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Pros: Feels very high quality, compatible with major AC router speeds, antennas are nice
Cons: If you don't have a CD drive, download the drivers to a USB stick
Other Thoughts: I really like TP-Link network products, they seem to offer great quality products at reasonable prices. This monster of a wireless card has a pretty heavy duty heatsink, it actually enhances the premium look of the product but don't be fooled! The heatsink isn't window dressing- it does get warm!
Performance wise, it is able to talk to my router and max out my internet connection of 120Mbps on 5GHz. 110Mbps on 2.4GHz. I have stutter free 4k video streaming from the internet and the ping times from FPS games are decent and nothing out of the ordinary. Interestingly, one of the driver options mentions beamforming.
As stated in the cons section- Windows 10 does not include native drivers for this card. We've become VERY spoiled with built in driver support over the years... but if your computer does not have a CD drive, you will need to download the drivers beforehand or on a usb stick from another computer. There are nothing wrong with the drivers- and the drivers work well.
Nothing too spectacular- open up your case, install the card and antenna, install the drivers, and you're up and running. TP-Link doesn't bother you with their own special wireless software like some other manufacturers do. They keep things simple and functional. At the end of the day, isn't that what users want? I recommend this product if you're trying to free your (or a) desktop from as much wires as possible.
Pros: Sleek design, great range, easy to use router interface, router works well on both wifi bands, integrated USB print server, beamforming (yes this is a big deal)
Cons: Router is lightweight (see other comments), the power plug is HUGE and can sag or take up a lot of space
Other Thoughts: I've always been very impressed at the quality of TP-Link products. I have really not had one single problem with them and this product is no exception. Very easy to set up. Plug in your internet cable and any other wired ethernet cables, then log in with the provided wifi password or via ethernet. Change the SSID and password to your liking and you're up and running.
A common feature found on high midrange routers and above is beamforming technology. This is a big deal- without beamforming you will get dead spots in your home or weak areas but this feature allows the router to focus a signal to your devices, increasing signal strength. A room that may have had 2-3 bars and 10Mbps may find itself getting 4-5 bars and 60-70! So it is very nice that this router supports this feature. It's obviously not going to be a miracle worker- it won't help with thick walls, etc. but it does help.
TP-Link has a pretty slick print server feature via USB. You can take any inkjet or USB printer you have and plug it into this machine and centralize your printing. No need to run to someone in your family to get you to print something. I have set this up for another family member and it works flawlessly. You do need to play with it because you need to install the printer drivers first and then the TP-Link software. But it does work well.
Performance seems to be good, I have about 7 wireless devices and 3 wired devices connected to it. I know I can definitely max out my internet connection (120Mbps). On 5GHz I'll get the full 120, but on 2.4 I'll "only get" 110Mbps. Respectable numbers. My internet connection, computer, and this router can handle 4k video streams from the internet well.
TP-Link has one of the cleanest router interfaces. While advanced doesn't expose too many crazy features found on premium high end routers, it still gives you a lot of room to work with. I don't think the average user will have a hard time navigating and configuring this router. It's definitely not overwhelming. There are also help tabs that are ACTUALLY USEFUL. I've seen some routers with terrible help. For example, they will say "DNS means DNS"- definitely not the case with the help provided here.
While plugging the hardware in I am disappointed in a few minor things that don't impact the function of the router. It's VERY lightweight. This means that if you're like me and have all ethernet ports plugged in, they can push the router and knock it over. So make sure the wifi cables are straightened out instead of bunched up. Also, the power adapter is huge and unfortunately the prongs are in the huge adapter. This means it will easily take up 2 spaces on a power strip- perhaps even 3 if they're not spaced adequately. In my experience, huge adapters like this also have the potential to sag a bit.
Some minor design inconveniences, but this is a very solid router from TP-Link. If you're looking for a basic, reliable, and very high quality router, I think this will suit you just fine.
Pros: Cheap and reliable, cheaper than a single desktop DDR3 stick??
Other Thoughts: A basic, no frills RAM stick for laptops or mini ITX systems that take laptop sticks. Works well and that's all I care about!READ FULL REVIEW