TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15

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TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Image 1
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TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Image 2
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TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Image 3
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TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Image 4
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TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Image 5
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TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Image 6
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TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Image 7
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TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Image 8
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TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 Image 9
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1. AC1300 Dual Band WiFi Adapter: The Archer T3U Plus receives WiFi signals on two separate bands for all your online needs. Choose the 2.4 GHz band for up to 400 Mbps of surfing, emailingand social media, or switch to 5 GHz for up to 867 Mbps of gaming, HD streaming and large file downloads.2. Boosted Throughput with MU-MIMO: MU-MIMO technology can provide two simultaneous data streams, improving the throughput and efficiency of the entire network when working with a compatible MU-MIMO router.3. High Gain Antenna for Broader CoverageA high gain antenna reaches your router from farther with more precise directional range, sustaining faster and more stable wireless connections.4. Adjustable Multi-Directional Antenna: Rotate and adjust the antenna in the multi-direction to improve using experience in different environments.Wireless Standards:IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz, IEEE 802.11a/n/ac 5 GHz.

Facts About TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15

Do you need a cd drive on computer i dont have one ?

You do not. It was plug and play. (On my computer and friends computer anyway)

So can i just have to plug it in into my pc and i get better wifi.

The Archer T3U Plus is designed to provide dual-band, high gain WiFi connectivity for your computer. Please bear in mind that there are various other factors in a WiFi network connection besides just the adapter, such as your router and physical environment. IF your primary concern is that your PC’s existing WiFi adapt… The Archer T3U Plus is designed to provide dual-band, high gain WiFi connectivity for your computer. Please bear in mind that there are various other factors in a WiFi network connection besides just the adapter, such as your router and physical environment. IF your primary concern is that your PC’s existing WiFi adapter is offering sub-optimal reception, this adapter can help. However, if the root of your WiFi woes lie elsewhere in the network, we may recommend doing a little detective work first.

Can i use a 50 ft. usb extension cable? if not what’s the longest?

That would depend on whether it is a passive or active cable. Active cables can be substantially longer than passive cables. Ultimately, the length of the cable that you can use will be limited by the specifications of the cable itself – not the Wi-Fi adapter.

Is this compatible with archer ax3000? i have laptop with intel ac7265 win10 32bit which is not. will this fix that?

You have a laptop with an intel ac7265 which is not what? Not working? This is a separate usb antenna and will not "fix" anything inside of a laptop. Thats now how technology works. This would be used instead of the internal wireless (ac7265) card. As for being compatible the the TP-link Archer Ax3000, then yes to… You have a laptop with an intel ac7265 which is not what? Not working? This is a separate usb antenna and will not "fix" anything inside of a laptop. Thats now how technology works. This would be used instead of the internal wireless (ac7265) card. As for being compatible the the TP-link Archer Ax3000, then yes to that, however, the ax3000 has a theoretical higher throughput than this antenna can fully use. Your router is wifi6 tech, and this antenna is ac tech. The router supports all backwards standards, so it will work "down" to the ac standard. It all dont matter anyway, unless you are getting gig internet. A new interal ac7265 is about the same price as this antenna too, and that also manages your bluetooth connections to the laptop. This antenna would not help with bluetooth. Might be worth a look to replace that card instead. Not hard if there is a door on the laptop to get to it. Just a slot for the card and two little antenna wires. ALso, the separate antenna would work best in a usb 3.0 port if you have one of those to spare.

Not compatible with cellular data?

The Archer T3U Plus is a WiFi network adapter – not a cellular device.

Is there a sim card slot? can i use it with Router?

There is no provision for a SIM card. This is not a cellar device. This is a USB LAN WiFi adapter to allow you to connect to a WiFi network using the computers usb port. This can be used as a replacement for a defective or outdated NIC, or as a stand alone connection to the router. It also does work as a bridged net… There is no provision for a SIM card. This is not a cellar device. This is a USB LAN WiFi adapter to allow you to connect to a WiFi network using the computers usb port. This can be used as a replacement for a defective or outdated NIC, or as a stand alone connection to the router. It also does work as a bridged network adapter of you are using 2 of them.

Is there a usb c version of this

No.

Where is it made?

The Archer T3U Plus WiFi adapter is manufactured in China

Does it work for PS4

I have no idea. I’m using it on a pc. If something is wrong with your ps4 you should definitely take it to a licensed technician who can just replace the broken item. May cost more but it’ll be better because they’ll probably clean everything like your fans and blow all the dust out. Thats just my opinion

What’s the difference between ac600 & ac1300?

The primary difference is that the AC1300 has double the bandwidth capabilities of the AC600.

Will this fit into a MacBook Pro 13 Thunderbolt / USB 4 port? Or is some other adapter required?

This adapter utilizes a standard USB type A port/connector. The Thunderbolt 4 port utilizes the USB type C connector, which cannot interface directly with type A.

In what quantifiable way does the high gain antenna add? is there really a benefit over the tp-link ac1300 usb wifi adapter(archer t3u)?

The 5 dBi High-Gain Antennas greatly enhance the reception and transmission signal strength of the USB adapter.

will this work with my 802.11G netgear rangemax WPN824 v3 router?

Hi! If the router provides 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi, you can install this adapter into a computer via an available USB port to connect to the Wi-Fi network(s) of your router, as long as it is within range.

Is this utilizing the mediatek mt7612u chipset?

I don’t know the technical ins and outs. All I know is it worked immediately!

Does it have an LED light ?

Yes, there is a small green LED on the device.

Info About TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter for Desktop PC, AC1300Mbps USB 3.0 WiFi Dual Band Network Adapter with 2.4GHz/5GHz High Gain Antenna(Archer T3U Plus), MU-MIMO, Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 (Reviews From Amazon)

You’ll need the internet to install drivers

While the package and advertisement states numerous times, easy setup, it isn’t merely plug and play. If you have no internet connection, then you’re out of luck. You need to be able to connect to the internet BEFORE being able to use this. The instructions send you to a website to download the proper drivers. My up to date Windows 10 machine wasn’t able to use this without downloading a driver. From the website, you’ll enter the model number which isn’t the big number on the box, it’s a more complicated model name. Use the help icon to identify where to find it. But the model name doesn’t produce a usable driver. While TP-Link had a driver for the Archer T3U (which didn’t work) it did not have one for the Archer T3U Plus which is the antenna that I had bought. Couldn’t find it on the TP-Link website. I searched the the internet for ‘TP-Link Archer T3U Plus’ and found a link (to my surprise) the driver on the TP-Link website. Technically it was the UK website and I’m in the USA. Download the driver from the UK site and the device works. Device works great, but is a little frustrating that driver install isn’t more straight forward. I have the antenna plugged into a USB C base station which I’ll use for several devices. As long as each device has the driver installed, the wireless works great. Saved me from upgrading Wireless cards in several older laptops.

Was skeptical but now I’m convinced.

I have an older computer that started dropping my internet every now and then. It wasn’t a problem at first but it started happening very frequently in the past few months and had started to become very annoying. So instead of opening up my computer and replacing the Network adapter, I figured ordering this would be much, much easier. So I ordered this product yesterday and I received it today, 12/9/20. I inserted the CD into my desktop and then proceeded to install the drivers. Right away, my internet stopped working. I looked at my Wi-fi Network Configuration and I saw that it didn’t recognize the new adapter. Well this is a problem because I’m working from home and I need my internet to work! So, I just restarted the computer to see if that what would happen and it turns out that’s what fixed the problem. As you can see from the included screenshot, I tested my wifi signal on 12/5. Then I tested it twice today with the first test being while my VPN was active (the middle result) and the one at the top is with my VPN turned off. It’s a big difference to say the least. Now webpages open up almost immediately now, whereas before, it wasn’t nearly as fast. FYI, my internet speed is 100/100 MB/s (download/upload). Now I truly get these speeds, and I am very happy with my purchase.

Worked straight out of the box and continues to work well

I needed wifi for a cheap PC I was building just to show my son how to do it. I bought this unit based on price (very inexpensive), good ratings, and my own personal satisfactory experience with the TP-Link brand.

I read reports saying that I’d need internet access to download drivers to install. I can only tell you that on the Windows 10 build — using Windows installation media downloaded in early January 2021 — the adapter was recognized and proper drivers installed during the Windows installation. YMMV, I suppose, perhaps based on the age of the installation media you’re using.

The adapter itself is unremarkable. The antenna barely pokes above the top of our mid-tower case, but obviously placement will vary depending on available USB slots. Tucked away in a corner of our basement, it has a strong signal to our wifi mesh, connects at 5 GHz, and matches the download speeds of all the other devices in our house connecting via wi-fi.

This was about as painless and satisfactory an experience as I can imagine with a wi-fi adaptor. Like I said, this was for a cheap build, but I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this again if I needed wi-fi for a “real” build.

Gotta have the antenna!

Bought a USB wifi adapter from Cudy here on Amazon but it was spotty. I’d be cruising along and all the sudden “page cannot be displayed”. I’d unplug it from the USB hub and plug it back in and 5 mins later had internet but that got annoying quick. My office, with my servers, is way on the other side of the home, several walls between the router and the desktop so the Cudy would probably be ok for most people. There highest I achieved was 585Mbps. Returned it and bought THIS. 780Mbps (833 sometimes) and not a single drop in the 10 days I’ve owned it. No small feat considering my home layout. The external antenna and the MIMO feature must be the difference. MIMO is common in most routers since 2019 and what it does it create a direct line to the device. Instead of throwing out a fanned-out range of signal which the adapter can tap into, MIMO connects directly to the device… Or at least tries to. MIMO is an important feature on a router and for the Cudy to NOT have it was a problem. I don’t like NOT maximizing my gear. This is also usb 3.0, which can make a huge difference in device to device transfers inside the home. Probably won’t effect your DOWNLOADED stuff from your ISP unless you pay $200 a month for your cable company’s 1Gbps plan. I get 200Mbps so anything above that is gravy. BUT, if I was to send a file from my laptop to my desktop via the intranet, every Mbps counts. This was only 2 or 3 dollars more and for the antenna and MIMO it’s all worth it. The antenna isn’t just for show either…I can increase my signal strength by adjusting the antenna. Right now I have it flat, instead of straight up and my signal went from 585mbps to, like I said, 780 and even 833. I’ve never seen higher than 625Mbps on my office desktop. Of course I researched these like I was buying a used car, so you can take my word for it. Comes with driver CD. Put the disc in, run setup, plug the device into a USB 3.0 slot and you’re ready to go. You can play with the placement after that… Right click on the wifi signal icon in there bottom right of the taskbar and click properties, then Status and watch the Mbps change. Find the sweet spot and leave it there. It’s a great product for under $35… Mine was only $16 and change I believe. TP-Link is a decade(s) old networking company and they make good stuff. Hope this helps! D

Lessons Learned MAC

Lesson Learned – This is working perfectly now and we are very pleased, but I want to share a couple of lessons learned.

1. In Network Settings, the Mac recognized the installed device as an Ethernet Adaptor, not as a WIFI Adapter.
2. You’re going to need to install the driver (see directions) before this can give you access to wifi, so you’ll either need to install that from the included disk, or if you have some internet connectivity, from the site as referenced in the included instructions. If you have neither, the download the right driver on another computer, copy it to a flash drive or card, and install from there. If you do this, make sure you download the driver for the target machine and not for the machine being used to download it.
3. Lastly, once installed, if the driver icon looks green with a good wifi signal but you have no internet access, then re-boot your router and then shut the computer down and turn it on again. This situation can occur when the router is unable to dynamically assign a new IP Address to the adapter.

Hope this helps someone.

Worked w/ 2012 Macbook Pro

The Wifi chip on older Macbooks has weak range and bandwidth. Was having issues with our Gigabit network and reliability upstairs in the bedroom. This solved the speed/reliability issues. I don’t know that I got a huge speed bump…maybe 20-30% but was going more for reliability which definitely helped.

Interestingly the software creates a 2nd wifi connection so you can be connected with both the built in and the TP Link device. I’m not sure if the computer draws on both at once and synthesizes them…but it seemed my fastest speeds were with both on at once.

Also, speeds are different depending how it is hooked up. Got the best performance hooked up directly. It was decent through a hub and worst through the USB port on the back of the Mac Thunderbolt monitor.

Overall a good device and glad I went for the name brand one. Easy driver install through the included CD…but can also just drag the files from the CD onto a USB drive on another computer if you have no CD/DVD drive. This was what I did for the second computer.

It worked!

Can’t believe this worked. Well I guess I should because it’s what it’s advertised to do. Long story short, my office laptop is in the room furthest from the xfinity modem. I noticed that there was a discepency between my phone’s speed test vs my 2018 Asus laptop’s speed test. Phone was getting 90mbs vs the laptop which was getting 16mbs. I didn’t want to she’ll out the money for a router so I tried an extender, that didn’t work. But lo and behold, this antenna worked. Now I’m getting 175 mbs. Lol, this is madness. I wonder how many peoples situation could have been helped by increasing the signal at the computer as compared to the modem. Great product. Note: plug in to usb, go to website and download appropriate drivers, enter wifi password, disabled onboard wifi. Done.

GREAT FOR MOST INTERNET USES BUT NOT SO GREAT FOR GAMING.

For most internet activities this is fine. You want to watch You Tube or some other streaming service this is fine. If bandwidth is not critical consideration then this provides enough bandwidth to do the job. In gaming the stakes are much higher and the need for unfettered bandwidth more vital to success in gaming. With most games multiplayer you need a strong internet connection to insure lag or latency issues are not your undoing at a critical juncture of your gaming experience.

In gaming you are only as good as your internet provider, your bandwidth and your system resources. Wireless can’t hold a candle to a wired internet connection when it comes to gaming. for the newer co-operative games. For older titles without multiplayer you are fine. For any modern multiplayer game that makes high bandwidth demands aired is the only way to go. Save this solution for when you are leisurely shopping on Amazon.com not playing co-op video games or aggressively sniping on auction websites.

Inexpensive USB Wifi Adapter

The key to using this adapter is to download the correct driver. I understand from others that if you go to their website, the driver is not the correct one. I just Googled the adapter driver and it took me to their web site, but not the location that comes up if you go there first and look up that adapter. I placed the driver I downloaded on my desktop and as soon as the adapter arrived, I ran the driver and inserted the adapter in a USB 3 port on my computer. That was pretty much it; it just worked right off the bat. This is probably not the absolute fastest AC adapter out there, but for under $20, I don’t think you will find a faster/better one. This replaced the N Wifi adapter card built in my computer; I will eventually replace this adapter with an AX USB adapter when they become available at a reasonable price to work with my Google Fiber, but this is plenty fast for now and very small and easy to install.

It’s fast and WORKS! Update

Just installed with the software from the CD that came with the Archer T3U Plus WiFi adapter and on both the 5Ghz and 2.4GHz bands this thing screams! Have it on a PC at the other end of the house and so far it works fine with no problems at all installing with the included software.
Update 3/11/22 here, had it in for about a month now and still working great! I am a Linksys router fan because of years of experience using them and seeing them in many equipment rooms working for years so now I am using a WRT3200ACM with high gain antennas and had a Linksys WUSB6400M adapter before this and this thing kicks it’s butt and about 1/3 the cost. So why not try one? And this is at my home, not a business, and I’m not getting paid to say this. I just tell the truth about equipment that does or does not work!
Ordered this little gizmo around 2/16/21, got it, installed it and it is still working great! This is on a PC running Windows 10 Pro and is still the fastest adapter like this I have ever had on a PC! It’s a little screamer!!

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