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TP-Link AC600 High Gain Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter (Archer T2UH)
- TP-Link - World's No. 1 Provider of WLAN Products within last 6 years
- Support Windows XP/7/8/8.1/Linux/Mac OS X 10.7-10.10
- Selectable Dual Band connections Ideal for gaming online and lag-free HD video streaming
- 600Mbps Wi-Fi speeds with simultaneous 5GHz (433Mbps) and 24GHz (150Mbps) bands
- Connects to PCs via USB
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Choose the 2.4GHz band for up to 150Mbps of surfing, emailing and social media, or switch to 5GHz for up to 433Mbps of HD streaming, lag-free gaming and large file downloads.
A high gain antenna reaches your router from farther with more precise directional range, sustaining faster and more stable wireless connections.
Easy wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button. WPA/WPA2 encryption provides your Wi-Fi network with advanced protection against security threats.
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After purchasing this, I found it does not properly work with some Linux setups that were usually guaranteed to work (Kali). After some reaserch, I found that the adapter has two versions - one with an Atheros Chipset, and one with a RealTek Chipset. So far, the only reliable way to tell that I've ascertained is to look at the bottom of the device itself for the FCC number, which is a small sequence of numbers directly above the barcode on the back. If yours reads "TE7WN722NV2", you have the RealTek version 2, which is unusable for some projects. Otherwise, you likely have the superior Atheros version. Another way to tell is, sometimes, next to the S/N on the back, it'll say "v2.1" or something similar. So far I haven't worked out if the FCC number or version is on the box, as I threw that away before realizing this.
I'm rating this product two stars for not making it clear that this was something that I needed to worry about. There should be, at least in the description, something saying that this is Version 2 using the RealTek Chipset instead of Atheros. I don't know if they sell the Version 1 at all, but some people I've asked said they received that version, meaning the seller may be just randomly picking between versions 1 and 2 to ship out.
I am using this for my Mom's desktop machine running Windows 10, and from the moment I plugged it in, it worked flawlessly. My mom lives in an assisted living facility, and they charge $35/month for wired internet access, but they have site-wide free Wifi. So this turns out to be an ideal solution - for the cost of less than one month's of wired service, she can still connect to the net, for free forever.
The free wifi signal is a bit weak in her room, so I figured I needed a device like this with a decent external antenna. Now, I didn't compare side-by-side with a unit that has a built-in antenna, but I am getting pretty decent signal strength with this unit, and is more than enough to watch youtube videos, for example.
A few Hints and Tips.....runswusb.exe or just swusb.exe are not easy to find info on...it basically decides which connection is best for the USB device you plug in...USB2 or USB3. Do yourself a favor and disable it. This can cause the adapter not to connect at all or experience the constant connect / disconnect problem many people suffer with. Disabling it varies by Windows version...just search for Disabling a Service. Also, unless you are being provided a IPv6 address, uncheck that box in your adapter settings. Again, the location varies by version of Windows. Leaving this checked will also cause the connection to be dropped.
It doesn't also clearly state it in the product description, but it comes with a 2 year warranty...that's almost unheard of these days.
First of all this assumes you're on mac OSX El Capitan, which includes a bunch of protections for installing other accessories. You need to start by turning System Integrity protection off. Guide is easily found on Google.
Short run through- restart your computer, hold command+R when the sound comes on and hold until the apple logo appears.
The computer will boot into diagnostic mode.
Go to Terminal.
Type "csrutil disable"
after that works you can type "reboot" or use the gui.
Now reboot back into your desktop, and download the file here [...] (Link not showing, look up hackintosh zone all in one kext for realtek wireless usb adapters el Capitan ready)
It's a universal wireless utility that works with the RTL8192CU, the chip inside the TP link adapter.
Install it and reboot. You'll now have a wireless utility that will work as soon as you shut off your mac internal wireless. This thing works very well and the connection seems strong, it's just a shame the company doesn't offer updated drivers.
I'm giving it four stars because it was a pain in the ass to install. I hope this helps you mac users!
About three weeks into using this AC600, it now started to stutter and stop at irregular intervals. I removed the 8.1 drivers and all references to the 8.1 drivers, and upgraded to the Win 10 drivers that TP-LINK support steered me to. After installation of the Win 10 drivers, the AC600 seemed to calm down, but not for long. In a few days, it was back to a new round of erratic behaviors plus I was now getting blue screens in Win 10; blue screens were something I may have experienced once or twice in the last 12 months, but now my computer was blue screening every day or two. I removed the AC600 and its drivers to see what would happen. No more blue screens, is what happened!
So I requested a return label and shipped it back to Amazon for a refund. I do not recommend this device.