Looking for the holy grail of USB wireless adapters - no disconnect


  1. Posts : 2
    Win 10 Pro 1803
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    Looking for the holy grail of USB wireless adapters - no disconnect


    I currently have an Asus USB-AC56 wireless adapter. It disconnects from wireless. No specific cause, sometimes it does it when idle, sometimes when gaming, sometimes downloading. Doesn't matter if its in a USB 2.0 or 3 slot or if it's on 2.4GHz or 5GHz. After a lot of searching for a replacement I discovered this is a common problem with Windows 10 and USB adapters. I've read through reviews of countless adapters on Amazon and googling and cannot seem to find one that doesn't have the same issue.

    Does anyone know of a reliable USB wireless adapter that doesn't suffer from this disconnect issue? It doesn't have to be super fast, I'm not transferring files and my internet is 50Mbs max anyway. Thanks!
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  2. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Have you tried installing Asus USB-AC56 wireless adapter driver.

    USB-AC56 Driver & Tools | Networking | ASUS USA
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  3. Posts : 2
    Win 10 Pro 1803
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    FreeBooter said:
    Have you tried installing Asus USB-AC56 wireless adapter driver.
    USB-AC56 Driver & Tools | Networking | ASUS USA
    Yes, they're worse than the Windows drivers. It's a well known issue.
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  4. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868
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    I have a USB WiFi adapter. It is an AC1200 Dual-Band MU-MIMO USB Adapter - EdiMax

    I have never experienced the problem you mention - I have never seen it disconnect. I also have a much older USB WiFi adapter [another EdiMax] from about 2010 and that is also reliable.

    The speed you mention is quite slow so even older ones could cope with that but a newer one would set you up better for the future [so that you would not need to replace it if your main internet connection improved] and would also be useful if you started to take advantage of other WiFi networks such as one in a local library.

    WiFi speed definitions are being renamed but the old names are still pretty much in use. My new one is "AC" speed and that old one is "N" speed. These might be of interest -
    What is the actual real-life speed of wireless networks - SpeedGuide
    What Is Wi-Fi 6 New Wi-Fi Names Explained - PCMag UK

    I hope that was helpful.
    Denis
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