How to fix connectivity issues with the Asus USB-N13 Wireless Adapter on Windows 10

The Windows Update service will provide you with drivers for the Asus USB-N13 adapter, but in my experience, none of these drivers function reliably. They all suffer from the “limited connection disease” thus forcing me to reattach the dongle and play an endless game of connect and disconnect.

Asus USB-N13
Asus USB-N13 limited connection


I’ve tried resetting the TCP/IP stack and I have browsed through the error messages from the event log, but with helpful error descriptions like the one shown below, I’ve gotten nowhere (problem 0x15 = device is not ready)

Device USB\VID_0B05&PID_17AB\00e04c000001 had a problem starting.
Driver Name: oem188.inf
Class Guid: {4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
Service: RtlWlanu
Lower Filters:
Upper Filters: vwifibus
Problem: 0x15
Status: 0x0

I eventually resolved to download the latest driver pack from Realtek’s website. Well, by latest I’m referring to the drivers they released for Windows 8 back in 2012. Interestingly enough though, those drivers are able to sustain me with a stable wireless connection.

To avoid further issues down the road I’ve configured Windows Update to keep its paws off driver updates, as Windows Update will without mercy upgrade the USB-N13 driver to “the best version for your system”.

I would have needed to use an excessive amount of screenshots to document the complete process, so I’ve opted to record a video showing the steps instead.

Click this link to watch the video on YouTube

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