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Super Contributor II
Posts: 355
Registered: ‎02-22-2011

802.11ac client hardware

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Hi All,

 

Just putting the feelers out there to see if anybody has used any 802.11ac USB type devices on a laptop.

 

I'm looking to gear up for some potential 802.11ac work coming up and am about to go buy something (unless HP make a laptop with 802.11ac in the next few weeks) to allow me to do some basic coverage testing / connect to the network.

 

Can anybody offer any suggestions or recommendations? I've been looking at this which seems adequate https://www.asus.com/Networking/USBAC53/

 

The only downside is that it is only 2x2:2.

 

Anybody know of any 3x3:3 USB Devices out there? Most only seem to support upto 867Mbps but it would be great to see something go all the way to the 1.2 / 1.3 Gbps that seems to be part of wave one of the 802.11ac release.

 

Scott

Super Contributor II
Posts: 355
Registered: ‎02-22-2011

Re: 802.11ac client hardware

Hi all,

 

Looks like i'm the only one deploying 802.11ac at the moment!

 

well for the benefit of anybody else searching for the same thing, i managed to track down the best option for me at the time.

 

There doesn't appear to be any 3x3 USB devices ,i did find a heap of 2x2 devices but these all only supported USB 2.0 so they were bandwidth constrained at the USB port.

 

Trendnet appear to be the only vendor making a 2x2:2 device that supports USB 3.0. The TEW-805UB is the model i got. Not yet available in Australia but coming soon. I managed to import some from Canada without any fuss.

 

Hope that helps someone.

 

Scott

Aruba Employee
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎08-11-2010

Re: 802.11ac client hardware

For 802.11ac USB currently only the EDAMAX EW-7822-UAC supports USB 3.0,  Currently all the USB adapters are 2 stream so the PHY is limited to 866 Mb/Sec

 

If you have a desktop the Asus PCE-AC66 is a 3 stream client capable of 1300 Mb/Sec PHY  (3 stream MCS 9)

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