- Selective 300Mbps on 2.4GHz or 5GHz
- Two Adjustable Antennas
- Advanced Security-WPA / WPA2
- Plug & Play for Windows 8
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Easy install and it works 03/10/2014
Easy to install, just insert the card into a PCI-e slot, attach the two industry standard antennas, and Windows 8 does the rest.
I did not install anything from the included mini CD. Windows 8 installed the Driver automatically. I used the Wireless manager built into Windows 8 to manage the Card (e.g. connect to my Router via either the 2.4 or 5.0 GHz wireless network). Just move your mouse to the lower right-hand corner of your screen.
Windows 8 indicated I connected at 300 Mbps on both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz networks. Signal strength was three of five Bars at ~50 feet through one wall.
Also see my 2/10/2013 review of this product. The card appears to be identical to the one I reviewed earlier.
The Box has been updated to show a Windows 8 Logo and Low Profile Bracket (which is now included unlike the earlier card).
Download speed is rather poor. This may not be the fault of the card (since it is lower than my earlier test, I am still investigating). My laptop runs ~12 MB/sec for both both upload and download on 2.4 GHz (laptop does not support 5.0 GHz).
I measured the following between the TL-WDN3800 adapter and a TL-WDR3600 router (to/from a Gigabit Wired PC):
- 2.4 GHz: Upload 9.1 MB/sec, Download 2.8 MB/sec
- 5.0 GHz: Upload 13.2 MB/sec, Download 4.1 MB/sec
I saw similar speeds when initiating the Tests from the Wired PC. That is, much lower transfer rate when a file is transferred towards the Wireless PC (vs. away from).
Having the option of both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz is desirable in areas with high external air-space interference.
Wireless Standards will likely shift from 802.11 a/b/g/n (a, b and g are already obsolete) to the new 802.11 ac, but this will take some time. Likely your Modem is the bottleneck on your Internet network anyway.
The TL-WDN3800 adapter is the third in a series of four TP-LINK wireless adapters (PCI Express x1) TL-WN781ND (150 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz), TL-WN881ND (300 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz), TL-WDN3800 (300 Mbps @ 2.4 or 5.0 GHz), TL-WDN4800 (450 Mbps @ 2.4 or 5.0 GHz).
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