Asus WL-160N 802.11n USB stick unveiled

Posted on Saturday, Dec 01 2007 @ 03:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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)

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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Re: Asus WL-160N 802.11n USB stick unveiled
by Anonymous on Saturday, Dec 01 2007 @ 03:57 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, Dec 01 2007 @ 18:39 CET
270max and dual antenna probably indicates a Broadcom chipset.