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TP Link AC1200 PCIe WiFi Card for PC Bluetooth 4 2 Dual Band Wireless Network Card 2 4Ghz 5Ghz for Gaming Browsing Streaming etc Supports Windows 10 8 1 8 7 32 64 bit Archer T5E

Last Updated: June 21, 2020 (Refresh Now)
8.4
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999
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Setup
 145
install, installation, card, easy, simple
+99%
-1%
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" ...  Great seller, arrived and installed instantly.  ...  "
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" ...  Install is instant. ... The physical install is a typical PCIe card install, very basic and fast.  ...  "
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" ...  Network card was easy to install and worked fine.  ...  "
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" ...  This card was detected by both OS's without any driver installation or configuration needed.  ...  "
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" ...  This is the kind of product that requires a *TINY* bit of knowledge to install and configure, so naturally there are a ton of negative reviews on Amazon because people don't know what they're doing. ... Easy to install, speeds are high, and it works great for gaming.  ...  "
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" ...  Really quick install with directions easy to understand, which is hard to get now a days!  ...  "
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" ...  The installation was simple and took only 5 to 10 minutes.  ...  "
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" ...  worked like a charm with zero configuration on CentOS 7  ...  "
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Network
 101
wifi, tp link, network, router, mbps
+74%
-26%
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" ...  2.4ghz worked, but bought a dual band to use the higher speeds.  ...  "
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" ...  The Wifi speed and reception is just as good as every other device in the house.  ...  "
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" ...  My WIFI plan is 500/500 in my area prior to the install I was testing speeds at 200mpbs now I am averaging 302mpbs.  ...  "
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" ...  I saw an increase in network performance over my motherboard.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this to take advantage of the netgear Nighthawk router I have.  ...  "
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" ...  I am pulling down 150+ mbps.  ...  "
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" ...  I tested both these products, and in my findings, the WiFi adapter (TP-Link AC1200) is faster. ... Just for reference, our home was built in 2002, and my current router is an RT-AC3100, excellent router, best i have ever owned. ... My maxed Mbps speed was around 20-25 Mbps. ... We were at a steady 6-7 Mbps download speed. ... About halfway through, i turned off computer, and installed the TP-Link AC1200 WiFi adapter in one computer. ... After installation, my speedtest.net and fast.com speeds are up above 100 Mbps.  ...  "
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" ...  As for the router it's connecting to, I'm just using the standard BGW210 modem/router combo that AT&T supplies.  ...  "
Ports
 93
motherboard, ethernet port, network adapter, gigabit, tp link
+82%
-18%
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" ...  PCI-e buss for true 1000 gb connection.  ...  "
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" ...  FAST Gigabit connection in a very small board.  ...  "
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" ...  For now, my USB dual-band wifi adapter is working well.  ...  "
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" ...  my built in Ethernet kept disappearing , so i installed this card , increased my speed and its reliable !  ...  "
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" ...  replaced an old TP-Link N PCI adapter after 5 years.  ...  "
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" ...  Very pleased with this adapter.  ...  "
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" ...  I am very impressed with the same day delivery of this network adapter.  ...  "
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" ...  It's easy to install, you just plug into your PC and automatically setups then shows wifi connection.  ...  "
Drivers
 83
driver, windows 10, tp link, windows, downloaded
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Just popped it an open PCI Express port and Windows 8.1 actually took care of the drivers before I could even follow the user manual on installing them, myself, even without being online at the time.  ...  "
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" ...  This card was detected by both OS's without any driver installation or configuration needed.  ...  "
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" ...  Didn't require a driver for Ubuntu or Debian.  ...  "
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" ...  After physical installation, Windows 10 automatically downloaded and installed device driver without a disk.  ...  "
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" ...  Downloaded driver from TP-LINK official website, driver installation was painless.  ...  "
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" ...  Lots of driver options for this card, using a generic driver now.  ...  "
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" ...  Once installed, took about 3 minutes for drivers to update and NIC to become active.  ...  "
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" ...  With both cards installed, I installed the drivers and made sure the connection was working.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 76
windows 10, desktop, bluetooth, win10, recognized
+76%
-24%
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" ...  My computer recognized the device immediately upon reboot.  ...  "
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" ...  Needed to convert a desktop PC to wireless.  ...  "
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" ...  Great little addition to a custom build that eliminates the need to run a cable to get internet to your computer.  ...  "
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" ...  East setup and improved the speed on an an older PC.  ...  "
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" ...  this card works with ubuntu 19.04. it detects it automatically. ... works with windows 10 as well.  ...  "
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" ...  Edit: Having used this card for about as week now, I appreciate I was able to extend the life of my desktop PC after the motherboard built-in ethernet failed.  ...  "
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" ...  I am old and have no idea what to do with computers and I installed this in the inside of my desktop computer a personal victory!  ...  "
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" ...  Inexpensive way to connect old pc to internet.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 71
easy, install, simple, super, works great
+100%
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" ...  Next the instructions and software were easy to understand, and easy to install.  ...  "
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" ...  (Advanced user and nerd info)  ...  "
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" ...  So far, super easy to install and a stable connection.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple enough install.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple install an good to go.  ...  "
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" ...  Both installs quick & as easy as pie.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple install and works like a charm!  ...  "
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" ...  No brainier to install super easy  ...  "
Software Platform
 56
linux, windows, ubuntu, install, card
+68%
-32%
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" ...  Windows installed it, had to disable motherboard native RJ45 and then this worked perfect .  ...  "
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" ...  Installed in an old desktop running Snort on Ubuntu 16.  ...  "
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" ...  After the tests, we both started downloading WoW via the Blizzard game manager application.  ...  "
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" ...  This is on a Linux Desktop PC running Debian.  ...  "
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" ...  Windows 10 recognized and installed it for me without an internet connection and I was up and running in 2 mins.  ...  "
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" ...  I dual boot the system with windows 10(latest update as of this review) and linux(ubuntu 20.04 based popOS!).  ...  "
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" ...  I probably should add this is for my Plex Windows 10 machine at my house.  ...  "
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" ...  Fixed the windows 10 featured update that took down my nic on board asus internet  ...  "
Overall performance
 55
speeds, tests, intel, gigabit, install
+87%
-13%
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" ...  I was further amazed at how it seems to be doing the job .  ...  "
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" ...  You will always have speed and reliability, and you never have to worry about things on your end.  ...  "
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" ...  Haven't done bandwidth tests or transfer speeds but it's a decent inexpensive 1Gb card.  ...  "
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" ...  Saw an immediate increase in speed between N300 and AC1200.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this adapter and we are blazingly fast all the time .  ...  "
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" ...  I build all my gaming computers and this card is awesome!  ...  "
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" ...  In case you're wondering, I have plenty of horsepower and GPU for the particular computer running Windows 10.  ...  "
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" ...  This provides the solid gigabit uplink for the VMs in home lab.  ...  "
Wifi
 55
card, wifi adapter, network, router, signal
+76%
-24%
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" ...  I needed a wifi connection to make my rig more portable, I purchased this and it has actually over performed.  ...  "
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" ...  Ran a wifi speed test also right next to the Modem and got 256Mbps.  ...  "
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" ...  However, my upstairs computer in my 3200 square foot home was only getting about 50 MBPS on wifi, no matter what I tried.  ...  "
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" ...  It is and always will be superior to a WiFi connection.  ...  "
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" ...  This WiFi card was a perfect fit.  ...  "
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" ...  I love this WiFi card.  ...  "
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" ...  Turned on the computer and it locked onto my WIFI without me having to do anything other than enter my password.  ...  "
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" ...  I tested both these products, and in my findings, the WiFi adapter (TP-Link AC1200) is faster. ... About halfway through, i turned off computer, and installed the TP-Link AC1200 WiFi adapter in one computer.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 50
months, card, working, stopped working, failed
+60%
-40%
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" ...  I installed, turned the PC on and everything worked.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked as needed.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked right out of the box  ...  "
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" ...  Worked as promised TY have not had any problems 👍  ...  "
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" ...  Worked good for 34 days.  ...  "
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" ...  It replaced a bad card i had in my tower  ...  "
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" ...  I have been using this for a few months now and am very happy with the results.  ...  "
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" ...  No issues whatsoever and it doesn’t disconnect randomly.  ...  "
ISP
 41
internet, modem, tp link, isp, gigabit
+90%
-10%
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" ...  I'm getting 585 Mbps across my network.  ...  "
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" ...  Full Gigabit speed.  ...  "
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" ...  I was getting well over 100mb/s download speeds. ... also, I would like to note, that my computer has the clearest path to the wifi router.  ...  "
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" ...  As I mention I can see the names of broadband connections I've never seen before on any of my devices.  ...  "
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" ...  No other NIC exists.  ...  "
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" ...  No problem connecting to the internet.  ...  "
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" ...  (Spectrum 200Mbps Service, NETGEAR AC1900 Gateway)  ...  "
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" ...  I went over to Speedtest and I was getting the download and ping speeds I should be getting.  ...  "
Gaming
 18
games, online, playing, pc, multiplayer
+67%
-33%
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" ...  I use it for gaming without any problems.  ...  "
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" ...  30ft of range very very reliably fast and stable peferct for gaming or streaming  ...  "
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" ...  And my ping in games is now so much better.  ...  "
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" ...  I can play r6 siege with buddies on it too, so it gets 5 stars and a big thumbs up for being $30  ...  "
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" ...  I build all my gaming computers and this card is awesome!  ...  "
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" ...  I have an old gaming computer that I built in 2012 that was getting a little too old to support the latest games, but with the addition of an SSD, was still a very usable machine so I repurposed it as a home theater PC.  ...  "
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" ...  After the tests, we both started downloading WoW via the Blizzard game manager application.  ...  "
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" ...  I use my computer for online gaming and internet.  ...  "
Capacity
 17
house, walls, signal, rooms, upstairs
+88%
-12%
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" ...  Bought this for use at my current apartment complex. ... It has great signal strength and speed.  ...  "
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" ...  I have 400 up/400 down fiber internet and get a fast, reliable signal from my router in the living room to my desktop in the bedroom.  ...  "
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" ...  One in the basement the other on the 2nd floor.  ...  "
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" ...  With the antenna now I'm about 25ft away theough two walls and it works good.  ...  "
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" ...  We moved and upgraded our Optimum Service and I did not want to run a cat 5e to the other side of the house.  ...  "
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" ...  Both 2.4 and 5 GHz wifi work great even with the router on the other side of the house through many walls.  ...  "
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" ...  My router is located in my basement with multiple walls and a floor between transmission points.  ...  "
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" ...  Works from across the house.  ...  "
Price
 17
product, worth the money, worth, good, money
+88%
-12%
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" ...  Worth the money!  ...  "
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" ...  Satisfied with price and product  ...  "
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" ...  Does the job for a good price.  ...  "
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" ...  will look into a better unit when i have extra money.  ...  "
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" ...  At $14.99 it was a no-brainer.  ...  "
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" ...  Fair price ,quality built  ...  "
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" ...  Worth the money.  ...  "
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" ...  Great product at a great price!  ...  "
Marketplace
 14
works as advertised, product, picture, works, seller
+93%
-7%
comment
" ...  Works as described  ...  "
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" ...  It worked as described.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture says it all . ... In the picture you see the result, what more could you ask for?  ...  "
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" ...  product as described  ...  "
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" ...  Product exactly as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Will use this seller again.  ...  "
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" ...  Purchased on sale for $23.99.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
Bluetooth
 14
wifi, usb, pc, card, tooth
+93%
-7%
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" ...  I was able to connect with my household network as well as connect to a Bluetooth device.  ...  "
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" ...  Bluetooth works fine without any issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Have not yet tested Bluetooth but it is also working without installing anything.  ...  "
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" ...  Both Wifi and Bluetooth work flawlessly right out of the box somehow.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazing set of WiFi and blue tooth combo.  ...  "
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" ...  The Bluetooth plugs into one of your USB 2.0 headers.  ...  "
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" ...  WiFi signal is good, Bluetooth signal is good. ... I can still disconnect from my wifi and have the Bluetooth work.  ...  "
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" ...  I decided to try a WiFi card that had Bluetooth so this fit the bill. ... Bluetooth works great.  ...  "
Returns
 12
returning, replacement, returned, card, 2
-100%
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" ...  Ended up bricking itself after a while.  ...  "
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" ...  Cannot use and cannot return.  ...  "
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" ...  I would return this if I didn't make the mistake of throwing out the boxes on day 1.  ...  "
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" ...  I only won't return this because I threw away the box.  ...  "
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" ...  Returning this junk right now.  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunately for me, both had to be returned. ... So I sent them both back.  ...  "
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" ...  They told me it will take a minimum of 1-2 weeks to get a replacement.  ...  "
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" ...  Will be returning.  ...  "
Cables
 9
plugged, cord, bad, windows, speed
+78%
-22%
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" ...  This is certainly a great alternative to running cable to my new home office.  ...  "
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" ...  One less cable on my desk!  ...  "
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" ...  And, I don't have to worry about a power surge from my cable knocking out my computer or other components.  ...  "
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" ...  I get all the speed I pay for from my cable company, and then some.  ...  "
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" ...  Great little addition to a custom build that eliminates the need to run a cable to get internet to your computer.  ...  "
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" ...  Just plugged in the cable.  ...  "
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" ...  I replaced 'bad-cord' with known good cord  ...  "
Internet
 9
speed, good, download, computer, speeds
+78%
-22%
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" ...  Very good product and very high internet speed.  ...  "
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" ...  Can't live without internet now.  ...  "
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" ...  My internet speed is 300 Mbs.  ...  "
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" ...  It works great and internet is so much faster.  ...  "
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" ...  Its so good to back on-line again with internet access.  ...  "
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" ...  I use my computer for online gaming and internet.  ...  "
Fit
 9
screw, card, snapped, fit perfectly, works
+78%
-22%
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" ...  Hardware fit perfectly.  ...  "
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" ...  First of all it fit like a glove in my Dell desktop.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install, literally one screw to remove back plate cover on my case, pop card in and reinstall screw.  ...  "
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" ...  This WiFi card was a perfect fit. ... It snapped right in and works great.  ...  "
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" ...  Pop it in and (in most cases) it just works.  ...  "
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" ...  Unit snugly snapped into place.  ...  "
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" ...  This is very small and fit perfectly without hitting anything else.  ...  "
Product As Described
 8
works as advertised, product, picture, works, exactly
+100%
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" ...  Product exactly as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Functions as described.  ...  "
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" ...  It worked as described.  ...  "
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" ...  product as described  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  The picture says it all . ... In the picture you see the result, what more could you ask for?  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as described  ...  "
Delivery
 8
product, packaged, fast, delivery, received
+88%
-13%
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" ...  The box was well packaged and designed.  ...  "
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" ...  Delivered earlier than expected.  ...  "
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" ...  Arrived as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Product was exactly as advertised very prompt delivery.  ...  "
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" ...  Ordered this - shipped fast.  ...  "
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" ...  Great product, fast delivery.  ...  "
Lagging
 6
reboot, randomly, every, disconnect, would
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  after a restart, nothing.  ...  "
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" ...  It only lags!  ...  "
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" ...  Tried to switch over to 2.4ghz and EVERY SINGLE time I did so, it would freeze the entire computer and a hard shutdown would have to be performed.  ...  "
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" ...  Sometimes taking 10 minutes to reconnect, only to disconnect again within a few minutes.  ...  "
Apps
 5
windows 10, use, stated, game
+40%
-60%
comment
" ...  Downloading and running the offline update file from Microsoft did not work.  ...  "
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" ...  after a couple weeks, now im getting the issue where programs won't sign in (like steam, dropbox) because theres no internet connection and webpages either wont load or take forever.  ...  "
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" ...  It will not download or function with windows 10 and is stated on the company website.  ...  "
CD/DVD
 5
cd, install, included, came, worked
+80%
-20%
comment
" ...  Hooked it up and it worked right away without having to use the install CD.  ...  "
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" ...  The install was very easy until I ran the cd install routine from the CD that came with it .  ...  "
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" ...  I went ahead and installed from the disc anyway, which is the most "complex" part of it, since (with 8/8.1 anyway) you'll need to access the Windows Device Manager as an administrator.  ...  "
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" ...  put the install disc in the DVD drive and 5 minutes later I am in business.  ...  "
Build Quality
 5
case, well, packaged, metal, built
+100%
comment
" ...  Well constructed, well-packaged.  ...  "
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" ...  Good choice to buy one or two for a backup in case you loose you built in NIC on a Mobo.  ...  "
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" ...  It snapped right in and works great.  ...  "
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" ...  Should help keep it more cool and stable, and if you happen to have an open case it looks a little nicer than a bare PCI-E card.  ...  "
Data reception
 4
4g, 2, works, internet
+25%
-75%
comment
" ...  Device randomly stops transmitting data.  ...  "
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" ...  When I download something everything slows to molasses (and this is on 5g, when I can tell the difference after using 2.4g!)  ...  "
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" ...  2.4g works at 21mbps and the 5G is broken!  ...  "
Memory
 3
gb
+100%
comment
" ...  Worked as specified at full Gb speed.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a Dell 8930 XPS with 16GB of memory.  ...  "
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" ...  Rather than replace the motherboard, which would also mean replacing processor and RAM, I ordered this little gem.  ...  "
Firmware
 3
driver, also, site, drivers, downloaded
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  2.4Ghz also had the same problem at first but reinstalling the TP-Link driver seemed to have fixed 2.4Ghz issue.  ...  "
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" ...  Update: used drivers from TPLink, some issues connecting to certain N based networks.  ...  "
Pedometer
 3
work, step by step, good, easy to install
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Everything was a step by step by step guide.  ...  "
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" ...  I like that it’s easy to install but it doesn’t even work properly I followed the steps of installment tried reinstalling it but, it’s still not good  ...  "
Device Stand
 3
comes, bracket, included
+100%
comment
" ...  comes with low profile bracket as well.  ...  "
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" ...  It comes with a SFF mounting bracket too.  ...  "
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" ...  They have the standard bracket and low profile bracket included.  ...  "
Band
 3
5ghz, 802
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Got it to replace the single band we had  ...  "

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