May 24, 2016 Written by: MasterC

ASUS Announces PCE-AC88

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Snatched up a brand new ASUS RT-AC5300 or RT-AC88U recently? You probably noticed a faster and better connection straight away. But what if we told you your connection can be even faster? ASUS PCE-AC88 is the first PCIe Wi-Fi adapter card to feature a 4x4 MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output - to exploit multipath propagation) design, with NitroQAM technology the maximum transfer speed is supercharged to up to 2,167Mbps on the 5GHz band, and 1,000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. You won't be able to unlock the full potential of your high-performance router unless you match it with a compatible Wi-Fi adapter.

To put things in perspective, a wired Gigabit LAN connection allows for a maximum transfer speed of 1,000Mbps which is the same as what you can get on the 2.4GHz band if you pair the ASUS PCE-AC88 with premium routers such as the ones mentioned previously. While on the 5GHz band, you can get up to speeds as fast or even faster than two Gigabit LAN connections combined using Link Aggregation (2,000Mbps).

One concern people may have with choosing Wi-Fi over a wired connection is the stability. The chunky heatsink helps to ensure you can keep operating at high speeds for stability. In addition, we know that with Wi-Fi, the maximum transfer speed is in direct correlation with the reception. That's why you see the four dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) antennas configured in a 4X4 (4 transmit, 4 receive) MIMO array, making sure your reception is as good as it gets. 

Included is a magnetic base to help you position the antennas closer to the router or where there's less interference, so you can get the best reception possible.


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Press Release

ASUS Announces PCE-AC88

First-ever 4x4 dual-band AC3100 Wi-Fi PCIe adapter upgrades a PC instantly to latest networking standard,

featuring an external magnetic antenna base for best reception



  • Instantly upgrade a desktop PC to dual-band 4x4 802.11ac Wi-Fi with AC3100 speeds of up to 2100Mbps (5GHz band) and 1000Mbps (2.4GHz band)
  • Delivers better coverage and up to 60% faster Wi-Fi speeds than 3x3 802.11ac adapters
  • External magnetic antenna base allows flexible antenna placement for the best possible reception


Taipei, Taiwan (24th May, 2016) — ASUS today announced PCE-AC88, a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi PCI Express® (PCIe®) adapter that instantly upgrades a desktop PC to the latest ultra-fast wireless standard.

PCE-AC88 is the first PCIe adapter to feature a 4x4 (4 transmit, 4 receive) MIMO design that delivers AC3100-class speeds of up to 2100Mbps on the 5GHz band and 1000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.

For the best signal reception, PCE-AC88 includes a magnetic antenna base that allows flexible placement of the four detachable external antennas on any suitable surface.

PCE-AC88 allows PC users to take advantage of the latest high-speed 802.11ac routers, which offer wireless speeds that match or exceed wired Gigabit Ethernet networking speeds. When paired with a 4x4 802.11ac router, PCE-AC88 unleashes the full performance and coverage potential of the 4x4 MIMO technology, but it is also backward-compatible with all existing Wi-Fi standards.


Ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi — on a desktop PC

The latest ultra-fast 4x4 802.11ac routers require compatible 4x4 Wi-Fi clients in order to unlock the full potential and speed of the 4x4 MIMO architecture. ASUS PCE-AC88 is the first 4x4 802.11ac PCIe adapter for desktop PCs, and uses NitroQAM™ (1024-QAM) technology to unleash full 4x4 data speeds of up to 2100Mbps on the 5GHz frequency band and up to 1000Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band — speeds that are up to 60% faster than a 3x3 802.11ac adapter. With these faster-than-wired speeds, users can upgrade their desktop PC instantly to enjoy the benefits of smooth streaming and latency-free online gaming.


4x4 MIMO design for wider range and more stable signals

ASUS PCE-AC88 is equipped with four external detachable antennas to provide wide coverage and stable signals. The antennas are attached to a convenient magnetic base for flexible placement that can be securely positioned horizontally or vertically on any suitable surface. With this flexibility, users do not need to relocate their desktop PC in order to optimize Wi-Fi reception.

In order to ensure non-stop operation even under the heaviest loads, PCE-AC88 features a custom heatsink design for optimum heat dissipation, resulting in improved stability and reliability.



Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.






Network Standard

IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac


PCI Express®


4 x external detachable antennas

Operating Frequency

2.4GHz and 5GHz

Data Rate

802.11b: up to 11Mbps

802.11a/g: up to 54Mbps

802.11n : up to 600Mbps

1024QAM (2.4GHz): up to 1000Mbps

802.11ac (5GHz): up to 1734Mbps

1024QAM (5GHz): up to 2167Mbps

Output Power (max.)


b Mode: 24dBm

g Mode: 24dBm

n Mode: 24dBm (BW 20MHz) , 24dBm (BW 40MHz)

1024QAM: 18.5dBm (BW 20MHz), 20dBm (BW 40MHz)


a Mode: 24dBm

n Mode: 24dBm (BW 20MHz) , 24dBm (BW 40MHz)

ac Mode: 24dBm (BW 20MHz) , 24dBm (BW 40MHz), 24dBm (BW 80MHz)

1024QAM: 17.5dBm (BW 20MHz), 17.5dBm (BW 40MHz), 17.5dBm (BW80MHz)

Operation System

Windows 10 / Windows 7


103.3 mm x 68.9 mm / 4.07 in x 2.71 in



Package Contents


4 x RSMA antenna

Antenna base

Quick-start guide

Warranty card

Low profile bracket

Support CD (utility and driver)



































About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.


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