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TP-LINK TL-WN881ND Wireless N300 PCI Express Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2

  • 300Mbps PCI Express Adapter
  • Stronger signal with 2T2R MIMO technology
  • Detachable Antennas,easy upgrade
  • Advanced Security-WPA / WPA2
  • Plug & Play for Windows 8
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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-WN881ND

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WN881ND

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Security
Supports 64/128 WEP, WPA /WPA2/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK(TKIP/AES), supports IEEE 802.1X
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Interface
PCI Express x1
Frequency Band
2.4GHz - 2.4835GHz
Modulation
DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK, OFDM, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
Antenna
2 x 2dBi Detachable Omni Directional (RP-SMA)
Dimensions
4.8" x 3.1" x 0.8"
Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing

Feature

Features
Wireless Modes: Ad-Hoc / Infrastructure mode

System Requirements:
Windows 7(32/64bits), Windows Vista(32/64bits), Windows XP(32/64bits)

Reception Sensitivity:
270M: -68dBm@10% PER
130M: -68dBm@10% PER
108M: -73dBm@10% PER
54M: -73dBm@10% PER
11M: -89dBm@8% PER
6M: -87dBm@10% PER
1M: -90dBm@8% PER

EIRP: <20dBm

Wireless N speed up to 300Mbps makes it ideal for video streaming, online gaming and Internet calls

2T2R MIMO delivers greater throughput at range versus conventional 1T1R

Easily setup a highly secured wireless link with QSS software embedded

Bundled utility provides quick & hassle free installation.

Packaging

Package Contents
Wireless Adapter
2 x Detachable Omni directional antenna
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Jonas D.
  • 4/8/2014 11:03:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Plug and play for 8.1. Works perfect. Fast. Cheap.

Cons: It didn't install itself.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card on a Budget

Pros: Very small form factor PCI card. This card comes with a low-profile bracket for mounting inside micro-ATX chassis.

Wireless N. 2T2R MIMO. Basically, this means that the card can more efficiently communicate with your wireless network.

This was the easiest wireless card installation I've ever seen. Windows 8 recognized the card immediately and installed the drivers automatically. The drivers were installed before I had time to load the included driver CD! I've used other wireless cards in the past, and they all seemed to have driver compatibility issues (using Windows 7 x64).

We've been using this card for a month in our home, and it's always been reliable and kept a strong signal. HD video streaming and gaming is very smooth with this card! I haven't been able to test the range very much, as our house isn't big enough to max out the cards range; however, it works everywhere I tried it.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: For this price, you really can't go wrong. This is a very strong card for a little over $20.

This card is great for most uses, and will fit inside small form factor cases.

If you need stronger range, you may need to go with a stronger card. However, for standard home use, you should have no problem.

I build PCs for friends and family from time-to-time, and this card has definitely become my "go-to" wireless adaptor. Sorry Linksys.

Speedtest.net results: Download - 15.26 Mbps, Upload - 3.19 Mbps

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  • Mr. w.
  • 3/21/2014 7:20:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: added as afterthought to a new computer build. Installation was easy. Almost installs itself. works great.

Cons: none

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  • Steven M.
  • 3/16/2014 9:43:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Card

Pros: Connects easily to my Router
Installation was a breeze
Only cost $20.00 shipped
It has been very stable thus far
300Mbs works for gaming and HD streaming

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I bought this card because it was cheap and I needed a PCIE card so I could run SLI. (PCI slot is in a bad spot) I knew that TP-Link made good products so I went for it. The 300Mbs is a nice upgrade over the 54Mbs that I had.

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5 out of 5 eggsbang for a $20 bill!

Pros: - Biggest pro (probably only for nerds): supports HostAP! ('hostapd' in linux.)
What is that? The chip can make your computer a wifi router/firewall/server if you want. Not perk for everyone and it not easy and only on linux. Research it for a weekend hobby some day. With this card, I hosted a wifi network.
This is awesome for $20.

- Price point. You can't beat it, but see OTs.

- Low profile card (If you wanted to build a small router in a micro-ATX case?) it comes with a second bracket for a tiny case.

- Generic SMA antenna ports. You can purchase external antennas (TP-LINK TL-ANT2405C, SKU: N82E16812997086 for $8) and run them away from your router. I recommend it if you can afford it. Your case filled with components through which electricity flows and potentially (but not necessarily) interfers should be avoided if possible.

If too much you can look at simple SMA extension cables. (3M for $5, SKU:9SIA1NV0UF6248, 6M for $6, SKU:9SIA1NV0NY4981.) These cables extend the antennas off your tower so you can tack them to a wall or move them higher.

- 2T2R MIMO, two transmit, two receive, multiple-in-multiple-out. Basically means the card uses both antennas to communicate as effentiently with the AP (or clients in hostapd ;) as it can.

- No driver setup on Windows 7/8 or even linux. Most atheros stuff was enabled in a generic linux kernel and Windows recognized it already as well. I can't speak for an older OS, however. If it doesn't detect, I cover options below to fix that :)

- It performs as expected for a 802.11n 300 device. No reason to beat a dead horse with that one. The speeds are on par with actual (not theoretical throughput) speeds. My apartment is small so strength is adequate. In linux you have additional power commands and other features (also true in Windows to a lesser extent if you know where to look.) This card is way faster than my USB Edimax EW-7811Un.

- Unless you're using >Windows XP then you may not need the disk. Look into the features of TPL's software to see if it offers anything else you need. Like easier WPS but I highly recommend to *not* use WPS. "Shortcuts are security risks." WPS has proven security risks. Research the Reaver WPS exploit to know the risks!

Sidenote: It is a minidisk. In the [rare] event you have a slot-loading drive it won't work.
Here: http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/download/?model=TL-WN881ND&version=V1 for the software.
Download driver ONLY (~5MB .zip) OS, right click the .inf file ("Type: Setup Information" in Windows explorer), and click "Install." It installs the basic driver detect your card WITHOUT full software! This is also on the disk at X:\\TL-WN881ND\Driver Files\

THE WEBSITE .ZIP FILE INCLUDES WINDOWS 8 32/64bit DRIVERS AS WELL AND THE DISK DOES NOT. DISK ONLY INCLUDES UP TO WINDOWS 7.

Cons: - THIS IS NOT A CON AT THIS PRICE POINT, but this card is only 2.4GHz. At $18 you can't beat an internal card with this quality and with these features but if you can afford $10 more then the TP-Link's WDN3800 is dual-band and equally as great of a card.

- No cons to speak of.

Other Thoughts: To test this card I pulled my TP-Link TL-WDN3800 (NeweggSKU: N82E16833704162) and, naturally, it wasn't as fast. But it was intended for a different user base as well. If you only have a 2.4GHz (non-dual band) network then it's no question that this card will be perfect for your network, assuming you don't want to get a cheap $10 USB adapter. If, however, you plan to use TP-Link for it's hostapd abilities of it's Atheros chip or if you plan to upgrade to a dual-band network in the future then consider spending the extra $10 to $12 on the N600 model.

It's never a bad idea to future-proof your tech whenever it's not too much of a hassle to do so!

This is a great starter card but as technology improves it'll quickly become less than adequate. Overall, this card offers some killer features at a great price point. For a spare $20 (or two with external antennas) you can have a capable connection to your network or even turn your computer tower into a router itself. In my many years in the tech world TP-Link has always had a name for itself as a dependable, quality company with a budget price point. By no means am I a complete TP-Link fanboy, but they have definitely earned my respect over the years for what products I've purchased and reviewed, how they've lasted, and how they've stacked up against competitors. But if you have an extra $10 and a dual-band wifi router then consider the TL-WDN3800!!

This is a 5-egg card for filling a role targeting single band 2.4Ghz requirements. It's bigger brother, the TL-WDN3800, is more of my fancy, personally. But if this card is what you need then TP-Link won't let you down with filling that requirement. And considering their customer service history, well, that speaks for itself as well.


I'll end with what I always like to advise people:
Know your requirements.
Do your homework.
Consider your options.
READ REVIEWS. (Customers speak for a company's actions/competency.)
When you review be humble but honest. Don't be afraid to be critical but being bitter doesn't help anyone researching the product.

Cheers.

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  • Sean W.
  • 3/10/2014 5:50:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price

Pros: Works just as stated cheap and fast.

Cons: Not a big fan of the software but once it's set you don't really have to toy with it.

Other Thoughts: I don't know how to set the wireless setting to not show up each time I start windows but it's only the smallest type of hindrance. Still worth the price of admission.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent price and performance

Pros: This is a great little internal PCI WLAN card - it takes up very little space inside my PC and has good performance for the price.

The card was extremely easy to install and setup using the clearly-written printed instructions and the included driver PC. I installed the card in less than 5 minutes inside my Windows Vista x32 box.

I installed this card inside my home theater PC in my family room, which is on the main floor of my house - one floor above the router which is in the basement. I had been using an external USB 2.0 wireless card for many years with my HTPC. This TP-LINK adapter has replaced the external unit.

The USB 2.0 adapter had been giving me a solid 25 mbps download speed and 10-11 mbps upload speed on my Comcast plan of 50 mbps down and 11 mbps up.

After installing the new TP-LINK card, I ran a bandwidth test on www.speedtest.net and got the following: 29 mbps download and 11.5 mbps upload. All in all, I am very happy with the boost in performance over my older adapter.

Thanks very much, Newegg!

Cons: None

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4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: The price. The warranty, The easy install. Low profile. Removable antenna. Works well with a strong signal inside the house everywhere I moved the PC to. ( do not have a basement)

Cons: Well for me the real test of a wireless adapter or router is does it work to my garage which is 200 feet away or so. This product did not pick up my routers signal from inside the garage. The USB adapter I was using on same machine in same location does. Now I did not try different antenna which probably would have fixed this issue.

Other Thoughts: Unless someone has limited or uses a lot of USB ports I really do not see the advantage of using a PCIe wireless adapter. except perhaps large cache files and a uncluttered look.
When using inside the house the speed was good 75-95mbps the same as my USB wireless adapter.
I did not use driver disc. Just downloaded drivers from website before installing.
I had no issues of freezing, signal loss, or any other type.
So if you are looking for a PCIe wireless adapter and do not need dual band.
The only reason I did not give this wireless adapter 5 eggs is I received no signal in my garage with the standard antenna.

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5 out of 5 eggsCompact budget N300 adapter, not right for everyone

Pros: Priced extremely well, giving excellent bang for the buck. A few years ago, a wireless adapter of this quality would have gone for upwards of $50. Comes with drivers (which are far superior to Atheros), low-profile bracket mount for SFF builds. Also very compact.

TP-Link has a longstanding reputation for quality wireless products. This comes with 2 year limited P&L warranty, and in my experience TP Link has good RMA service.

2TR2 MIMO tech, meaning the antennae can transmit and receive data. Antennae are also moveable and detachable.

PCI-E x1 means you can flexibly plug this card into any PCI-E slot on your motherboard, including the PCI-E x16 video card slots.

300Mbps transfer rate and wireless-N compatible. Worked with 128-bit encryption. Average of 3.5-5Mbps download with TP Link 1750Mbps router; 90Mbps write and read with LAN Speed Test.

Cons: No 5GHz band/wireless AC support. This is a big negative for those with high-end gaming routers, as you will see a slight performance loss.

Range is not excellent; never over 100Mbps instead of the full 300Mbps from 15 feet away through one wall. but it may improve if you replace the included antennae with higher gain ones.

Drivers were not automatically installed by Windows 8.

Other Thoughts: This is a good card for a basic setup and is fine for gaming, downloading, and this sort of thing, but steer clear if you have a lot of 2.4GHz devices around, such as in a tight apartment building or dorm; they noticeably interfere with the signal.

Otherwise, invest in a dual-band adapter if you also have a dual-band router with a 5GHz signal.

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  • Tim T.
  • 3/8/2014 11:59:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsLinux Compatible

Pros: Plug and Play with Linux. Installed the card and Linux Mint 16 automatically recognized it. The card uses the Qualcomm Atheros AR9287 chipset.

Cons: Not dual band. 2.4GHz only.

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