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Pros: - Form factor: this PCI express adapter doesn't take up as make space in your tower as a regular PCI addapter would.
- Comes with a low profile adapter plate: adapts this card to all sorts of applications (comes in handy).
- Ease of install: used the install disk just to install the drivers. If installing on an x64 system, the installer refrains from installing the config utility... which I've had issues with in the past with older TP-Link wireless network cards.
- Signal / Network acquisition: When using an older TP-Link 2.4ghz card with my system in the basement, I was only able to acquire a "so-so" network signal from my router (located directly above my system in the living room on the first floor).
NOW, with this new TP-Link 5ghz wireless network card, I can acquire a stronger signal and also pickup other networks in my immediate area (good to see what networks are around you, so you can choose a good channel to broadcast your network on).
Cons: None so far!
Pros: Actually ends up working very well with Ubuntu
Cons: None to speak of.
Overall Review: In a previous review, I noted that this card doesn't play nice with Ubuntu, and was giving extremely slow connection speeds. Here is how I got it working marvelously with the ath9k drivers:
In terminal, type:
sudo -s gksu gedit /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf
Then in the text file that opens, add the following line:
options ath9k nohwcrypt=1
Save the file, close it, and reboot. Connection speeds should be good now.
For Windows 7, get the latest drivers at:
http://www.atheros.cz/atheros-wireless-drivers.php (select the AR9380 chipset)
Pros: I recently pieced together my first gaming rig and, suprisingly, the one thing I couldn't get right was a decent USB wireless adapter. I tried different models and had problems ranging from very weak signals to issues of adapters not initializing on Windows boot. In desperation, I searched online for a PCI solution, hoping to find one that ran at at least 400 mbps. That's when I stumbled on this product. I never heard of TP-Link, but decided to purchase their PCI wireless card from a large well-known electronics store in So. Cal. It was very easy to insall and, more importantly, I can honestly say I have all bars lit up for the first time and the speed is absolutely AMAZING. It also works everytime I reboot Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I don't usually post reviews, and I see that this product isn't yet available on Newegg, but I feel duty bound to save people in my situation the hassle I went through.
Pros: I have owned this wireless adapter for over a year now and I had to comment on how awesome it has performed.
As an FYI - I did not install the software or drivers that came with it I let W7/W8 locate and install the drivers (used on both OSs since I upgraded to W8.)
I am on the second floor of my home and the wireless router is in the basement on the opposite side of the house. I would estimate I'm about 150 ft from the router going through 2 floors and several walls. I have absolutely full bars 100% of the time.
I get the exact same speeds hard-wired as I do on the WiFi network. I'm getting 77 Mbps down and 39 Mbps up on wifi and within .5 Mbps of the same on the hardline. Ping is 14ms on wifi and 8ms on the hard-line.
For those having issues I would suggest the following:
1. Make sure your Wireless Router has the specs to back up this adapter!
2. Do not install the software bundle or drivers included (or on their site) let windows install them.
3. Be sure that your wireless router is Properly Configured!!
In order to take advantage of full Wireless-N speeds there are certain settings you must configure in the router. For example, you MUST use WPA2 or AES encryption to take advantage of N. WMM MUST be enabled in order to get rates faster than 54 Mbps.
If you want more info on how to fix your Wireless N search "Ways To Fix Slow 802.11n Speed"
I'm willing to bet that everyone complaining about speed and signal strength is suffering from poor routers or misconfiguration.
Pros: -Easy to set up in both Windows 7 and OSX Snow Leopard and Lion
-Recognizes as Airport Extreme in both OSX SL and Lion
Cons: -None So far
Overall Review: I decided to build a Hackintosh using my current PC:
Asus P8Z69-V/Gen 3
Gigabyte Radeon 6850
All I was missing was a OSX compatible Wifi card that can also be used in windows. Bought this, Plug and Play in OSX and an easy driver install in Windows 7. Pure awesomeness
Pros: Installation was straight forward and simple. I installed it in just minutes. No hassles, and it is fast. I installed it on Windows 7/64bit Home Premium.
I have tried other 5 GHZ options (USB connected devices) and they connected OK at max speed but were slow. I am able to connect at the max speed my network will handle at 300 Mbps. Sharing and transfers between my PC's are blazing fast and smooth. No pauses or hiccups. The max theoretical transfer speed between my PC's is 100 Mbps, due to Ethernet port limitation, and it uses every bit, which is about 12 MB per second.
Cons: Says it connected at 450 Mbps, which is not possible with my 300 Mbps router. I would like to see the actual connect speed.
Overall Review: I was using a Netgear 5 GHZ bridge to access my Netgear dual band 300 Mbps wireless router. It worked well but wanted something that would be just as fast and work on the 5 GHZ network. I had tried a couple of USB options, but actual performance was disappointing. Well, this card exceeded my expectations. Not only does it do file transfers fast, but I noticed a significant improvement in browsing pictures between my PC's.
Pros: I purchased this adapter because of the glowing reviews on here and another website. I had read that there are issues if you install this while running Windows 8 and running the manufacturer's drivers. I e-mailed TP-LINK's support and I was told that Windows 8 does indeed have its own drivers for it. Bought the adapter and installed easily. First boot up, long period of black screen then BSOD. Second boot up, started up normally, automatically saw all available wireless networks nearby. I connected it to my 5GHz network (I was afraid it wouldn't see it because of the missing manufacturer's drivers) and it's been running flawlessly ever since. I used to run an Ethernet cable running at 100 Mbps and this adapter is a solid improvement. With the cable my downloads with peak at about 1.1 Mbps and with the wireless adapter my speeds peak at 1.5 Mbps (my internet speed is rated at 10 Mbps down).
I love this wireless adapter! I highly recommend it!
Cons: Would like to see some official drivers for it, but that's not really a con.
Pros: Best chipset for Linux hands-down. Constant 300-450Mb/s connection.
Cons: A few weird stuttering issues when transferring video over the link, to be expected--it's wireless.