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Cons: Frequent disconnects (as reported by 60% of the people in this review thread)
Windows 10 driver (download from the Netgear website) is dated from 2013 and it is the same driver they use for Windows XP
Netgear support is useless in resolving this issue (for me)
Other Thoughts: Congrats to the few that got this working on Win 10 without any issues; however, if you want to end up with frequent disconnects (like me), then buy it. Otherwise, my advice is to look elsewhere. Unfortunately, I don't want to go through the return hassle so I'm just going to dump it in the trash. Also, I hope Newegg decides to stop selling this outdated and unsupported product immediately.READ FULL REVIEW
This device is Win 10 compatible.
It offers 5G 802.11n and 802.11ac connectivity and they both work.
It has a tiny footprint so no need to remove from laptop.
It does not overheat – it just feels slightly warm
It does not offer 2.4G connectivity (not a con for me though)
You must go to the TP-Link website to get the latest Win 10 driver
Other Thoughts: -
Now for the my test configuration and results:
Desktop hard-wired to 802.11n/802.11ac capable router
Laptop with new Tp-Link T1U network adapter wirelessly connected to router
Note: Paying for Comcast Blast service (150 Mbps down/10 Mbps up)
Desktop hard-wired – getting a steady 180/12
Laptop using my old 2.4g 802.11n adapter: 50-75/12
Laptop using the new TP-Link with a 5G 802.11n connection: 65-115/12
Laptop using the new TP-Link with a 5G 802.11ac connection 65-115/12
Results: Slightly improved throughput (over the old 2.4G adapter) but no difference between the 802.11n and the 802.11ac connection speeds. Why? Because the bottleneck is always the ISP maximum speed minus the wireless overhead. So, if you are paying for 5 Mbps down, don't expect the adapter to go any faster than that speed. In summary, my results look about right with all things considered.
BTW, here's how I know the 802.11ac worked. I set my router to only accept 802.11ac connections and the TP Link kept working. Now, just to confirm it was working on 802.11ac, I went and tried to fire up my Xbox One (which can only connect to 5G 802.11n) and wallah, It would not connect; however, when I threw my router back to the 802.11n/802.11ac setting, the Xbox One connected just fine.
And finally, it should be noted that my laptop never reported an 802.11ac connection but it was definitely there as confirmed by my testing. Now, based on everything I've read, I don't believe Windows 10 has the capability to report an 802.11ac connection properly (yet) because I have been unable to find anyone that can confirm they have received such an acknowledgement when they have queried the connection status via a netsh command. In summary, I definitely had a working 802.11ac connection to my router and Windows 10 was still showing it as an 802.11n connection. Go figure....
Cheers and good luck!
Very good 5G throughput from a distance of 30 feet; possibly through 1 or 2 walls (Xbox One)
Good 2.4G throughput from a distance of 10 feet; no walls (older laptop)
Update firmware (dated 05/31/2016) is available
Router does not function as a hardwae firewall
A comprehensive user's manual (to explain all the options) is not available
Admin interface seems outdated but works OK
Support may be limited via a customer service rep
Couldn't find a documented RMA process (if needed)
Other Thoughts: -
This was a birthday gift so I have no complaints. This router seems to be adequate for my purposes but do your own homework before making any purchase decisions. Anyway, I am paying for Comcast 105/10 Mbps service and here's my new throughput stats using this new router (see my config above):
Hard wired from desktop: 130/12 Mbps
5G (802.11n) from Xbox One: 100/12 Mbps
2.4G (802.11n) from older laptop: 68/12 Mbps
Note: All reading are peak throughput measurements checked at speedtest.net
Good luck and cheers!