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4 out of 5 eggs First One Was Not Long Lived, Replacement Card Works Great 06/16/2016

This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Support Windows 10 with New Driver Update

Pros: Update 6/16/16:
The replacement card has worked perfectly, and I always get at least 877.5mbps and often 1.0 - 1.3GB in a second floor room where the signal has to go through a wall and a floor. It connects and stays connected which is what I would expect. I bought my adapter and was not provided it for review, and though the first one went bad, this one has been working very well for the last 3 months I have it in a Win 7 computer currently, but will be upgrading to Win 10 in a week and don't expect that will adversely affect the solid performance that I have been enjoying with this replacement card. I have a Netgear AC1750 (R6400-100) wireless router and there are no problems with either.

Update 3/13/16:

Finally received a replacement card after dealing with Support for 5 weeks, just too long. The replacement card is working perfectly and they sent a new one rather than a refurb unit which was nice. This new card connects between 877Mbps and 1.1Gbps on the 5GHz band and that's in an upstairs bedroom. Just hope this card continues working for years, and I will be upgrading to Win 10 soon, but don't anticipate any problems as there are drivers for Win 10 on the web site.
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Hard to say since the card only worked for just over a month and then started slowing downing and dropping connections and would only connect at low rates. Anything I did like going to a new page on a website would drop connection speed down to 1.5Mbps sometimes and screen loads were very long. Streaming became impossible by the 5th week. I got this from another major online source and it was just past the 30 day window to return so now I have been dealing with support. I was promised an RMA in one business day last week and it hasn't happened yet and I then received an automated email from support saying they have closed out the case which leaves me thinking they aren't going to issue the RMA because they closed out the issue before doing anything more than some emails with me. Resolution of an issue should happen when the customer has received the replacement and is satisfied with it.

Cons: Bought this to replace a TL-WDN4800 card that is 3 years old and is what I am using now until (or if) I get a replacement card. The older card works perfectly and maxes out and holds at 450Mbps where the T8E never connected at that speed even when it worked initially. I only bought this one because I have an AC router and wanted to get faster speeds and also because the old card isn't supported in Windows 10 which I plan on updating to in the near future.

Other Thoughts: There are a number of positive reviews, however most are from folks who didn't pay for them and while many of the critical reviews are from folks who actually bought their cards. Any manufacturer can have some failures, but how well they handle those problems tells a lot about them. I have 4 other TP-Link adapters and they all worked well and this is the only one that didn't live up to expectations. Hoping that TP-Link will provide me with a replacement card that will perform up to advertised capabilities. Time will tell.

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5 out of 5 eggs Norton Security Works Well 03/29/2016

This review is from: Symantec Norton Security with Antivirus Deluxe - 5 Devices

Pros: I have used Norton Security for a while now and find that it works well and doesn't eat up a lot of resources. It does a good job scanning any executables, and their anit-spam feature for my email generally works well and is pretty accurate. Whenever they do testing of Anti-Virus products Norton is always mentioned, and I like the included features better that some others.

Cons: None except renewing the license could be more straightforward.

Other Thoughts: I bought this disk-less upgrade a couple of months ago to renew my current subscription, but held onto it as Norton doesn't make it easy to "renew" early and just add 365 days onto however many days you had left on your current subscription. I waited until the last day to renew 5 systems, and on 2 of the five it wouldn't just update the subscription time, I had to download the complete install and go through an initial install. Two other systems actually accepted that I wasn't buying their over priced online renewal directly from them and allowed me to provide the key and it updated my license subscription without any issues, and one of those was a Windows 10 laptop. On one Windows 7 system it would not accept the Key even though I triple checked it with the card from the box and it was the one that had worked on the other 4 boxes. I had to get in touch with support and they did something behind the scenes that enabled it to accept the very same key string that I had pasted previously. Not sure what they did and when I asked the answer was purposely vague. Other than that little glitch it looks like am set for another year, and in all the years that I have had Norton Anti-Virus I have never had an infection or anything that it didn't detect and clean up before any harm was done, and isn't that why you get anti-virus in the first place? Have had McAfee before and find that it is more intrusive with everyday functions, though I never got infected with that running either.

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Pros: I have had one of these for a while now and it works great for attaching a 2.5" drive up to a USB port. If you have a bootable drive and your PC supports USB booting, then you could boot off of this. Well built cable that just works. I don't use it on a full time basis to have an extra drive connected to the PC as care should be taken whenever you have a bare exposed drive. This is a great way to clone a drive, especially when your laptop doesn't have a 2nd drive bay.

Cons: None, it has always worked.

Other Thoughts: It works well and is a handy cable to have when building or expanding a system. Would recommend this over an external enclosure for a permanently connected drive, but is great for cloning your existing laptop drive to a new drive.

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Display Name: David E.

Date Joined: 04/11/07

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