Should you buy one?
Higher performance typically carries a higher price tag, and the DWA-192 is no exception. The Asus adapter has been on the market for a number of years, so Asus has more than likely recouped its R&D investment. You’ll find that adapter selling online at a number of e-tailers for about $70. Shop around and you’ll find the newer and faster DWA-192 selling for around $90—that’s a solid discount the adapter’s $130 MSRP (D-Link is now selling this product through its own store for $100).
The DWA-192 might put a bulge in your backpack, but its form factor will allow it to be stuffed in there without worry that you’ll break a piece of it off. Add in the longer-range performance that it delivers, and it becomes my pick for the best 802.11ac USB Wi-Fi adapter. I expect to be using it to benchmark Wi-Fi routers for some time to come.
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