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TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

  • Dual Band Speed for lag-free HD video streaming and gaming
  • up to 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5GHz 450Mbps
  • Easy encryption w/ WPS button
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Model

Brand
TP-LINK
Model
TL-WDN4200

Spec

Standards
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Security
Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK,802.1x
Interface
USB 2.0
Frequency Band
2.4-2.4835GHz
5.15-5.35GHZ
5.745-5.825GHz
Modulation
DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK, OFDM, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
Antenna
Omnidirectional Antenna
Dimensions
3.6" x 1.1" x 0.6"

Feature

Features
Dual Band connections for lag-free HD video streaming and gaming
Maximum speed up to 2.4GHz 450Mbps and 5GHz 450Mbps
Supports ad-hoc and infrastructure mode
Easy wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button
Supports Sony PSP X-Link for joyful online gaming for Windows XP
Supports Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit, Vista 32/64bit, XP 32/64bit
Easy Wireless Configuration Utility

Signal Rate
2.4GHz
11n: Up to 450Mbps(dynamic)
11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)
11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)
5GHz
11n: Up to 450Mbps(dynamic)
11a: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)

Reception Sensitivity
270M_2.4GHz: -70dBm@10% PER
130M_2.4GHz: -70dBm@10% PER
54M_2.4GHz: -76dBm@10% PER
11M_2.4GHz: -86dBm@8% PER
6M_2.4GHz: -91dBm@10% PER
1M_2.4GHz: -97dBm@8% PER
270M_5GHz: -66dBm@10% PER
130M_5GHz: -69dBm@10% PER
54M_5GHz: -76dBm@10% PER
6M_5GHz: -90dBm@10% PER

Ad-Hoc / Infrastructure mode

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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3 out of 5 eggsAlmost TP Link... Almost.

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: *Great Range - very good antenna
*Easy Setup - Windows 8.1 & 7 know what this is right away
*AP Mode is a plus
*Good Data Throughput on 2.4 Band

Cons: *Somewhat Bulky - May make dual USB use difficult
*5Ghz Band Performance Seriously Lacking

Other Thoughts: Unfortunately, after thorough testing I can't recommend this adapter at this price point. Originally used on 3 separate networks - Work (Netgear WNDR4000 router), Work (Pepwave Verizon Router) & home (Buffalo Airstation Extreme 1750 Dual Band). Not on a single one of those devices was the TP Link able to maintain a 5Ghz link. The signal would be dropped and reconnection was intermittent at best.

Performance on the 2.4Ghz band however was great. Not a single dropped connection over the past few weeks of constant use at work. At home, the same great performance with my Buffalo AirStation.

Living Room - 20ft -37dBm
Bedroom - 50ft -39dBm
Upstairs Guest Room 75ft - 42dBm
Outside - Driveway 50ft -57dBm
End of Driveway 100ft - 63 to 67dBm

Speed - Full AT&T Speed in the house and dropped to half at the end of the driveway. So, if you have a good router the TP Link can def keep up with the range. Just wished the 5Ghz band worked better. If you catch this on sale go for it. Otherwise, at over $30 bucks and your hoping to get 5G look elsewhere.

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3 out of 5 eggsOkay Wireless Adapter

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: I tested this on two computers, a Dell laptop running Windows 7, and a Windows 2008 server in a server closet that has a backup wi-fi connection. Both the laptop and the server each already had Wireless N adapters. The server uses an internal PCI card with a single external antenna and the Dell laptop had whatever built in WIfi that Dell built it with. In both cases, I was able to receive between 10-15 MB/sec sustained on the other side of my house. This was more than enough to stream 1080p video across my home.

The dongle feels solid and well made, and even includes a USB extender in the box, which I thought was a nice touch. The price (currently $30.99) seems to be on par with similar adapters of its kind.

Cons: Installation was a bit of a hassle. Although I am always in the habit of downloading latest drivers from the Internet on any new piece of hardware, I think that for most people, a new piece of hardware should be auto detected on a modern OS. The fact that you either had to install the software from the included CD or downloaded from the web is a con for novice to intermediate users. Installation was pretty standard once I had the drivers loaded, but still, this shouldn't be a requirement.

Secondly, this thing is huge. There are many wireless adapters that are much smaller than this with similar performance. This thing sticks out so far out of the side of my laptop, that you almost have to use the USB extender to move it out of the way. This is fine for people who mostly use their computer on a stationary desk, but this would not be ideal for someone on the go as this huge adapter would get knocked out very easily.

Although the performance was acceptable, in both computers I tested it on, my speed wasn't any better than the existing Wireless N adapters I previously used on these same two computers. This would not be an adapter you would buy to upgrade built in wireless performance. You'd have to have a machine where the built in adapter was broken or was never wireless to begin with. I just couldn't recommend a device like this thats no faster than what comes standard these days.

Finally one small nitpick that is well documented on other reviews here is the cap that is easy to lose. You might as well just throw it away the first time you use the adapter because its unlikely you'll be able to hold onto it for any length of time.

Other Thoughts: I gave this product 3 stars not because it does anything particularly horrible. Its range and speed was "as expected". Plus, as an advanced user, Im already in the habit of downloading the latest drivers from the web, so I would have done that anyway, but the lack of drivers that can be installed automatically, performance thats on par with run of the mill built in wireless cards, and a very large chassis (for a wireless dongle) that protrudes well beyond the acceptable limits of a typical USB device, I just cannot recommend this product. Yes, it works, and it does what it should, and its priced competitively, but there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of other USB Wireless-N adapters out there that don't have these cons that I would recommend over this device.

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4 out of 5 eggsTested

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: Wider Range Somewhat Descent price

Cons: Even tho it had a slightly wider range than stock Wifi's On the Speed side it wasn't all that noticeable than most stock's.

Other Thoughts: I tested it on several different laptops and a few different desktops and it worked great.Although I my self still prefer to be connected via a Ethernet cable on the main desktop that I personally use. The drivers are stable on Win 8.1, 8, 7 and XP, not once did I encounter even a slightest problem on any of the mentioned OS.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/21/2014 8:38:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Option

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: Simple enough to install. I just plugged it in, had the cd in the tray and directed the driver search to the proper folder. I personally prefer to not install the utilities that come with the wireless card. They tend to cause more issues than they help.

I was able to get on the 5 GHz spectrum
25 MB/s sustained download speed
8 MB/s sustained upload speeds

On 2.4 GHz spectrum
20MB/s sustained download
8MB/s sustained upload

Overall it was pretty solid for intranetwork transfers. There was no drop in internet connection via speedtest for access to the outside world.

Overall I didn't notice any difference in the connection when browsing websites or doing anything that I normally do online.

Cons: It gets warm. I have always been hesitant of the USB ones because I had several overheat probably 5 years ago now. I just toss in a PCI/PCIE card in any build that wants a wifi card. That being said it held up to a month of abuse and didn't degrade in performance at all. I covered it with a towel for a few days to see if anything happened and it didn't overheat or falter at all.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is pretty good for the price. If I knew anyone looking for a relatively inexpensive USB wifi adapter I would recommend this to them. It works and seems to be incapable of overheating which is always a concern with these type of items.

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4 out of 5 eggsTP-Link WDN4200 N900 Wireless USB adapter

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: :
portability
a/b/g/n 2.4 and 5 GHz bands supported
quick and painless setup
decent range and speed
sleek design aesthetics

Cons: :
Easy to lose cap: nothing to connect it to or tether to.
Driver must be installed using the disc or download: no built in driver installer.

Other Thoughts: :
This is a great wireless USB adapter that works wonderfully for its intended purpose of plug in and go connectivity. Features great speed, good range, nice design aesthetics and ease of use.

One of the things I like the most about this adapter is the effort that TP-Link put into making this adapter really painless to setup, no confusing configurations, just select your network, tap in your password and you're good to go.

Another really nice feature is the added ability to run in Soft AP mode, allowing you to use the adapter as a wireless Access Point for other devices needing connectivity. Lets say you only had a cable modem that had no router built in or attached, and only one wired PC could connect. With this adapter you can create wireless access for all your other devices in Soft AP mode essentially replacing the need for a router.

One of the tests I ran was on a laptop with legacy on-board wireless g, and I was genuinely surprised to see that this adapter more than sextupled the speed of the built in wifi to over 300 Mbps. I can see a nice advantage in that scenario, if my only connectivity was tied to a dated machine. Keep in mind these speeds were measuring the connection speed to the router, and not actual download speed: that is bound by your ISP.

Range is pretty good, I was able to get about 50' away outside, separated by 3 interior walls and a thick exterior wall from the router before experiencing signal loss.

Now what I didn't like about this adapter.
First was the Cap to the USB connector has no home once removed, which I know will get lost as soon as it can.
Second is this adapter for all its convenience is tied to an external driver installer, meaning you will need the included mini CD or download the driver to *cough* another USB drive. I think if I was on a design team for something like this I would fight tooth and nail to get a bit of memory added for driver installation.

This is not a negative, but something to keep in mind, because this adapter relies on USB connectivity, it will borrow clock cycles from your CPU to do its job. A laptop running on battery would be affected by this the most, as the added clock cycles will eat more power, somewhat reducing battery run time, maybe not greatly, but it would dent run time a bit.

I would recommend this adapter to anyone that needed an easy way to connect wireless, without having to get into hardware installation.
Software side was very easy to use, and this device performed as intended, without a hitch.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: The wireless adapter was packaged beautifully, and worked flawlessly once I installed the drivers. I don't have a huge work space to test the limits of it, but I can say that it steadily ran at 300 Mbps the entire time I used it at between 10-30 feet away from the router.

As wireless adapters go, it simply works. It doesn't disconnect/reconnect, it just does what it's supposed to do.

Cons: It's unnecessarily huge. Equivalent adapters are built into laptops on a regular basis, and you can certainly buy them in nano-usb form. It could at least have been made small enough not to block neighboring USB slots. I will note that currently this comes with a free extender that solves this issue, as well as some potential distance issues, but why not just include it with the kit in the first place (and paint it to match for at least)?

It would've been nice if the usb stick held the drivers inside of it, rather than having a separate disc. We're quickly approaching a post rotating disc era (many people would say we're already there). This has been done with other products, so I don't see the difficulty in doing it universally moving forward.

Also, can we all agree at this point that caps for USB devices are annoying? It's just another thing to lose, it's pointless. Find a way to keep it attached and out of the way, or get rid of it.

Other Thoughts: TP-Link is a solid brand name, and the premium design and packaging, as well as the quality of their product are a testament to their dedication to selling reliable equipment.

Moving forward, I'd like to see them put more thought into real world usage scenarios and implement those thoughts into the design. This is becoming a field where having the smallest working product makes you the winner. They need to keep this in mind.

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4 out of 5 eggsSolid Adapter

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: The TP-Link TL-WDN4200 Wireless Adapter works as expected for a 802.11N wireless adapter, no major frills, but more importantly, no major issues.

Range was as good as my D-Link 802.11AC USB, able to travel 3 flights of stairs and still maintain signal without packet loss. It is not quite as fast, capping out about 30Mbps, but that may be more of a limit of the USB 2.0 interface (up to 48Mbps).

Windows 8.1 auto-detected the device, but in order to get more advanced features and performance levels you will need to install the TP-Link software.

Streams 1080p video from my CableCard tuner over the wireless network without issue.

Cons: Adapter is somewhat large but this adapter also has better range than smaller adapters. Not really portable, so you may want to put it on a stationary device, like a media extender, desktop or NAS unit.

Other Thoughts: No major complaints, I don't expect too many problems with USB adapters nowadays, the real key is to find one that works without hassle and doesn't drop packets while streaming video.

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2 out of 5 eggsTP LINK

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: PRICE
INSTALLATION

Cons: Only worked for 2 days
tried on 3 computers win7/vista/win8 after 2 days
usb device manager does not see this devices on all 3 computers. just stopped working, no activity light just a dead unit (it happens)
When it worked it preformed fine, speed, connectivity

This is the second TP Link adapter I have used, Last one still works fine

Other Thoughts: The price point is good if the unit works

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4 out of 5 eggsAnother USB wireless adapter

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: Great packaging, if that's a concern to you. You would think it's made of glass, with a form fitting foam insert.

Installed instantly on my DELL XP Laptop and gave no headaches configuring. Good value. Software utilitites improved, but still on mini-cd. No issues with the software, a welcome change for TP products.

WPS support and an activity lamp round out the pros on this adapter

Cons: Support system has no prompt for non-english speakers, a surprise considering the marketplace currently.

The dongle did NOT fit the USB side port on my Dell 620 laptop. ANY usb port that is not flush or has a decent cutout is going to be an issue. TP did provide an extension cable, but no desktop stand like my other wiress adapter did. Lose an egg for that No reason I could see for the design issue. not tht I like a 3 inch dongle poking out of the side of my laptop ready to snap off if I get carless.

I ended up utilizing velcro to keep thte dongle on the lid of my laptop as I tend to move it around quite a bit.

As other reviewers stated, it's a pretty big bit considering that many USB wireless dongle are small enough to be lost easily.

Other Thoughts: In this instance I set up a ad-hoc network since any XP box is no longer welcome on our network.
This allows me access to files on the laptop, while protecting it's presence from the outside wold.
Solid performer. I don't do measurements, since everybody seems to have different results. It provided solid performance and allowed me to stream video WTV. I had saved on my desktop machine.

I waited quite a while in the support queue and never got an operator, could be an issue for a newbie, but support on sub $50 products is all but non-exisitant these days. You do have an email option, but how are you supposed to get to that if you can't get the dongle installed.

Attention marketing folks. Save money elsewhere, mini-cd's re passe these days.

Overall a solid value, in a sea of similar performing products. As other reviewers mentioned, go with an AC baed product to future proof your purhcase as faster wi-fi is on the way and ac may be the bottom of the range in a couple of years.

Still a solid value and suggested.

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4 out of 5 eggsEasySetup, Very Stable!

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-WDN4200 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, One-Button Setup,Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Pros: Very simple to setup and works fine. Just plug in to any available USB port install the drivers and set up your WiFi credentials and you are good to go. Tested on a desktop, netbook, and laptop all running Windows 7, with a Linksys EA4500-NP AC1900 Dual Band router. I installed the driver manually, with no problem. Tested the device by manually setting up a connection, and then tested again using the WPS feature and both ways worked flawlessly.

Works perfectly on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands! Very stable connection at all times, and throughout my 2 weeks of testing I had no problems at all!

At a range of about 30 feet on the same level within my home, the signal was around 4 bars, with a connection speed that fluctuated between 300 to 450 mbps. No two networks are alike, and with any system, speeds will always vary as connections are only as good as the router and whatever may be between your router and computer such as walls and appliances.

The supplied connection utility is not needed as this device works great with windows WiFi connections settings.

When tested on my media server, it was only capable of streaming to one device at a time within my house, so I would not recommend using it on a media server of any type unless you only have one device to connect to your server with!

Cons: Even with the supplied USB cable, the range is very limited compared to using the built in WiFi adapters on both my netbook's and my laptops. No matter how high I placed the adapter I just could not pick up all the local WiFi networks available in my neighborhood that I can see with my native adapters.

Other Thoughts: Most current driver was released on 7/24/2013, and most current driver utility was released on 7/24/2013.

Windows 7 did not recognize device, driver needed to be installed manually.

The device is a bit bulky, and would probably be best used on a desktop unit when a wired connection is not readily available in my opinion.

This is definitely not the type of adapter to use for a main wireless connection for streaming from a computer/server to a bunch of machines through a network at the same time!

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