TP-LINK Wireless USB Adapter
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I work from home, as does my boyfriend, so we have computers and laptops all over doing a variety of functions. One computer runs mail, a laptop is used for writing reviews of TV shows, a main PC handles the core of the work, and so on. Naturally, rather than stringing cables all over creation, we aim for wireless as much as possible.
This TP-Link USB adapter simply plugs into a USB adapter and you're set. You don't have to run cables to other devices. Plug it in, install it, and you're good to go.
It handles both 5GHz and 2.4GHz. We tried it on a variety of operating systems including Windows 7 and Vista and it worked flawlessly with each. On the laptop it was definitely faster than the built in laptop adapter.
On the downside, however, the unit is fairly large. It is nearly 3.5 inches long. I realize that might not sound like a lot - it's only a few inches! However, when you have something that long sticking out the side of a laptop, it's just asking to be snapped off.
We ended up using it on an upstairs PC where its length didn't matter as much. It's still a *bit* annoying to have that sticking out of the machine, but nothing serious. And it does its job well.
It came with this odd tiny DVD with the drivers. Can it really save them THAT much money over using a full sized DVD? I was nervous about putting this into my various devices, that it would choke my system. My laptops and PCs all took it OK, but I'd still worry about a vertically mounted drive, if it would be OK with this tiny sized DVD.
So, to summarize, it does what it says it'll do. It works fine. The unit is a bit long, depending on how you'll use it. And I wish they had a normal sized DVD for the install.
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