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Super Contributor II

802.11ac client hardware

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.



Super Contributor II

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.



Aruba Employee

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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