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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: Small size and easy install.
PCIe x1 interface for desktop systems
3T3R MIMO technology means 3 radios and 3 external antennas for faster connections.
Dual-band for operation with ac wireless routers as well as a, n, g, and b equipment as well
Cons: No serious cons noted. A minor irritation is no automatic driver download and install, but the install is fast and easy from the included resource CD. The driver can also be downloaded online.
Other Thoughts: For the purposes of testing, I tested this unit alongside TP-Link's AC1200 USB adapter.
When both units are in the same room with the router, they both connect on the 5 GHz band at the maximum speed provided by my router, 877 Mbps.
When the adapter and the router are four rooms away from each other, the difference provided by the antennas really shines through: while the USB adapter's connection speed drops to 290 Mbps, the AC1750 is still connected at 877 Mbps with occasional drops to 700 Mbps. Given the number of walls in between, that is impressive.
On the 2.4 GHz band, the desktop adapter can connect at 450 Mbps, where the USB adapter is hardware-limited to 300 Mbps. Both adapters hold their maximum connection speed on the 2.4 GHz band for the entire length of my house.
Conclusion: if you need to connect a desktop system with an available PCIe x 1 slot to an AC wireless network, this adapter is capable of giving you maximum speeds with very impressive range.
While this adapter is not inexpensive, the flexibility it gives you in placing your computer anywhere in your home without having to run wires or sacrifice bandwidth earns this adapter its five star rating. For its capabilities, I find its price quite reasonable.
Pros: Supplemental review--I have recently set up a more complex home network to accommodate a piece of legacy hardware that wants a specific IP to function.
This involved changing the IP of the router to a different subnet. I attempted to change the DHCP pool first, but the router detected they weren't in the current subnet and refused.
So I changed the IP, rebooted the router, and hoped I'd still be able to communicate with it when it came back up.
I discovered that when you change the IP to a different subnet, the router will automatically change its DHCP pool to pull from the new subnet. Very nice!--stops you from painting yourself in a corner.
Cons: None noted--I've really enjoyed this piece of equipment.
I could wish for a USB 3 port though.
Other Thoughts: Great router and a tremendous value at its price point.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice appearance if somewhat large. Glossy black finish.
Fast AC adapter connects at up to 867 Mbps on the 5 Ghz band.
Has USB version 3 connector and included USB3 extension cable. USB v3 is the current standard and should be the default version on all quality networking equipment going forward.
Works well--no issues noted.
Cons: Large adapter could potentially block access to a neighboring USB port on a laptop; it does include an extension cable which could help in this circumstance.
The glossy black finish isn't a big deal to me either way but it is a magnet for fingerprints and dust.
Adapter runs somewhat warm, so expect it to have an impact on a notebook's battery life.
Lackluster 300 Mbps performance on the 2.4 Ghz band and on legacy 'N' routers on both bands.
Other Thoughts: This is a great AC-class adapter, but the very nature of AC limits its usefulness. If you are in the room with your router, then you will enjoy a very fast connection. As you move further away and put walls between the adapter and the router, the connection speed quickly falls. During testing as I moved three rooms away from the router, the connection that began at 867 Mbps quickly fell to 292 Mbps, slower than the 2.4 Ghz band.
If you are going to be any length at all from the router, or if you are going to be moving around, you may well do better to go for a solid 300 Mbps connection on the 2.4 Ghz band.
And here is where the adapter lost one star; the TP-Link N900 'N'-class adapter can hold a 450 Mbps connection in that circumstance, making it the better adapter for anything more than one room away from the router.
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