapter!

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