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TP-Link Archer T2UH AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Well packaged although you could argue the box is a bit big given the size of the contents, very robust , installed automatically with default drivers (see other thoughts), good to excellent signal strength through hardwood floor. Good reception on 2.4GHz and 5 GHz band. Extension USB cable M-F included.

Cons: Dongle size plus antenna. This is a very large USB dongle reminds me of the old Linksys WUSB100 in physical size, a cradle may have been a better option than the extension cable.

Other Thoughts: I installed this on my i7 quad core Windows 8.1 laptop to see how it performed compared to the Broadcom BCM4352HMB 802.11ac that is installed internally in this laptop. The physical install was as easy as USB can be, this laptop has no USB 2.0 sockets so it had to be plugged into a USB 3 port. The Adapter is USB 2.0 so this wasn't an issue. The dongle juts out about 2.5” from the side of the laptop and then the antenna sticks up about 4” from this. When initially installed it wouldn't detect my ac router signal and instead I had to connect to wireless n, this allowed me to go to the TP-Link website and download the driver, this laptop has no optical drive so I couldn't use the included driver disk. As soon as the downloaded driver was installed the ac router signal became available and I was able to connect to it with minimal fuss. The laptop was in my living room during the tests and my dual band AC router is in the basement about 12 feet away through a hardwood floor. With a dual band n router I was able to get circa 8 MB/s, this improved to a consistent 25 MB/s with a dual band ac router, in both directions. I used a 2 GB iso file to conduct these tests as a straight copy from SSD to SSD. These numbers were almost identical to what I see on a regular basis using the inbuilt Broadcom adapter. I will say that the file transfer rate fluctuated very little with the TP-Link AC600 whereas there was a fair amount of fluctuation with the Broadcom, overall this didn't seem to noticeably affect transfer times on either adapter. The signal strength meter on the TP-Link was consistently maxxed out whereas with the Broadcom I would usually get 4/5, again this didn't seem to affect transfer rates. Adjusting the orientation of the antenna didn’t seem to affect the signal strength although the effect on transfer rate could be seen and in the worst case brought it down to just under 18 MB/s. doubling the distance to the router and adding an intervening wooden wall dropped the transfer rate to about 15 MB/s and this was the case for both Wi-Fi adapters, it also dropped the signal strength to 3 bars on both adapters. Out of curiosity I plugged this into a MacBook Air, TP-Link provide no drivers for this and don’t stipulate it as a supported platform, just as well as it didn't work, nothing nada not even a glimmer of recognition from the Mac.

This would be the ideal solution for those of us with a laptop with an old internal Wi-Fi adapter that can’t be upgraded or a desktop which is inaccessible in terms of wired Ethernet. Transfer rates are great at fairly close range rapidly diminishing the further you get from the router, not a function of the adapter but of the standard. Certainly good enough for file transfer and streaming modest to large files at a reasonable price. 5 eggs.

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Fosmon Micro HDMI to HDMI (M/M) High-Speed Cable with Ethernet and Gold-Plated Connectors for Asus Transformer TF300 Prime - (6FT)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Reasonably priced

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Bought to be used with a Kingsing W8 tablet. works very well with this.

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Duracell 60 AA + 20 AAA Copper Top Alkaline Duralock Batteries
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Low Price

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Batteries are all well within shelf life date and are genuine Duracells.

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Date Joined: 01/21/04

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