Summary: If you need a wireless adapter card thats PCI Express x1, b,g,n signal and want it Plug-n-Play compliant then this is a great card at a nice price.
Pros: The biggest pro for me is that I didn't have to install drivers from TP-Links website or from the mini-CD. I installed the card, turned on the computer and Windows 7 took care of the rest and I was up and running in maybe a minute so totally Plug-n-Play compliant. I used this card to mainly transmit youtube video and netflix from my computer to one of those google chrome dongles on my non-smart television. It's worked flawless for that task. It does a nice job and I d...
Cons: Zero - nada. I just can't think of anything bad about this card. It worked flawlessly, the signal strength was fine and that's about it.
Summary: Overall, I don’t like devices that place the antennae behind steel and under the power supply. It’s just not a good idea. These obvious can support remote hookups and antenna extension cables but it doesn’t come with them. A USB-based solution or PCI-E card with external antenna extension cable and base mount included are a lot better. This is a pretty well made card and it got okay signal despite that, especially with dual antennae, so it’s still a very nice product.
Pros: The physical installation was very simple. The metal on the PCI card was machined very well, as were the gold contacts, so there was no bending or metal shaving to worry about when sliding it into the case. The antennae weighed quite a bit, which is always a good sign. They seem study as well. The card itself fit tightly into the PCI-E slot, which is a refreshing change from other devices that sit loosely in the relatively small 1x slot and occasionally disconnect.
Cons: Doing a ping test resulted in moderate results, about average lost and delayed counts for wireless. I had several laptops and wireless desktops operating on the same router and they all had perfect ping times so this particular adapter is just slightly below average but the amount of packet delay would barely be noticeable while web surfing. Due to the manufacturer’s good reputation, the good signal strength, and flawless driver installation, I would still recommend t...
Summary: It may have a high connection speed of 300Mb/s but that's useless when its signal strength is terrible. On my Gaming PC (which this card was installed in) i could get a max signal strength of 30% (1-2 bars or no connection at all), my older laptop which is in the same room gets a signal strength of 80-100% (full bars). I even placed the laptop on top of my Gaming PC and it still got full bars.
Summary: To test this card I pulled my TP-Link TL-WDN3800 (NeweggSKU: N82E16833704162) and, naturally, it wasn't as fast. But it was intended for a different user base as well. If you only have a 2.4GHz (non-dual band) network then it's no question that this card will be perfect for your network, assuming you don't want to get a cheap $10 USB adapter.
Pros: - Biggest pro (probably only for nerds): supports HostAP! ('hostapd' in linux.)
Cons: - THIS IS NOT A CON AT THIS PRICE POINT, but this card is only 2.4GHz. At $18 you can't beat an internal card with this quality and with these features but if you can afford $10 more then the TP-Link's WDN3800 is dual-band and equally as great of a card.
Summary: For the price, this adapter is very good. My preference is usually to just use USB wireless adapters, but the signal strength is definitely stronger with this than most USB adapters I have used, so it has earned a permanent home in my office server!
Pros: Signal strength is excellent; stronger than my 300 Mbps USB adapter I was using previously.
Cons: No 5 GHz support. The 2.4 GHz band can get kind of cluttered and it would be nice to see 5 GHz supported.
Summary: Installed card, loaded newest driver from TP-Link website for Windows 7, 64 bit. Did not use the CD.
Pros: The card works, albeit, poorly.
Cons: Tested with the computer 10 feet from the router, got 5 bar signal. The best speeds attained were 35 down/ 15 up (Mb/s). One room away, the signal drops to 3 bars and speed drops to 15 down/ 5 up. We have a wireless laptop and an Ipad used in areas farther away and they both average 40 Mb/s down and 20 up.