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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)
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||4.76 x 3.28 x 0.85 inches|
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|Data Transfer Rate||867 Megabits Per Second|
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- Super-Fast Speed – Make full use of your network with AC1200 WiFi speeds (867 Mbps on the 5GHz band and 300 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band)
- Bluetooth 4.2 – Achieve 2.5× faster speed and 10× more packet capacity than Bluetooth 4.0
- Broad Wireless Range – Connect to your WiFi from further away with two external high-gain antennas ensuring greater range and enhanced stability
- Easy Installation – Plug the adapter into an available PCI-E slot to upgrade your desktop (Both Standard and Low profile brackets included)
- Windows Compatibility - Supports Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 (32/64-bit)
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High-Speed to Meet Your Needs
Archer T5E PCIe adapter features a 5 GHz band with speeds up to 867 Mbps, perfect for smooth gaming, streaming, and downloading large files.
Productivity at its Finest
With a 2.4 GHz band reaching up to 300 Mbps speeds, get more done when you’re surfing the internet, emailing, and more.
Arm Your PC with Bluetooth
Archer T5E turns your PC Bluetooth-compatible with advanced Bluetooth 4.2 technology, achieving 2.5× faster speeds and 10× more packet capacity than Bluetooth 4.0. 
Better Range with High-Gain Antennas
Two powerful signal-boosting high-gain antennas greatly increase your existing WiFi reception, allowing you to enjoy fast and uninterrupted 4K streaming and smooth gaming from further away.
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Disclaimers 1 Specifications are subject to change without notice TP-Link is a registered trademark of TP-Link Technologies Co Ltd Other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders Copyright 2020 TP-Link Technologies Co Ltd All rights reserved. Maximum wireless signal rates are the physical rates derived from IEEE Standard 802 11 specifications Actual wireless data throughput and wireless coverage and the number of connected devices is not and will vary as a result of network conditions AP limitations and environmental factors including building materials obstacles volume and density of traffic and AP location 2 Functionality of Archer T5E may be restricted on some computing systems and platforms Please try to update the device’s driver for feature compatibility.
1. Specifications are subject to change without notice. TP-Link is a registered trademark of TP-Link Technologies Co., Ltd. Other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Copyright ©2020 TP-Link Technologies Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. †Maximum wireless signal rates are the physical rates derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual wireless data throughput and wireless coverage, and the number of connected devices is not guaranteed and will vary as a result of network conditions, AP limitations, and environmental factors, including building materials, obstacles, volume and density of traffic, and AP location. 2. Functionality of Archer T5E may be restricted on some computing systems and platforms. Please try to update the device’s driver for feature compatibility.
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Old versions of windows 10 had issues with this card - this has since been fixed. So if you have a newer build of windows 10 (1809 or newer) you just plug it in and it works. No driver install, you don't need the disc, windows 10 already has the driver for it out of the box and it works great.
Been using it for a week without a single problem. I bought this because I got fiber and wanted to take advantage of it. I can download at 45MB/s (megabytes, not megabits...) which is the same speed I get on LAN. Connections are rock solid for large downloads (downloaded over 200GB on it so far without a hiccup) and pings when gaming are within 1-2ms of my PC on LAN when playing competitive games and shooters.
Not sure what all the complainers are talking about, because this card is perfect. Easy to install, speeds are high, and it works great for gaming. VERY happy with the purchase!!
In troubleshooting the problem I found two workarounds that give me a solid connect and no more drops. For both workarounds you want the latest drivers from TP-Link for the card, but should it be able to work with the default driver that Windows 10 installed as well
I discovered that the problem occurs when you are connected to a 802.11ac network (5gHz band), which it will select by default if available.
The first and simplest work around was to set the card to only operate on 802.11n or 802.11a when on the 5gHz band. Operation is much more reliable and can be set in the device manager options for the card in Windows. While I did not test this as thoroughly as workaround #2 below, I could make it fail consistently when connected to a 802.11ac by installing large games thru Steam, but was able to complete the 50GB to 100GB downloads when connected to 802.11n. The second install of this card is using this workaround as well and I've heard no complaints from the user.
The second workaround involves making changes to the router to allow this card to operate on 802.11ac reliably. The particular issue has to do with the channel width, for whatever reason this AC1200 card will NOT operate reliably on a channel width of 80MHz, ESPECIALLY if there are other 5gHz routers in the area using a channel that's close to the one you're using!
On my Linksys EA8500 router I had to change to the WPA2 Personal security mode and fix the channel width to 40MHz only. I still let the card connect to the 802.11ac network on the 5gHz band, and with these settings the connect is rock solid and reliable. This one I've tested both by using large game installations on Steam and by file sharing over the local network for the past few weeks, and it is working great with hundreds of gigabyte of files exchanged.
These are workaround, not fixes! The only way these can be fixed is by TP-Link themselves addressing this problem with channel width problems! But these workarounds WILL get you running reliably if you have one of these cards.
The downside of both workarounds is that the Wi-Fi link is a lot slower, and workaround #1 is a LOT slower than #2 though. With no changes, I would get download speeds of around 24MBps on Steam (before it inevitably failed), but after implementing workaround #2 and changing the channel width speeds dropped to around 15MBps (but would not drop), though this was faster than the 8MBps I was getting under workaround #1 (802.11n).
Of course reliability trumps speed, but there is no reason why we should need workarounds! TP-Link needs to fix this hence only 3 stars for this card.
I dual boot the system with windows 10(latest update as of this review) and linux(ubuntu 20.04 based popOS!). This card was detected by both OS's without any driver installation or configuration needed. Definitely would recommend this card.
WiFi works well, installation is quick and easy, comes with a low profile bracket as well. I bought a card that had integrated bluetooth, which I now cannot use because the card is poorly designed. I'll stick with the micro-dongle I already have for bluetooth, but will keep the card since it's not worth the hassle to exchange. The point of this review is to let others know the bluetooth capabilities are very misleading, and the reviews have the non-bluetooth version mixed in with the bluetooth version.
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- This works really well out of box, no need to download driver
- Plugged in easily into the slot and it comes with a smaller PCI bracket too
- Oh boy where to start...how about the $40 price tag that's $15 more than the T3U a USB 3.0 device from TP link that has FASTER speed (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07P6N2TZH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
- The speed just won't match its USB 3.0 brother (18% slower just for down), but up, ping and jitter look fine and match other cards I tested
- It takes two day shipping...comparing to other cards which are one day shipping
- It requires you to install into your computer and only works for PC
- The driver for the Canadian website is missing. You need to go to the global site and when the language selector popped up, don't select Eng or Fren, just close it and you will find the driver
- buy this if you have better luck attaining the speed
- buy this if you don't want something dangling out of your USB port and you want it to travel easily with your machine
- Buy this if you are willing to spend more $
Drops connections, adds ping spikes/time outs on the tests i did to my router, etc... i couldn't stand it for more than 2 hours on my pc, half of which it didnt work.
I tried everything, other PCIE slots, disable firewall/antivirus, resets, restarts, driver reinstall, relearn networks, etc. all a waste of time. Oh and i am using a fairly new TP-Link router too...
I wanted to replace my good old 10$ usb wifi dongle with this, but its not worth the waste of time
I ordered this product, it didn't work very well, ordered a replacement, and it's a bit better (but still not perfect.)
First one: Most drivers were super unreliable and had awful speeds 99% of the time. The Realtek driver fixed it, mostly. It made 2.4 GHz always fast, but 5 GHz sometimes slow (1Mb/s). I was usually able to fix it by unscrewing one antenna, turning off wifi, screwing it back in, and turn wifi back on.
Second one: Much better. Again, other drivers don't work well, only this one does. Occasionally 5GHz speeds drop to 10Mb/s, which I can usually fix by pushing on the adapter a bit and restarting my PC.
Will keep monitoring how well it works, eventually might just have to switch to AC1300 or AC1900. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND you don't try the AC1200 unless it's much cheaper.
Oh, and it's way better than a USB wifi adapter. Same speeds but connection is much more reliable. I can actually play CSGO now.
There was no physical damage done to the adapter and install was easy, it just plugged in and worked, but I will be looking for a new adapter, since I'm getting less then 0.20mbs a second compared to the 8.0mbs on everything else I tested my wifi speed on.
Drivers installed themselves automatically on Windows 10 (install disc not required).
Bluetooth range is good. Wandered outside with my Wonderboom 2 wireless speaker and it worked fine 50 feet away.
WiFi range seems fine. Cannot really speak to maximum speed. Was able to max out my 50 MBPs internet connection, which is nowhere near the rated speed of this card.
- antennae are massive compared to the N300 card on my other machine
- swapping out to the smaller bracket was a bit difficult; took me a while to find the right tool to loosen the locking nuts on the antenna bolts
- that extra little provided wire _must_ be connected to F-USB port on your motherboard for bluetooth to work
- there were more pins on my motherboard (6x2) than the adapter (5x2) but you can use the missing pin in the array to figure out how to attach it