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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

  • 300Mbps wireless data rates
  • High power
  • Dual high gain detachable antennas
  • WPS button
  • WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions
  • Supports Sony PSP X-link for online gaming for Windows XP
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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4 out of 5 eggsSpeedy Adapter

Pros: Plug & Play, Large dual antenna, compact, fast, incredible range

Cons: Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) can use the device, it won't attach to a network

Other Thoughts: I always try to use wireless devices without the included "Connection Software" that comes with it, and with both Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 10 Preview 9684, this worked just fine with just plugging it in. My speed was about 70% of what my wired speed was, but that's to be expected with a USB 2.0 connection.

While it was simple to just plug in and use with Windows, I spent over two hours trying to signin to my home network with Ubuntu, to no avail. I could SEE networks (even networks that I normally don't see until I'm out of range of mine), and I could enter my credentials, but after authentication occurred, I was dumped from the network (much like how LG tablets or Motorola phones do about half the time).

Sadly, while the Technical Support was quick, it wasn't useful. The reply was, basically, we don't support Linux and this device may never see support for it. For those of us who are dual-booting operating systems, or need hardware that will work with Linux (any build), this is not the device for you.

If, however, you are looking for something to use with Windows that has a large range, THIS is a great device for you. No need to open your case or portable - just plug this in and you're back online.

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  • joseph c.
  • 10/30/2014 4:18:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPicks up Neighbors WIFI

Pros: Picks up the neighbors WIFI signal across the street with full strength excellent signal.
Easy to set up and install.

Cons: Wont pick up the signal in the basement lol.
Had problem with device connecting and disconnecting from the computer repeatedly.
Had to turn PC on its side to use the MINI DISC due to vertical CD drive.

Other Thoughts: After I installed the driver the device would connect and disconnect from the computer repeatedly. While this was going on it would not show up in my device manager. Finally after about 3 minutes of this the computer gave me a message that the device was not recognized and to unplug and try again . After this I did unplug it and plug it back in and it worked. So I am not sure what caused it but the problem seemed to work itself out after a few tries of unplugging and plugging the USB back in.

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  • Joseph K.
  • 7/4/2014 1:56:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product!

Pros: Good price, great range, good product.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: My router is in the basement of the house and my room is on the 2nd floor. Before I would only get 1 bar so I had to use an extender. Extender wasn't very reliable so I got this product. I have full bar now and the range on this thing is crazy!. Only used it for couple of days but the connection is stable and was very easy to set it up.

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4 out of 5 eggs2nd Revised Review

Pros: The first test unit I received died after just a few days of use. After several emails TP-Link asked me to return my defective unit and then they shipped out a new replacement. The connect speeds are still not very impressive typically around 147K, but the new unit has been reliable so far.

The installation mini-CD that came with the new unit worked perfectly the first time on a new Windows 7 64-bit PC. Once installed, it had a nice interface to locate nearby WIFI sources.

I was able to backup the test PC without any data rate slow downs or lost packets.

The USB interface makes this a handy gadget to easily connect to any PC with a USB port to WIFI. No need to open the case on a desktop to install a WIFI interface card. It does not have to be installed in a single machine, but can be moved to different desktop or laptop systems as needed. This could be very convenient for students or travelers.

Cons: I was never able to obtain a full 300 Mbps WIFI-N connection as advertised. The unit seemed to top out at around 150 Mbps.

Other Thoughts: If the replacement unit continues to work reliably, I may start recommending these TP-Link USB adapters to my desktop and laptop users, versus permanently installed PCI or PCIe WIFI cards. These would also be handy way to repair a laptop with a failed internal WIFI adapter.

Recommended: These adapters seem to provide a lot of value for the money.

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3 out of 5 eggsLeaves something to be desired

Pros: It does pick up more signals. Extended range was quite impressive.

Cons: Speeds while using this are seriously slower than the built in wireless card. This only does the 2.4Ghz band. The antennas stick below the base so it does not sit even.

Other Thoughts: I'm not overly impressed, but if you're having issues getting a signal this can allow you to connect.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Customer,

We appreciate you taking the time to check out our prodcut.

We are sorry if this device didn't have a better signal strength than your internal adapter.

You may be able to find something on our website that may work better for you: http://www.tp-link.us/products/?categoryid=201

The only configuration we can really do for these is to update the Driver and change some simple settings under Device Manager.

If you have any issues or concerns then you can feel to contact me directly at howard.he@tp-link.com and I would be happy to further assist you.


Best Regards!

TP-LINK Support Force
Toll Free: +1 866 225 8139
Email: support.usa@tp-link.com
FAQ: http://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/

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4 out of 5 eggsworks good

Pros: Fairly easy to setup, Supports WPS for a very simple install.
Good price, durable construction, long cable for easy placement wherever needed, reliable connection for the most part.
Supports SoftAP and with two of them you can create multiple wifi hotspots, extend the range of your signal, or creating different access points.
Uses standard RP-SMA antenna connectors
Good signal quality, compared to other adapters it has the best signal strength every time!

Cons: Disconnects itself once in a while on 2 different computers (dual cores with windows 7) but runs great on my newer quad core (windows 7). Won't stay full screen on Hulu most of the time and sometimes it wont automatically connect and it loses signal completely. The driver is required from the included mini CD as Windows 7 doesn't seem to work without it and this could be a problem being since the disc is one of the mini's that not all drives can use. I would like to just plug it in and go but that maybe too much to ask considering I had trouble getting the utility/driver from their website to work. Comes with only 5dbi antennas. Slower than expected download speed (32Mbs average).

Other Thoughts: I'm happy with this adapter. It doesn't disconnect very often and seems very predictable. I've always been happy with TP-link because they always seem to work for me. I can't complain about the performance for the cost and versatility of the device. Downloaded drivers from the website just didn't work so keep track of that disc!

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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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  • Chris 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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