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TP-LINK TL-WN8200ND High Power Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Mini USB Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2

  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 2.4GHz - 2.4835GHz
  • WPA2
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Learn more about the TP-LINK TL-WN8200ND

Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WN8200ND

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 300Mbps
Security
Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
WPA/WPA2
WPA2
Interface
Mini USB
Frequency Band
2.4GHz - 2.4835GHz
Antenna
2 x 5dBi Detachable Omni Directional (RP-SMA)
System Requirements
Windows 7(32/64bits), Windows Vista(32/64bits), Windows XP(32/64bits)
Dimensions
90.8 x 60.7 x 24 mm
Temperature
0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity
10% - 90%, Non-Condensing

Feature

Features
Wireless Modes: Ad-Hoc / Infrastructure mode

Button: WPS

300Mbps wireless data rates ideal for interruption sensitive applications like HD video streaming as well as day-to-day tasks like sending emails.

High power and high receive sensitivity deliver performance enhancement compared with normal power

Strong penetrability insures sustainable and reliable signal even across multiple walls or floors

Easily setup a highly secured wireless connection at a push of WPS button

WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions effectively protect your network from outside intrusions

Supports soft AP mode for Windows XP/Vista/7, easily making the local network sharing

Supports Sony PSP X-link for online gaming for Windows XP

Bundled CD provides easy and hassle-free installation and configuration

Backward compatible with all IEEE 802.11b/g products

Desktop design guarantees the stable signal and prettifies your home network

Two external detachable antennas allow for better alignment and stronger antenna upgrades.

Packaging

Package Contents
TL-WN8200ND
2*5dBi Detachable Omni Directional Antennas
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide
1.5m USB Extension Cable

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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5 out of 5 eggsUpgrade from internal adapter

Pros: Increased signal strength over internal laptop adapter. Discovers more (further away) Wifi SSIDs than laptop's internal wireless.

Option to install driver-only is a plus. Does not require the software utility to function. It can be installed to use Windows built-in wireless networking utility.

Optional provided software utility includes an easy way to switch this to a secure WPA access point. Just right click icon and enable SoftAP mode. Now your PC is a simple wireless router! You can even create your own passcode.

Nice long adjustable antennas feel nice.

Five foot USB cable included.

Cons: Not plug-and-play on Windows 7 or 8. Requires driver CD.

Mini-USB port placement on front of unit doesn't make sense unless mounting on the wall, however there are no wall mounting holes on back.

Difficult to unwrap antennas from tightly wrapped sticky plastic packaging.

Blinking green light is too bright. Should be on the back, toggle off, or not exist.

USB cable is pretty thick.

Other Thoughts: I have a computer in the basement we use to stream movies but due to location it can barely pick up our wireless signal. I was using a power-over-ethernet adapter for the problem, but this transfers files over twice as fast and just as reliable.

I hard a hard time streaming media wirelessly, but now it just works.

Link speed reported as 144Mbps in task manager when connecting to 2.4GHz 802.11g.

USB is okay, but I'd prefer this connect via ethernet cable since you must install a driver anyway and the ethernet jack generally goes unused if when using wireless.

It does what it says and does it well, but it's not the most logical design in my opinion.

In conclusion, this is a quality adapter for the price. None of the cons merit taking away a star.

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  • Aleksandr G.
  • 3/5/2014 2:37:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHas its ups and downs

Pros: Good speeds.
Antennas help.

Cons: Randomly disconnects and reconnects back again. Late support for Windows 8

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  • Misty M.
  • 1/17/2014 10:58:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLagless

Pros: Easy to install and assemble took me less 5 minutes to get it up and running.

Cons: none

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  • Katie H.
  • 1/2/2014 1:38:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn’t live up to claims

Pros: The device had a very strong signal strength (5 out of 5 bars) and picked up many of the networks on my street.

Cons: It was painfully slow. Only 7.0 Mbps, that was down from the 58.0 I was getting before. I wanted greater signal strength and got it but lost speed.

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  • Ralph L.
  • 10/18/2013 10:06:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: Easy set up.

Cons: So slow I will have to replace.

Other Thoughts: I am using comcast cable (not really that good), but at times I have downloaded with my laptop's internal wireless over 8MB (megabytes) per second. For some reason I am down to 50-60 KBs. This new adapter has brought me down to 27KBs. I had to wait forever just to get to this page to complain.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

Thank you for your review and we appreciate you checking out TP-Link.

You may find it helpful to reinstall the driver from our website:
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/?model=TL-WN8200ND&version=V1#tbl_a

It would also be helpful to remove the Utility if it is installed and only connect to the Internet using the Windows configuration.

A good test would be to try different USB ports on your Computer, or even another computer entirely for testing. You may see that if the speeds change drastically then the issue could mostly be with the port.

If you have any issues or concerns then you can feel free to contact me directly at howard.he@tp-link.com.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support
http://www.facebook.com/TPLINK

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Value

Pros: Fairly long USB cable, 5 feet. One touch button for automatic security. Personally I would prefer to simply use a password, but if you're having trouble with the software, if you don't have a disc drive or internet access prior to installation, that would be a convenient feature. This adapter gets really good range. In my bedroom, which is on the far side of my house, I can get a full 5 bars. My iPod only gets 2 out of 3 in the same room. It comes with two fairly long antennas that are very easy to install. You don't even need to use them really if you're not too far away from your router. The packaging it comes in is very secure and should do a good job keeping your hardware safe on the journey from Newegg to your home. Hasn't dropped a signal yet the entire time I've used it, which is well over 100 hours. Nice strong signal and I'm getting my full 50 Mb DSL speed.

Cons: I've only had a single problem with this wireless adapter and that was with the software. I installed the TP Link software that was included with this device and let it run. I was typing up a text document and every minute or two it kept pulling focus off of the window I was working on. That's the best way I can think of to describe it. I would be typing and the cursor would disappear so that what I was typing wasn't coming up on the document and I'd have to manually put the cursor back on my text document and continue typing. So, I closed the TP Link software and it stopped doing it. Fortunately, you don't need the TP LInk software to use this wireless adapter. You can just plug it into your USB port and let Windows automatically install drivers. Then use Windows wireless network settings to select your network and you're good to go. That is if you're using Windows Vista or 7. Windows 8 wasn't listed as compatible on their website for this piece of hardware. XP is compatible, but I don't think it will automatically install drivers. So I knocked off on egg for that issue.

Other Thoughts: This wireless adapter really is a good piece of equipment for the price. I would buy another one if I needed one. Here's an interesting fact I learned, the plural of "Antenna" is antennae if its referring to insects or some other animal and antennas if its referring to hardware.

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4 out of 5 eggsExcellent External Adapter

Pros: This adapter is for people who want a low latency connection for their desktop pc's that cannot be connected via Cat5 or 6. It gives excellent 802.11G/N performance through a regular USB 2.0 connection.
I tested with a local Server 2012 R2 RC server using storage spaces on 4x 7200rpm 500GB disks. I have a 1GbE switch and WZR-300HP for a WAP.
With normal wireless traffic from the rest of my house I was typically able to achieve 100 to 200Mb/s of straight transfer speeds over the network. With the rest of the network silent I had no issues transferring large files near the maximum 300Mb/s.
I swapped over to a Win7 laptop for range tests. I was able to sustain connection to my wireless network at ranges up to 50 feet. At this range the signal strength was still registering at 50% and speeds for downloads were around 40Mb/s.
Physically the device does not have a tendency to fall over or be over-powered by the USB cable, a common occurrence with other brands of USB desktop adapters.

Cons: The physical dimensions of this adapter are slightly prohibitive if using this with a laptop machine. Beyond the obvious looks you will get because you have a enormous pair of rabbit ears sprouting from your laptop, it just generally gets in the way. Add in the fact that you have to connect with the supplied USB cable and you'll soon find yourself wishing for another solution.
While I fully recognize that the electronics inside of this device are probably tiny in size, thus preventing the device from naturally having any real weight. Unfortunately this provides a "cheap" feel to the adapter. With that said it has been dropped twice and shows zero scars from the experiences. Perhaps a metal case would assist in the feel of the adapter.

Other Thoughts: For a desktop machine this adapter is perfect as it gives great speeds and comes in at a very affordable price. As well the provided USB cable is long enough to provide ample placement options.
For a laptop, look elsewhere. This device is too cumbersome for daily or even "in a pinch" use.

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5 out of 5 eggsReally Good

Pros: *802.11n/g/b
*Detachable antennas
*Easy setup
*Windows 8 Compatible

Cons: *Very light tips over easy

Other Thoughts: I had been using a D-Link USB adapter on my desktop for over a year now, never managing to get more than 2 or 3 bars of signal strength. Being on the near opposite side of the house and behind 3 walls from the Router, I've never been happy with my internet speed or reception. Once I installed this adapter in place of my old D-Link I was able to obtain a constant 4 bars of signal quality. I tested speeds before and after installing this adapter and noticed an improvement right away. Not only did my reception improve, my speeds went from 6Mbps down 1.5Mbps up before to 15Mbps down and 2.3Mbps up after.

If you need a strong Wireless Network Adapter, I definitely recommend giving this thing a try, it's doing wonders compared to my previous USB adapter and far better than most of the others I have tried over the last couple of years. I have always liked TP-Link for their networking devices because they are solid and this device is no exception. I would have personally liked the adapter to be a little bit more bottom heavy as it does tip over easily but that is easily fixes with double sided tape or Velcro. I would easily recommend this to anyone without thinking twice.

I also want to add that I am using Windows 8 64bit on that PC and it works without any issues to speak of. Installation was seamless. Great product!

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4 out of 5 eggsNice Wireless Adapter

Pros: This adapter does several things that I appreciate, 1) Had great range for a portable device. 2) Speed was as expected and noticeably constant, which for some adapters is NOT the case. 3) Size is perfect for potable use, and I love detachable antennae, They just seem more accurate then the USB Dongles. 4) Worked and setup smoothly on my Windows XP Netbook. 5) Absolutely blew away my built in wireless on my Netbook by almost 2x the transfer rate.

Cons: There are several issues that I found on this adapter, 1) Base weight is perhaps a tad light so I have found that it tips over when the desk is giggled. 2) No Windows 8 Support. To me this is a huge negative. I was set to test this on my Acer Laptop but found that the drivers were not Windows 8 Capable. When I went to the site I found a "Coming Soon" notice. 3) Cable length is not as long as I would have liked, but that is personal choice. 4) Big drawback is it is NOT 5g, that would have given this a strong 4 stars maybe even a low 5 stars, but with this limitation I only give it a low 4 stars.

Other Thoughts: Being a network guy myself I have gone from the monster wireless devices all the way down to the tiny USB dongles and for me I prefer the size of this device. The big monster devices are clumsy and just not portable and the dongles are both easy to lose and also fairley easy to snap off, thus breaking both the dongle and the USB port. This device eliminates all those issues and as a USB wireless device the range and throughput is solid and stable and I would recommend this device to others.

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3 out of 5 eggsPrice is right, don’t expect faster than onboard.

Pros: My initial impressions were very positive. Simple connectivity, two big thick high quality removable antennas and WPS button. I started to test it and all was going well: Here are speeds transferring from two Win7 RAM drives through a Linksys AC router (no bottlenecks) in the same room.

Large single file = 9.77 MB/sec (78 mbits)
Medium files = 6.55MB/sec (52 mbits)
Tiny files = 1.08 MB/sec (8 mbits)

But I suppose the real reason you want this is because of the huge antennas, hoping that those antennas will get you better wifi speeds with your laptop or desktop. So I started to test it comparing it to my onboard wireless Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 that’s in my asus laptop. Many may get something with external antennas with hopes of better reception and faster speeds. I started to test it and an odd thing happened. Apparently my onboard wireless adapter is one of the most awesome adapters in the world, because it totally kicks this TP-Link thing to the curb.

Cons: I started testing it measuring the signal strength compared to my onboard. OBVIOUSLY, this TL-WN8200ND would be better than my little onboard, right? Boy way I wrong.

Here is the signal strength comparing the TL-WN8200ND to onboard from in room and from outside into my garage about 50’ away in 3 walls away: (remember, the lower the better)
TL-WN8200ND:
50 dB in same room.
65 dB outside.
Onboard:
59 dB in room.
50 dB outside.

Yes, that’s right, my onboard wireless was just as fast outside 50’ away as the TL-WN8200ND was in the same room with the router! I tested the actual speeds and confirmed the exact same results. I tried different antenna positions and still got the same results. Much weaker than onboard. The Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 is not some super wifi chip either, just a budget chip in a budget laptop. Yes, I did have the right drivers installed, firmware, etc. They may update the drivers or firmware and that may null this whole review but this is what I found end of August 2013.

In other news, the software gave errors upon install, and trying to run it, “Failed to load the library file!” or something like that, but I never really install the software anyways, just the drivers.

Windows 7 required the mini drivers disk, windows 8 found it no sweat. Nice.

Other Thoughts: Would I get this? It’s pretty cheap, so yes, if I didn’t have a wireless adapter for a desktop. For a laptop its a bit large. If I wanted to get better wifi speeds to replace my onboard wireless an a laptop, I would not get it. I am very surprised how much slower it is than my onboard. Well I hope that's enough information to help you decide.

Thanks newegg.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear reviewer,
Thank you for your detailed review. We really appreciate your effort on testing the high power in different applications.

If possible, could you please try and compare the wireless throughput?
You may simply use the speedtest.net website to compare which adapter provides better throughput.
I think at far point, the WN8200ND works much better than built-in adapters.

My email is: howard.he@tp-link.com
I will be happy to listen to your further test results and suggestions.
Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Team
support@tp-link.com
(866) 225-8139
http://www.tp-link.com/us/support
http://www.facebook.com/TPLINK

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