ASUS P5E3 Premium/Wifi-AP.N functions as an access point when wired Gigabit local
area networking ports and wireless antennas are used in conjunction with
a wired router. Access points allow other local Wifi devices to
connect to a wired network, meaning that in conjunction with Windows'
software internet connection sharing, the P5E3 Premium can essentially
provide all the functionality of a wireless router - as long as you leave
the computer on all the time.
While the ASUS Wifi AP software isn't quite as
versatile or informative as the web clients found on dedicated access points, it
does get the job done. It would have been nice to see more integration with Windows built-in
networking utilities. As it is, most options have to be set through ASUS' separate
Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and the
now-deprecated Wired Equivalent Protocol (WEP) are all supported as options to
protect your wireless transmission from snoopers.
The Azureware AW-NA830
WiFi adapter supports 802.11 B/G/N standards, and functions as a wireless
All of this wireless
functionality is powered by an AzureWave AW-NA830 Wifi card that's integrated
onto the P5E3 Premium's PCB. Aside from its native
support of the 802.11-N wireless standard at up to 150Mbps
transfer speeds, it's backwards compatible with 802.11g at 54Mbps, and 802.11b at