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

Last Updated: November 16, 2020 (Refresh Now)
8.2
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/10
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999
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289
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Review Summary - 680 recent, verified reviews

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Setup
 190
install, installation, card, easy, minutes
+98%
-2%
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" ...  Product installed and worked like a champ.  ...  "
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" ...  East setup and improved the speed on an an older PC.  ...  "
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" ...  The Ethernet card was very easy to install.  ...  "
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" ...  I was connected to the internet via ethernet cable on first boot after installation, and my computer immediately picked up Wifi networks.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought and installed my third one today.  ...  "
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" ...  worked like a charm with zero configuration on CentOS 7  ...  "
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" ...  First, I have had relatively positive effort from TP-Link's chat session help. ... Thanks to TP-Link for the effort and support while trying to troubleshoot! ... Installation was a breeze.  ...  "
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" ...  It was easy to install, just plug and play.  ...  "
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Network
 145
wifi, router, tp link, mbps, 5ghz
+72%
-28%
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" ...  It's easy enough to install and the signal strength is great.  ...  "
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" ...  If you're looking for reliable, permanent signal strength, this is fine, I'm just not convinced that the speeds can reach as high as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  I will update back once I have a chance to test it with my computer located farther away from the router, or if I notice anything else.  ...  "
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" ...  great signal strenght and capabilities.  ...  "
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" ...  Card worked immediately and has an amazing signal.  ...  "
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" ...  Works great connecting my Windows 7 PC tower to the 5GHz WiFi in the house. ... Good signal quality.  ...  "
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" ...  I also like the double antenna, which helps with good signal.  ...  "
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" ...  Once I boot up my pc for the first time, it is already working and picking up the wifi signal.  ...  "
Ports
 118
ethernet, adapter, motherboard, wifi, pcie
+83%
-17%
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" ...  The speed the card was capable of was exactly the same as running a hard line Ethernet cable.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this to replace a USB dongle and works as to be expected.  ...  "
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" ...  Not much to say about a TP link gigabit NIC.  ...  "
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" ...  The Bluetooth plugs into one of your USB 2.0 headers.  ...  "
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" ...  Used it to replace built-in network adapter after a storm damaged it.  ...  "
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" ...  I had previously purchased a few of the USB dongles to add Wifi to our family PC.  ...  "
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" ...  Solid wireless AC adapter.  ...  "
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" ...  For comparison, Ethernet on the same connection delivered 40/55Mbps.  ...  "
Drivers
 110
driver, windows 10, windows, installed, tp link
+73%
-27%
comment
" ...  Works perfect and has excellent Linux support right out of the box with no need for drivers. ... It was detected automatically and the correct kernel driver was loaded.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Easy to install and no software required (Windows had built in drivers).  ...  "
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" ...  Once installed, took about 3 minutes for drivers to update and NIC to become active.  ...  "
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" ...  MAKE SURE WHEN YOUR DRIVERS ARE DONE DOWNLOADING YOU HAVE TO OPEN THEM AND INSTALL THEM IN YOUR COMPUTER. ... FOR EXAMPLE, THE DRIVERS UPDATE FOR YOUR GRAPHICS CARD OR YOUR MOTHERBOARD OR CPU.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install, driver is available on the vendor website, and starts working instantly after driver is installed.  ...  "
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" ...  The firewall software (based on Free BSD) recognized the card and installed the correct drivers.  ...  "
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" ...  I tried the normal problem workflow: update drivers, ensure I'm running the latest Win 10 build and then even re-installed the OS. ... So, if you're interested, go to Intel's site and download their latest drivers.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 101
windows 10, card, bluetooth, desktop, linux
+76%
-24%
comment
" ...  If you are looking to upgrade your PC, or have shotty connection you need this product it has been an absolute life saver for me!  ...  "
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" ...  I'm purchasing another to go into a legacy AMD FX-8350 build so I can connect it wirelessly with Linux also.  ...  "
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" ...  Put in my low profile computer.  ...  "
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" ...  One of the easiest desktop PC repairs.  ...  "
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" ...  Once I did get it set up it was ready to go since I had windows 10 running.  ...  "
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" ...  If I was still asleep in the Windows PC dream, I would probably have been in heaven with this, but if you have Linux, I would suggest anything with an Intel chipset like the Ubit cards.  ...  "
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" ...  Got this for a custom built PC and it works great  ...  "
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" ...  Work with Win10, plug n play.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 97
easy, install, install and works, instructions, card
+99%
-1%
comment
" ...  Its amazing and easy to install .  ...  "
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" ...  works well, easy install  ...  "
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" ...  still easy to install after finding the way to go around this.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to install.  ...  "
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" ...  Next the instructions and software were easy to understand, and easy to install.  ...  "
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" ...  So so simple.  ...  "
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" ...  It is nice to find a product that is affordable, easy to install and works great.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple enough install.  ...  "
Wifi
 92
card, pc, wifi adapter, wi fi, router
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  3 minutes was running on wifi.  ...  "
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" ...  my sisters build needed a wifi card and boom this thing works as it should  ...  "
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" ...  I recently upgraded to gigabit internet and my onboard broadcom NIC would not get speeds above 300-350mbits.  ...  "
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" ...  Ran a wifi speed test also right next to the Modem and got 256Mbps.  ...  "
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" ...  Looking for a WiFi adapter, this is the first thing I saw available.  ...  "
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" ...  The Wifi speed and reception is just as good as every other device in the house. ... Both Wifi and Bluetooth work flawlessly right out of the box somehow.  ...  "
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" ...  The WiFi antennas are great!  ...  "
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" ...  It is and always will be superior to a WiFi connection.  ...  "
Software Platform
 71
linux, windows, card, ubuntu, install
+70%
-30%
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" ...  Using Windows 10, I just restarted the computer and everything works perfectly.  ...  "
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" ...  Fixed the windows 10 featured update that took down my nic on board asus internet  ...  "
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" ...  Plugged into a Windows 10 machine with no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Upgrade to the latest version (it is free). ... If you are building a system and plan to install windows 10. ... Grab the Windows 10 media creation tool from Microsoft and create a bootable USB based on the latest version of Windows 10. ... The install was flawless and this WiFi card immediately hooked up during the install of Windows 10. ... I also install Pop OS (based on Ubuntu Linux) and the WiFi card was connecting during the install as well.  ...  "
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" ...  So if you have a newer build of windows 10 (1809 or newer) you just plug it in and it works.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall, this will help you get your internet/web work done.  ...  "
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" ...  Windows 10 automatically detected the cards and ran it, which is nice.  ...  "
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" ...  I am content with how this Network Interface controller works.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 68
working, months, card, weeks, stopped working
+60%
-40%
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" ...  I had a computer that the onboard Ethernet stopped working. ... I installed this card, logged in, and I was working again.  ...  "
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" ...  Good throughput, has held up for a few months now.  ...  "
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" ...  Actually works better than my onboard adapter that stopped working.  ...  "
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" ...  Both have been working perfectly for the past few days.  ...  "
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" ...  Working well for me.  ...  "
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" ...  I installed, turned the PC on and everything worked.  ...  "
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" ...  How did hooked up and working in 10 minutes  ...  "
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" ...  Worked as soon as I plugged it in.  ...  "
Overall performance
 67
speeds, fast, card, performance, getting
+87%
-13%
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" ...  I use older i3 and i5 used computer to build simple media serves.  ...  "
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" ...  I was further amazed at how it seems to be doing the job .  ...  "
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" ...  good wireless performance.  ...  "
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" ...  This worked like a charm in Win 10 - detected 1Gbps speed.  ...  "
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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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" ...  seems to get faster speed on windows 10 than ubuntu though (or my mind is playing tricks).  ...  "
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" ...  I am certainly very happy with the performance of the Archer T4E.  ...  "
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" ...  Saw an immediate increase in speed between N300 and AC1200.  ...  "
ISP
 46
internet, speed, wireless, mbps, card
+89%
-11%
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" ...  When I swapped out my previous wireless card with this one, my download speed doubled.  ...  "
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" ...  That even the new TP-Link card installed is currently working perfectly with it.  ...  "
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" ...  Your results may vary depending on your router, modem and ISP plan, but once I got the bottlenecks worked out of my network thru a series of upgrades of my modem and router (moving from wireless N to AC), the WIFI transfer results are truly stunning.  ...  "
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" ...  I am using the 5ghz band with this card upstairs from the modem.  ...  "
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" ...  My internet speed is working at the max for what I am paying for with my IP. ... I connected to my router, and was up and running in a minute.  ...  "
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" ...  My internet speed is 300 Mbs.  ...  "
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" ...  Full Gigabit speed.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this TPLink one to be able to connect to the 5g network in my home.  ...  "
Bluetooth
 40
wifi, card, wifi and bluetooth, pc, motherboard
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  Bluetooth auto installed & worked on bootup no problems at all.  ...  "
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" ...  Worked fine for me out the box and now I got WiFi and Bluetooth great for the price but the bracket didn’t alight with my case so it’s not bolted to the chassis maybe it’ll be good for yours.  ...  "
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" ...  Just popped this in and WiFi was ready to go, I did have slight difficulty getting blue tooth enabled.  ...  "
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" ...  Very affordable and provides wifi and bluetooth to a build in definite need of some wireless capabilities.  ...  "
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" ...  Have not yet tested Bluetooth but it is also working without installing anything.  ...  "
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" ...  I decided to try a WiFi card that had Bluetooth so this fit the bill. ... Bluetooth works great.  ...  "
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" ...  wifi and bluetooth worked great.  ...  "
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" ...  Works perfectly for my PC, especially a plus because of the bluetooth.  ...  "
Capacity
 27
house, signal, wifi, room, moved
+85%
-15%
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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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" ...  One in the basement the other on the 2nd floor.  ...  "
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" ...  I moved my old desktop from directly connected to the router into a different room.  ...  "
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" ...  My router is in my liviing room.  ...  "
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" ...  Its signal is as stable as WIF at home.  ...  "
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" ...  I've been hardwired for ages, and chose this when I had to move rooms.  ...  "
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" ...  My router is located in my basement with multiple walls and a floor between transmission points.  ...  "
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" ...  It was hitting no more than 189 Mbps anywhere in the house we used it.  ...  "
Gaming
 26
games, online, playing, game, pings
+69%
-31%
comment
" ...  Get the job done, I didn't have any issue so far, good, browsering and gaming top notch  ...  "
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" ...  I use it for gaming without any problems.  ...  "
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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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" ...  I build all my gaming computers and this card is awesome!  ...  "
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" ...  After the tests, we both started downloading WoW via the Blizzard game manager application.  ...  "
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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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" ...  If you want a cheap, middle of the road card great for web browsing, basic Youtube (not 4K or 8K) or gaming, this is it.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm getting great wifi speeds with this, enough to handle competitive games just fine!  ...  "
Price
 26
money, product, worth, worth the money, waste
+77%
-23%
comment
" ...  Would recommend for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazing product especially considering the price!  ...  "
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" ...  Fair price ,quality built  ...  "
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" ...  Great product at a great price!  ...  "
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" ...  I opted out on a mobo with BT, big price increase.  ...  "
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" ...  Does the job for a good price.  ...  "
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" ...  So I am happy with the product and the price.  ...  "
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" ...  will look into a better unit when i have extra money.  ...  "
Returns
 17
returning, replacement, returned, day, card
-100%
comment
" ...  They told me it will take a minimum of 1-2 weeks to get a replacement.  ...  "
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" ...  Too bad I only noticed it after the return date is expired.  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunately for me, both had to be returned. ... So I sent them both back.  ...  "
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" ...  I got busy and missed the 30 day return time, now I'm stuck with this trash, learned my lesson now buying a more expensive one.  ...  "
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" ...  This worked well for just over a month and long enough to be outside the return window.  ...  "
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" ...  I returned the first card because only 2.4 worked.  ...  "
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" ...  Cannot use and cannot return.  ...  "
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" ...  Had to buy a new one and throw this one to garbage.  ...  "
Marketplace
 15
product, advertised, works, picture, got
+93%
-7%
comment
" ...  Simple and does as advertised.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It worked as described.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Onto the review  ...  "
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" ...  Product exactly as described.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Product works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  product as described  ...  "
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" ...  I just received this card today.  ...  "
Cables
 12
motherboard, thing, running, tiny, faster
+83%
-17%
comment
" ...  This is certainly a great alternative to running cable to my new home office.  ...  "
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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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" ...  One less cable on my desk!  ...  "
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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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" ...  It comes with a tiny cord you have to plug into the motherboard.  ...  "
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" ...  Actually, if you get a very long cable, the price is even higher.  ...  "
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" ...  I unplugged the ethernet wire and this machine actually seams to connect faster now with this so very happy with this product.  ...  "
Fit
 12
card, screw, slot, seems, pci
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  It comes with two different sizes of hardware, so it will fit a standard case or a small case.  ...  "
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" ...  Pop it in and (in most cases) it just works.  ...  "
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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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" ...  The card fits in a 1x PCI-e slot.  ...  "
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" ...  First of all it fit like a glove in my Dell desktop.  ...  "
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" ...  Unit snugly snapped into place.  ...  "
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" ...  This is very small and fit perfectly without hitting anything else.  ...  "
Internet
 11
speed, product, fast, like, get
+64%
-36%
comment
" ...  I can tell there is definitely a difference in how fast the internet loads.  ...  "
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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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" ...  The first internet boot impressive.  ...  "
Product As Described
 9
product, advertised, works, picture, exactly
+100%
comment
" ...  Functions as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  product as described  ...  "
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" ...  Product exactly as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Works exactly as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  It worked as described.  ...  "
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" ...  Product 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?  ...  "
Lagging
 7
restart, randomly, minutes, every, disconnect
+43%
-57%
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.  ...  "
CD/DVD
 7
disc, install, included, rom, dvd
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  easy hardware install but finding the software was a bit of a pain because who uses CD drives anymore.  ...  "
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" ...  Just in case your computer has the same amount of trouble reading the discs as mine did.  ...  "
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" ...  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.  ...  "
Delivery
 7
received, prompt, product, packaged, exactly
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  Received the product very quickly in a couple days.  ...  "
comment
" ...  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.  ...  "
Apps
 6
started, software, one, another, windows 10
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  Is the problem hardware, software or user related?  ...  "
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.  ...  "
Data reception
 5
2 4g, works, internet, connection
+40%
-60%
comment
" ...  Device randomly stops transmitting data.  ...  "
comment
" ...  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!  ...  "
Build Quality
 5
little, case, seems, part, one
+100%
comment
" ...  Well constructed, well-packaged.  ...  "
comment
" ...  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.  ...  "
Band
 4
5ghz, work, 802, 2 4ghz, 2
+50%
-50%
Memory
 3
gb
+100%
comment
" ...  Worked as specified at full Gb speed.  ...  "
comment
" ...  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, reinstalled, latest
+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.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Update: used drivers from TPLink, some issues connecting to certain N based networks.  ...  "
Pedometer
 3
step by step, easy to install
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Everything was a step by step by step guide.  ...  "
comment
" ...  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  ...  "
Size
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  - Built-in Bluetooth, but that's sort of a mixed bag.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I bought a couple of these for small business.  ...  "
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" ...  Comes in static bag in simple packaging.  ...  "
Comfort
 3
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  It snapped right in and works great.  ...  "
comment
" ...  (Use both thumbs with even pressure).  ...  "

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