This is not a “how to” at present, but I’m hoping people add to it so it will become a resource on how to for this wifi adapter.
I’ve primarily used the AR9271 chip wifi adapters on 2.4, but thought I’d try the ASUS USB-AC56.
I’ve read/searched the wiki, forum, and telegram and have questions concerning it. I’ll add a few photos I’ve found (sorry I cannot credit the sources since I didn’t record them), and a few observations (please correct if wrong), but mainly I have questions.
Antennas, I understand there are two internal, and two external (an SMA and a MS156 plug (?)).
I’ve read that when the external(s) are connected, the internals are disconnected. True/false, does it matter? Can it be run just on the internal antennas?
I’m guessing the stock antenna functions either in 5.8 or 2.4 frequencies. If I am using it for 5.8 frequency can I instead use any 5.8 antenna? Can I get a MS156 plug and hook it and the SMA up at the same time to two 5.8 antennas, as in the following photo? is that diversity then, and can I use different type antennas?
I’m not very good with electronics but can usually figure things out with a volt/ohmeter, but these antennas are beyond me. This photo shows a nice way of connecting some cables to the adapter. It looks like the cables are being soldered to the internal antenna solder points, but again using the ohmeter I can’t figure it out exactly. I’m assuming this is a valid way to connect external antennas?
Hard wiring, it looks too tricky to remove the USB totally, which is what I’ve done in the past on other adapters, so it looks like the next best thing to to partially remove some of the USB metal and solder to the inputs, along the lines of the photo. Any better way of doing this?
Cover, I’ve read somewhere, and can’t find it again that it is best to keep the cover on the adapter, for sensitivity reasons/tuning I think. I’ve seen photos of people using it with and without the cover, does it matter?
I appreciate any input, photos, corrections, etc. Please make this a how to resource for the ASUS USB-AC56.