TP-Link USB Wifi Adapter for PC AC1300Mbps Wireless Network Adapter for Desktop with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Dual Band 5dBi Antennas, Supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7, Mac OS (Archer T4U Plus)High-Speed, Dual Band WiFiThe Archer T4U Plus grants your PC access to 802.11ac technology while receiving WiFi signals on two separate bands, boosting speeds up to 1.3 Gbps (up to 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps on 5 GHz). This means better networking experience for all your online needs. Choose the 2.4 GHz band for web browsing, email, and social media, or switch to 5 GHz for gaming, HD streaming, and large file downloads.Dual High-Gain Antennas, Broader CoverageTwo powerful 5 dBi high-gain external antennas ensure stronger signal transmission and reception between web devices and your router even from farther away or across multiple walls and floors. Enjoy stable wireless connections and faster speeds without WiFi drops and lag.A Great Match for Faster SpeedsConnect the newest hardware with USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is specially suited for the 802.11ac WiFi protocol and utilizes its transfer rate for better connections. Take full advantage of USB 3.0 and 802.11ac WiFi for optimized network performance.Flexible Design, Easy SetupThe adapter’s desktop-style design and 1.0 m USB cable help you find the best spot for network reception. Enjoy an easy and desktop-friendly setup for flexible deployment.
Facts About TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter, AC1300Mbps Dual Band 5dBi High Gain Antenna 2.4GHz/ 5GHz Wireless Network Adapter for Desktop PC (Archer T4U Plus)- Supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7, Mac OS 10.9 – 10.14
Yes, the USB cable is detachable from the adapter.
I highly recommend this adapter!
Download is 2/3 of 1300. Upload is the other 1/3.
Hi! This product (Archer T4U Plus) is a USB Wi-Fi adapter. It is designed to provide Wi-Fi reception capabilities to a computer via an available USB port, so the computer can detect and connect to Wi-Fi networks within range.
You will first need to identify your router’s 5GHz WiFi network, then on your computer, select it and connect to it. Please ensure your router supports 5GHz and is currently broadcasting on the 5GHz band. If you have a Mesh WiFi router or your router’s 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi bands have the same name, they will appear as … You will first need to identify your router’s 5GHz WiFi network, then on your computer, select it and connect to it. Please ensure your router supports 5GHz and is currently broadcasting on the 5GHz band. If you have a Mesh WiFi router or your router’s 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi bands have the same name, they will appear as a single, unified selection. In this case, your router’s network names should be assigned unique/separate identifiers if you wish to see and connect to them separately.
No, the antennas are not detachable.
Hi! Yes, it will install and function. However, please bear in mind that the USB 2.0 standard operates at a maximum throughput of 480Mbps, which may result in a potential bottleneck of the adapter’s maximum speed over a particular Wi-Fi band. For example, the Archer T4U Plus supports speeds of up to 400Mbps via 2.4Ghz … Hi! Yes, it will install and function. However, please bear in mind that the USB 2.0 standard operates at a maximum throughput of 480Mbps, which may result in a potential bottleneck of the adapter’s maximum speed over a particular Wi-Fi band. For example, the Archer T4U Plus supports speeds of up to 400Mbps via 2.4Ghz – so you shouldn’t see a bottleneck if using this band. However, the 5GHz band offers up to 867Mbps if using USB 3.0, so in your case, the adapter would not be able to reach 867Mbps theoretical maximum if using a USB 2.0 port.
This is 802.11AC so it’s WiFi 5.
go into device advice properties, change the some the value (this depend on your network, you will have to try one at time). i have do on my network to increase bandwidth from 8mb to 60 mb.
Hi! There are too many variables in a Wi-Fi network to say specifically that this will remedy your particular issue. Please note this is a Wi-Fi adapter designed to provide high gain connectivity on your PC – it is not a Wi-Fi extender for your whole network. That said, if the issue us currently being caused by poor Wi… Hi! There are too many variables in a Wi-Fi network to say specifically that this will remedy your particular issue. Please note this is a Wi-Fi adapter designed to provide high gain connectivity on your PC – it is not a Wi-Fi extender for your whole network. That said, if the issue us currently being caused by poor Wi-Fi performance on your computer’s existing Wi-Fi adapter, then using a high gain adapter may help for that PC’s connection.
Supported operating systems include Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7, macOS.
Hi! This adapter is designed to be installed in your PC so your computer can detect and connect to 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks within range.
The Wi-Fi adapter has nothing to do with whether or not a website responds quickly.
You plug it in to USB, doesn’t matter if desktop or laptop. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, so it will work on almost any device going back to 2002 ish.
I’m using it on a Windows 10 Lenovo desktop. Seems like the needed drivers are already in Windows 10. That would be the case for other Windows 10 desktops, too.
If you are asking whether a computer can connect to an iPhone hotspot using this adapter, then yes.
Info About TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter, AC1300Mbps Dual Band 5dBi High Gain Antenna 2.4GHz/ 5GHz Wireless Network Adapter for Desktop PC (Archer T4U Plus)- Supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7, Mac OS 10.9 – 10.14 (Reviews From Amazon)
Since i work from home my desk is in the spare bedroom which I refer to as a dead zone. Cell phones cannot get a wifi signal and the wifi connection for laptops are almost non-existent.
My laptop is a I7 Dell inspiron with windows 10.
After reading reviews this may not be compatible with Linux which does not bother me.
The internal laptop card would read .5 to 3mbs a second and I realized since my work is mostly cloud based I found that even though I hit save multiple times I kept losing my work. Due to a poor connection.
I first thought bigger is always better so I went with a different brand wifi USB adapter that was AC1750 it connected at 1300mbs but the adapter would get extremely hot and it would cause my router to crash causing complete internet loss for everyone in the house. I thought it was an issue with my router so over the course of a two week period i changed my router 3 times. I even tried it on my friends AT&T network and it crashed his router as well. So I returned it and Got the TP-Link AC1300.
The AC1300 transfers at 630mbs from the dead zone and it does not overload the rest of my equipment. It has been reliable thus far. I do not have any regrets about buying this.
I will update my review in 6 months.
If you are on the fence about getting this vs another one avoid the headache and just get this.
Plugged this as a replacement for an old Archer T2U adapter into a Windows 10 desktop and wow, the speed difference is immense!
Old adapter: 2.4ghz 20mbps speed, 5ghz 15mbps speed
New adapter: 2.4ghz 40mbps speed, 5ghz 140(!!!) mbps speed
The only thing to note is that this adapter does not use a USB extension, but uses a USB 3 to micro-usb cable. This means that you cannot plug this adapter directly into a laptop, but must use a cable to connect them. It’s fine for me since this means my PC can be under the desk and the adapter can sit on the desk where it gets a clear signal.
I initially had trouble getting full Internet speeds on my desktop (it was stuck on half the speed when running speed tests) but when the adapter was tested on my laptop, I had no issues.
I noticed my laptop was fully updated to the latest version of Windows 10 and my desktop was not. Once I updated my desktop’s Windows 10, I was able to get full speeds.
Two reasons for 4 stars
1) Updating the driver is confusing. When you first install it, the default driver is from 2109. It comes with a CD to install a newer driver from April 2020. Searching for the latest driver via Windows Update says you have the latest already installed even if you have the 2019 version.
If you are looking to download the latest driver off the TP-Link website, you are given 2 options. V1.8 (which is what the latest one is according to the label on the bottom) and V1. V1.8 will take you to a page where there are no drivers to download, just the manual. If you want to download the latest driver, you have to select V1. This will also work for V1.8 device.
2) In the devices, properties in the Advanced tab > Wireless Mode, you may need to switch the Value from Auto to a specific value like IEEE 802.11a/n/ac to achieve full speed.
I bought this product because I have Gigabit internet speed, but my WIFI card is only capable of connecting at half that speed (less depending on which network band it decides to use). I’ve purchased USB WIFI adapters in the past and found that they worked fine when they stayed connected, but the connection was unreliable.
I found this item and read nothing but good reviews (save for the complaining about the drivers being on a CD). I disabled my built-in WIFI card, connected the adapter to one of my USB 3.0 ports, and installed the drivers using the provided CD. I have not had any connection issues, and the adapter constantly connects on the 5 GHz band. Both my speed tests and various downloads have increased by at least 4X since using this adapter, I’ve had no connection issues, and the internet even connects immediately after I wake the computer from sleep mode; that didn’t always happen with my built-in WIFI card.
Overall, I have been very happy with this item and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a faster internet connection, but would prefer a less expensive and quicker alternative to purchasing and installing a new WIFI card.
After reading many negative reviews I decided to try this anyway, because some people that write bad reviews just have other problems unrelated to the product.
It worked immediately after plugging it in to Windows 10, but only connected at 2.4GHz at first. I use the same SSID for both bands, so the device can choose which band to use. I did see nearby 5GHz access points, so 5GHz was functional. I checked the advanced properties and didn’t see a way to force 2.4/5 GHz operation. At this point I took the CD that came with it and tossed it aside and then download the latest driver on https://www.tp-link.com/us/. There are two Win 10 drivers listed with the newest driver nearest the top of the list. The driver installed with no problems and the adapter connected to 5Ghz just fine after updating.
My only real complaint is that the adapter base is not weighted enough. The USB cord is very nice, heavy gauge wire and unless you tweak it just right the adapter will tip in whatever direction the cord pulls it. I’m tempted to glue a magnet to the bottom or try to add weight somehow but I don’t want to interfere with the WiFi signals. Some of that blue adhesive putty you use to hang posters or secure knickknacks to your shelves would work to keep it secure too.
The speed was many many times better than it was with my previous adapter which was a tplink n300, I went from about 20mbps to 330mbps. It claims to support 867mbps on 5GHz, but that is probably only under ideal conditions and very short range. The number of nearby networks also increased which tells me the range is much better than it was with the little dongle type adapter.
Overall, for the price, this is a great adapter. I would buy it again.
Oh and it doesn’t claim to support Linux, although that doesn’t always mean a product won’t work on Linux either now or in the future. I didn’t have a chance to test it with Linux yet so I can’t say for sure.
I have a fast desktop PC (Windows 10) that I use for work and games. It has a Qualcomm card that supports 2.4 GHz only and whose antennas are at the back of the PC under the desk. That card got only 80 Mbps down/66 Mbps up even though I have 1 GB Google Fiber, so I wired my room for ethernet (800/900 Mbps+ both ways). I needed to move my office to a room with no ethernet so I bought this. Easy setup, and compared to the old bard (80/66 Mbps, 15ms ping) I am getting 175/229 Mbps with 5ms ping. That’s a big enough improvement that I can safely move my home office.
Also the unit looks nice and being able to position it on my desk instead of sticking out of the front of the PC is great.
This Wi-Fi adapter was easy to install on my Windows 10 computer. Just plugged it in and installed the driver. It’s light and compact and I like that the antenna is separate from the USB end so I can position it on my desk.
I was worried it might be difficult to use because I am using it at a hotel that has pop-up Wi-Fi login requirements. It was easy. As soon as the driver was installed, and I selected it as my network adapter, the hotel’s pop-up login launched into a browser window and it worked fine after I entered my credentials.
The speed of the adapter seems fine, but I have honestly not tested it to see how fast it is. I’m guessing it’s way faster than my download speed offered to me at the hotel.
Three minor things, none of which detract from my review:
1. The USB cable that plugs into the device has one of those odd, wide Micro B ends. Just remember that if you lose it, it’s not a standard USB cable on both ends, or even the common B-end like you find on printers. It’s the kind of Micro B port like you find on portable 2.5″ drives. The other end of the cable is a standard USB A plug.
2. You need to be able to download the installer off the product support page. I had to do it off of another Wi-Fi computer, and transfer it with a thumb drive, because the computer I am using this on only has a wired adapter. Don’t get yourself in a chicken and egg scenario. You do need the driver so your computer will see it as a network adapter.
3. It does require a 3.0 port for power.
The absolute maximum transfer rate for my Asus router (2015) had never been reached until now. Not even with a laptop in the same room as the router. But THIS thing, is pulling a steady SOLID 866Mbps which is the max. I’ve never seen it before when looking in the windows adapter status, and it’s connected to my office computer which is through two rooms, a right turn into the hallway, down another 20 foot hallway, a left turn into the office and the desktop is on the far wall. I have it plugged into a USB 3.1 port (a PCI card that I upgraded), but it was doing the same at 3.0. I was having wifi issues and bought this to replace the current wifi adapter, which was very similar, but bounced back and forth from 450-700ish no matter how I positioned the antennas. My wifi issue was on the cable company’s side after all but I kept this one anyway. Transferring from PC to PC in the house is laughably fast. I wonder when I upgrade the router to wifi 6 if it will hang with that one as well, we’ll see. I wanted to make sure I got one with MIMO, which creates a direct line from the adapter to the router, because in 2015 MIMO routers were 40% more. But I’ve finally got my desktop server solid and steady and as fast as it can be. That’s always the goal, isn’t it? Getting the most out of our tech gear – actually that goes for almost everything in life. Don’t search too much longer, just make sure you have a USB 3.0 slot open – I don’t think 2.0 goes up to 866Mbps, which would make a bottleneck. I’m very happy with it. For $20ish, it’s a no brainier. Comes with a CD I think, but I didn’t need it. Plugged it’s in, waited for Windows to make the ding dong noise and selected by ssid. A couple times my ssid didn’t show up and I simply rebooted – but that could have been a bunch of things. Enjoy! D
Following a move to a big and old house, I have spent the past 2 weeks tearing my hair out as I have tried dongles, wi-fi extenders, and a similar appearing network adapter with two antennae to no avail. One device worked well for a few days then mysteriously died, unable to achieve the strength of the 10 dollar dongle.
Even 60 ft and two half walls (old school plaster/lath walls) away the internet page swaps snap. Installation was truly plug and play (not quite as I am using the drivers installed from the CD Rom), with no fussing over finding the magic setting set that gets it done. Even the local infinity hot spot is able to deliver a reasonable streaming experience, whereas before I needed just the right conditions to latch on and hold the connection.
This was PC mags bang for the buck pick, and unless you have really high speed needs the AC1300 specs were plenty. With the local provider I pulled in 60D/12U in my remote location, which is almost as good as next to the router. The weaker hot spot signal was about 1/2 that.
This truly made my day as I contemplated having to run a very long LAN cable from the other end of the house or split the incoming signal and use a second router, and given it’s a rental home, neither option was attractive.
I’ll update if I run into troubles later, but for now happy as a clam.
After considering my options, I opted to try this device to boost my wifi connection. And it sure turbo-boosted it. My router is in the closet of our second floor, and I work downstairs. My connection is on another wall and is about 20-25 feet from my work area. Network mesh is too expensive, the extender I bought was useless as it dropped almost 50%. But this, just killed it!
I work from home and my work involves VPN connection to different company sites and servers, and most of the time has to downloadupload huge data files. I was satisfied to get a 90-180 Mbps before, but this adapter gives me 280-385 Mbps! It is just awesome.
It did mess up my wireless mouse as both were connected to a hub but I moved the USBs of mouse and keyboard to separate USB ports and all now work seamlessly.
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