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TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Better-than-average wifi reception.

Cons: Like nearly all USB wireless, heat and time will eventually kill it.

Other Thoughts: I'm on my second 722N and as I type this that second one is beginning the long, downward spiral to eventual uselessness. The first lasted about two years as my primary NIC. The second has only managed around six months.

Heat is the enemy of these USB cards. The problems manifest themselves as occasionally slow performance. Occasionally the card will lose its connection the router, but a reboot or disabling/enabling the card fixes it temporarily.

Interestingly enough, I removed the plastic case and I got better coverage, but it didn't help much with the heat-related performance issues.

Just know that you're buying a disposable card. If it's for occasional use you will probably get a few years out of it. If it's your main interface, not so much.

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MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *IF* if worked, it would have been packed with a nice set of features and outputs.

Cons: ...*BUT* it doesn't. Either it's DOA or I'm yet another victim of the supposed FX 8-core support that, as has been reported by others, is either poor or prone to catastrophic failure, often taking the CPU with it. Even if I got a replacement, I'd be stupid to risk a $200 chip in a $80 motherboard, and forget overclocking, so the $50 I spent on an aftermarket HSF is also wasted.

Other Thoughts: All they had to do was state the boards didn't support FX series and offer a coupon or something to people who already purchased, but they took the lying route. Now I'm in a position where I have a CPU (FX-8350) that may or may not be dead with no practical way to test it as a result of this awful board. I'm going to try and return both the CPU and Motherboard, purchase a new CPU and never buy a MSI Product again. Thanks for wasting 10 hours of my life testing and troubleshooting your worthless product.

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TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter, 150Mbps, w/4 dBi High Gain Detachable Antenna, IEEE 802.11b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Solid USB wireless with an external antenna.

- Antenna can be replaced with a higher gain for even better performance

- Good for cantenna builds

Cons: A possible Con of this unit is that when my system is under heavy load, such as gaming, or there are other 'hungry' devices attached to the USB, such as my TV Tuner, the wireless will shut down. I have to reset it (repair) to get it to function again. This is annoying when I kick off a Steam download and then play a game for a few hours, only to exit the game and realize there was no download progress.

I say this is a "possible Con" because the issue could be the fault of my motherboard's USB controller and nothing to do with this stick.

Another issue, or rather, a caution, is that if you handle this stick a lot (that sounded dirty, I know), meaning unplug/replug, move it between computers frequently, etc. the antenna connection may wear out. Mine gets moved around a fair bit and I have to lightly hammer down at the antenna joint these days or the performance drops.

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Jonathan O.'s Profile

Display Name: Jonathan O.

Date Joined: 11/23/04

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 11/27/12
  • Last Review: 06/18/14
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