Summary: I ordered two of these handy little cards and it was a 50/50 shot I guess. One worked one didn't. The one that did was in a Asus gaming rig and it worked right out if the box. It is running windows 10. The other machine is an evga mobo. It saw the card but couldn't find the drivers and the disck didn't work. And at 15 bucks its both worth a return. I'm sure its a bios issue but I'm not confident to update my bios. But the one that did work is just as fast as a hard line.
Summary: For most people I don't think it's worth buying a WiFi card with any higher speeds as this one is very speedy. Now I still am stuck with DSL so with pretty much any device I use, including my Nexus 7 or One M8, I have to sit around waiting for a couple seconds for my webpage to load, but with this it's instantaneous. Even my download speeds of my computer are surprisingly fast than my other devices.
Pros: Works as any wireless adapter should. Heck it even outperformed my desktop that was a directly wired to my router in both upload and download speeds (while in the same room as the wireless router mind you). I have had not had any issues with setup or performance to date.
Summary: Not the best wireless receiver around, I would get one with multiple antennae seeing as i'm like 10-15 feet from the router through a wall I Don;t always get a great signal and that's an issue from so close.
Summary: Very pleased with this card! I had some trouble getting it working... I'm running Windows 8.1 and there's no drivers specifically for Windows 8. Simply go to the manufacturers website, download a current driver for (IMPORTANT) your cards VERSION number. Before trying to install, you have to allow it to be run as compatible with Windows 7 (right-click, properties, etc). Don't forget, restart your PC.
1 doesn't seem to like to work with this card and the TP-LINK website ...
30 October 2014
Summary: Windows 8.1 doesn't seem to like to work with this card and the TP-LINK website only has drivers up to windows 7. They ought to update their drivers, but I think I may be able to get it to work using other drivers. It works fine on Linux and for the price it is nice to be able to move your computer around without worrying about an ethernet hook up.
Summary: I'm giving three stars for now because my wireless keeps randomly cutting out and I have to reenter my password. I'm not sure if it's the switching of channels (that shouldn't be a problem with a saved password) or just the router itself. Either way, I'll try to narrow it down and give an update in the future. The speed on it is perfectly fine and I only notice the slightest bit of lag when loading something with heavy interface, etc.
Summary: Do any pci wireless adapters actually work reliably? The wifi on my $200 laptop I've had for 3 years works with no issues....wifi still works great,, and there is nothing great about that laptop either. Over the years I've used 3 pci wireless adapters and all have failed. I even tried a usb wifi adapter and the connection would go in & out on that too...i'm curious why wifi on desktop systems just stinks so bad?
Pros: It worked great for 5 months......
Cons: .....but then the signal would constantly drop out and adapter had to be constantly reset......at first I thought it was my router, but then found out it was this wireless adapter.....now it is completely dead.
Work fine with Windows7 64 bit but I don't like the utility
4 October 2014
Summary: Works fine on a Dell Optiplex 745 running Windows7 64 bit. Driver and utility that came on the mini CD installed without issue. All my wireless access points are G so I can't really comment on N speed. Signal strength is good, no better or worse than most other wireless NICs with a 3 inch external antennae. However, I don't like how the utility pops open onto the desktop every time you reboot.
Summary: I have a netgear 802n 300mbs router which blasts out a signal and this card just does not pick it up well. My Roku is in the same room and gets a strong signal. One thing, use Windows wireless set up and not the TP link setup. When the signal drops off it won't start up again without typing in your code. Very annoying.
Pros: Cost $14. Installed easy and it worked right away.
Cons: Signal drops a lot, cuts out. When it does it re-acquires it quickly.. I have three walls between my router and the desktop. I read that an external antenna may fix this.