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This review is from: TP-LINK Archer T8E AC1750 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express Up to 1.3Gbps Wireless Data Rates
Pros: Speed is great over my home network and internet. My card negotiated at 350mbps to my AC router (no complaints there) and hits just a tad over 200 mbps on both uploads and downloads. Moving files on my network is just about as fast as over a wired connection so it’s basically down to disk I/O limitations of my NAS.
Card is relatively compact and installation next to my heatsink/graphics cards was tight but manageable.
For what it’s worth, it looks pretty spiffy for a wireless card with the nice flat black heatsink. While on the matter of the heatsink, it’s pretty beefy and basically covers the whole card. It’s also worth noting that it is thin enough to still fit within the confines of a single slot without interfering with neighboring cards.
Nice of TP-Link to include a driver CD, but I opted to just download the latest version directly from their website and install it that way.
The included wireless utility is easy enough to work even for a beginner. However, I don’t really feel that it is needed. Which brings me to my next point. You can download the bare driver from TP-Link and just install the driver. It works just as well as the entire software suite minus the redundant information you already get from the integrated Windows utility. For this, I thank TP-Link greatly.
Also included in the box is a step by step guide on installing the card in your computer. It’s probably not necessary for most people these days but I think it’s a nice touch for those who are new to installing components in a computer.
I have two APs in my house. One TP-Link Archer C2 router running as an AP in my office and the router from Google Fiber down in the basement. As seen down in other thoughts, I get great speed over wireless here. The router on my desk is detected at full signal strength and the one in the basement is about 87%. So far, this card has performed very well, though I cannot yet account for overall reliability.
If I experience a premature failure I will write another review.
Cons: If you are opting for just a standalone driver, TP-Link offers them sans .exe file. Not much of an issue really, but it can catch some folks off guard. It’s also worth noting that this card is not automatically detected/installed by windows of any version and requires a manual installation either with the full blown utility or through device manager using the standalone driver.
The wireless utility itself has a weird way of treating multiple APs on the same network. It splits them into each separate AP running on a different channel and makes you pick from one. One of the reasons I would personally opt to forego it altogether.
I know that the three antennas are necessary, but they really clutter things up. I find myself almost wishing they provided antennas with wire leads on them just to get them out of the way.
Other Thoughts: Obviously, the price is high. However, that's the price you pay for a decent wireless AC card really. Over the years, I've had a lot of wireless cards, most of which were cheap. None of the cheap stuff tends to last very long. Take it for what you will. I haven't the slightest idea of how long this card will last but I hope what I've seen so far is a good indication.
Tested on a TP-Link Archer C2 AC750 router over Google Fiber ISP
208.5825 Mbps average Download speed over 4 runs
206.5025 Mbps average Upload speed over 4 runs
Pros: I like the look and the compact size. Data transfer speeds are really decent.
I've got a 1TB WD Red drive in there and it works really well.
Cons: The plastic end caps are cheap and I stripped one of the screws out when installing the HDD. I didn't use a lot of pressure and the head just mangled almost instantly.
I swapped out the screws with more substantial ones and used a little electrical tape for good measure.
It still does what I need it for, it just isn't very pretty any more.
Other Thoughts: I carry this in my bad every day to migrate users to and from computers when we swap them out. I like the USB3 speeds for that purpose as all of our computers in the company now have USB3.0 ports on them. With my WD Red drive, it's about 90MB/s read and write. Fast enough for the application I'm using it for.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: StarTech MCSATAF12S 12" Micro SATA to SATA with SATA Power Adapter Cable
Pros: Does what I needed it for. Build quality is good enough.
Cons: Feels a bit expensive but I needed a funky adapter so you know, it is what it is.
Other Thoughts: I bought this to use an Intel mini SSD from an HP EliteBook in another computer. Worked like a charm and saved me some cash so I can't complain. Still, the price is high.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Justin E.
Date Joined: 12/15/04
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