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Asus WL-160N 802.11n USB stick unveiled

Posted on Saturday, December 01 2007 @ 03:30:10 CET by

Asus unveiled a new WiFi USB stick, the WL-160N. This stick supports WiFi 802.11b/g and the new n draft standard. The stick measures only 9 x 2.7 x 0.9cm and features an external cradle for better location and sensitivy.
Recognizing the value of the new WiFi standard, ASUS’ WL-160N has been honored with the accolade of being a WI-FI CERTIFIED 802.11n Draft 2.0 product. This wireless card is also backward compatible with previous 802.11 b/g standards – making it recognized for industry-wide interoperability and adherence to security protocols. Utilizing MIMO technology, the WL-160N will have a throughput of over 100Mbps – faster than most normal wired solutions. It will also reduce deadspots and provide improved coverage distances in comparison to previous G standards. Truly, with breakthrough technology that produces the fastest and smallest wireless cards, you’d be hard pressed not to choose the ASUS WL-160N.

Host Interface

USB 2.0

Operating Frequency

2.4 – 2.5 GHz

Data Rate

802.11n Draft: up to 270 Mbps
(Note: The maximum wireless signal rate is IEEE 802.11n draft specifications. Actual throughput will vary depending on the wireless environment and other parameters)
802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps
802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps



Network Architecture Types

Infrastructure and ad-hoc

Operating Modes

11 for N. America, 14 for Japan, 13 for Europe (ETSI)

RF Output Power

12-14dBm (g mode), 14-16dBm (b mode), 14-16dBm (n mode)


Two on-board PCB antennas

Receiver Sensitivity

-65 ~ -68 dBm @270 Mbps
-75 ~ -77 dBm @ 54 Mbps
-87~ -88 dBm @ 11 Mbps (at normal temp. range)
-95~ -97 dBm @ 1 Mbps

Power Consumption

Tx Power Consumption: 450 mA
Rx Power Consumption: 300 mA

Encryption Authentication

64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, TKIP, AES, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, 802.1x


Mobile Control Center: Integrates all tools and indicates real time status information on system tray
Wireless Setting: Diagnose and configure your wireless network settings with on-line troubleshooting feature
Mobile Manager: Supports automatic roaming and network reconfigurations between different locations
Site Survey: Explores your wireless networking topology through a handy way

Windows XP Compatibility

Native support for all built-in WLAN functions like Zeroconfig, Media Sense and 802.1x

Support OS

Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista 32/64 bit, Mac 10.3/10.4


Link, Activity


90mm(L) * 27mm(W) * 9mm(H)


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Re: Asus WL-160N 802.11n USB stick unveiled
by Anonymous on Saturday, December 01 2007 @ 03:57:40 CET
Ah none of the details an informed buyer needs

what chipset?
how many transmit, how many receive antennas?
how many power transmitters?


Re: Asus WL-160N 802.11n USB stick unveiled
by Anonymous on Saturday, December 01 2007 @ 18:39:27 CET
270max and dual antenna probably indicates a Broadcom chipset.


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