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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

  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 2.4GHz - 2.4835GHz
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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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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  • 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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