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Pros: Low price, Gigabit ethernet, PCI-express
Cons: Drivers from the TP-Link website are bad. I installed the card on Windows XP with the mfr-provided drivers, and large files would not transfer over the network. Any file over 50MB or so would just fail. Also the fail would result in network hang-up for 30 seconds approx.
Realtek drivers fixed that problem. See Other...
Overall Review: Get the drivers for this card from REALTEK not TP-Link.
use the googles or whatnot and get the RTL8168 driver from Realtek. My card was a TG-3468 v2 which has the RTL8168 chip. If you're not sure, get a magnifying glass and look at the small chip in the center of the board. Mine said RTL8168.
The Realtek drivers for Windows cured my large-file transfer problem. I was able to successfully transfer multi-gigabyte files, but with the TP-Link drivers I could not copy a 200MB file.
Pros: Price point
Works great under most normal configurations, as long as it's not bound to a Hyper-V virtual switch. (-1 egg)
Cons: Incompatible with Server 2012 Hyper-V Virtual Switches. (See Other)
Overall Review: Under normal configurations this NIC performs as a NIC should. However when you try to configure this device with Hyper-V to include a Virtual Switch it will cause the system to BSOD as soon as you apply the configuration. I have had this happen every time I have tested it on a Dell 2950 Gen III as well as a Dell R910. The default NIC's for these servers (Intel) work perfectly when setup for V switching. This guy nope, same results every time.
***Please Note: This NIC is not defective, everything else works fine with it, including binding it to VmWare ESXI and Oracle Virtualbox. -Strange
Pros: 1. No driver needed on Linux. Just worked. Did not test on Win 8, but should be no problem according to other reviews (No need to test).
2. Fast. Did a 1.5GB sftp file transfer. The other Linux box uses an Intel PCIe gigabit card. 101+MB/s. Nothing to complain.
3. Small, easy to install.
Cons: Not free.
Overall Review: My on-board gigabit card is much slower on Win 8, and does not work under Linux.
I received this card only one hour ago. I usually do not write reviews. I cannot help do it for this card.
Pros: -works on linux
Pros: Short bracket made installation very easy. Nice looking card. This card works fine in the x16 PCI-e slot. I had no available x1 slots available. Hope this info is of some help to others.
Cons: None so far. You must use the driver on the disc for Vista 64. Microsoft automatically installs it's driver and their driver fails. Little extra tech skill needed to override the Microsoft driver and use the correct driver found on the included disc.
Overall Review: Very pleased I bought this card. I needed the short bracket, and planned on cutting and bending the tall one.
Nice surprise a short bracket was included!!!
Thank you TP-Link.
Pros: Great price, simple install and good performance.
Cons: Win7 or 8.1couldn't locate any drivers. Installing from the software works fine but kind of a pain. Have two systems, one with Win 7 and Ubuntu Studio 14.04. The other with Win 8.1 and Ubuntu 15.04. Only the Windows needed the driver installed. Linux of course booted up, set em' up and worked. No eggs deducted.
Pros: I snapped it in and it works. Works in Linux (Kernel 3.x+), Mac OS 10.9+, OpenBSD, FreeBSD. I am pretty sure it works in Windows, but haven't tested it myself.
Cons: Not so far.
Pros: - Works in Linux
- Plug and play
- Low-profile bracket
Cons: - The low-profile bracket seemed ever-so-slightly bent and wouldn't fit into my computer, this is very minor
Overall Review: Definitely consider this if you're looking for a network card for a Linux machine