Summary: Despite the dual antennas, the range was surprisingly weak.
Pros: Comes with both a standard and low profile bracket for installing in slim cases. Also includes two small antennas that should improve range. It has the ability to use the 2.4GHz band (standard for most wireless routers) or the 5GHz, which offers less interference, since fewer wireless devices are using this band. Keep in mind, you will only get 300Mbps per band, as Newegg shows in the title.
Pros: This is a dual band PCIe card based on the Atheros AR9382 chip. Drivers are provided for Windows. Linux drivers exist for this chip and I have found this card to work under Ubuntu. It has two detachable/adjustable antennas with RP-SMA connectors so you can change/modify antennas if you wish. It comes with an optional low-profile bracket and has a status LED.
Cons: The included CD has drivers for XP, Vista, Win7. It is a mini-CD. The box advertises Win8 compatibility and the card should auto-install in Win 8. If you use the CD and install the TP-Link adapter utility in Win 8 it will install but is not compatible with windows 8. This should not affect the wireless function. SoftAP mode works only in Win7.
Summary: not many of settings to play with in the adapters settings.
Pros: Dual Antennas, Connection rate as advertized. (Pulling a solid 300Mbps), Handles all encryption protocols as advertized with no issues. speed is very smooth no spurts or speed hiccups. I run a subsonic server in my house to stream videos to other devices and it's a very stable connection.
Cons: Driver config setting limited in (*.inf) file. e.g.
Summary: The plug and play driver Windows 8.1 selects does work but it is a Qualcomm Atheros driver not TP Link, most likely they are using Qualcomm parts in this adaptor. Once installing TP Link’s driver their bundled software works but performance & signal strength appears to go down compared to the plug & play driver but the signal strength appeared to be unaffected on the 5 GHz band.
Pros: Quick start guide is very helpful and straight to the point and covers most of what may come up on initial setup for this device.
Cons: Couldn’t achieve a data rate of 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band, never exceeded 144.5 Mbps (See other thoughts).
Works perfectly, nothing to report in 5 months of use
Brian V., Newegg
21 May 2013
Pros: - As fast as it should be
Cons: Windows 8 works. However, it doesn't work very well. The speed dropped and I started getting peculiar packet loss issues (roughly 2%). Personally it works just enough, but clearly needs some drivers specifically for it.