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TP-Link AC450 Wireless Nano USB Adapter (Archer T1U)
- TP-Link - World's No. 1 Provider of WLAN Products within last 6 years
- Small, unobtrusive design allows you to plug it in and forget it is even there
- Blazing fast wireless data transmission rates of up to 433Mbps
- Utilizes 80211ac standard and is backward compatible with 80211a/n
- Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption standards also Supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10/Linux Kernel Versions 2.6-3.16/Mac OS X 10.7-10.10
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The Archer T1U reaches speeds 433Mbps 5GHz for HD streaming, lag-free gaming and large file downloads. As the smallest AC adapter available, enjoy stable and fast Wi-Fi wherever you need it.
The adapter's size and sleek design allow it to be inserted into any USB port and left there for extended periods of time. There’s no need to worry about blocking adjacent USB ports because the tiny device sits flush against the USB port.
Supported operating systems include Windows, Mac OS, Linux. Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption standards.
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I've now resorted to wrapping the device in aluminum foil in an effort to absorb some of the heat, with this method I can get about 15 min of internet use out of it before it stops working.
Does anyone know of another adapter that doesnt have this kind of issue?
It is with great sadness that I write to say this product no longer works with Linux. The version shipped to me used the MT7610u MediaTek chipset. After much digging and hair pulling I was only able to get this slightly working (very buggy and unstable) using the driver found on Github, in repository ulli-kroll/mt7610u. Of the handful of drivers I tried, this is the only drive I could find that would actually compile, the rest are broken. NetworkManager locks and caused the whole system to panic and freeze when the driver is loaded. Stopping NetworkManager first allowed the driver to load without the system crashing and I was able to connect to my network. The card was extremely unstable. I was able to send about 3-5 ICMP packets before the connection would drop and re-establish a few moments later. It looks like the driver author is currently working on it so it uses mac80211 so maybe there is hope for this to work at some point in the future.
So if you are not taking advantage of 5G wireless in your home you are not getting the same speed of upload and download that most of us purchase the service package for. So if your cell phone is fast on wireless internet than your phone then you MUST get this cheap upgrade! Of note: Most smartphones utilize a 5G (5GHz) internal antenna for improving speed of your downloads; and only downshift to 2.4 GHz if 5G is not available wirelessly.
So my speed test on my laptop went from 4-6Mbs on 2.4GHz to over 60Mbs on 5GHz with this handy device.
A cheaper upgrade than a new NIC or hardware upgrade (including the computer) for sure.
An installation note for all purchasers of this device....even though the instructions indicate that you can download the drivers from TP-Link.com, DON'T, it may not allow your device to connect through your computer to 5G. You MUST use the supplied micro-install CD provided in the package to ensure that the device will connect to your 5GHz wireless.
All that said
The internet download speeds is now 0.8 MBPS for downloads (Speedtest.net). Contacted support by chat and couldn't help resolve the issue. Found that the device doesn't work on a USB3 port, but works on a USB2 port.
Sadly, it's time to return.
******ORIGINAL REVIEW ************* gave 4 stars,
Downloaded latest drivers from website and install was pretty easy. Unit didn't perform correctly on a USB3 add-on card, but performed fine on the builtin USB 2 port on the computer. Went from 25MBPS to 60MBPS without making any other changes (See attached picture).
Cons : Tight fit into the port, so won't fall off easily. This also makes it difficult to remove the adapter until you find the small depression on one side to slide a finger nail.
Cons : The adapter gets pretty hot/warm during use. Didn't affect performance yet.