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TP-LINK TG-3269 32-bit Gigabit PCI Network Interface Card
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2010
Despite the other reviews my card was recognised by the PCI bus, but the driver software refused to install correctly when selecting 'Search the best driver' from the supplied disk for WinXP folder. Going to the TP-Link website there was a Support item on how to install the driver manually. Using this instruction the driver installed perfectly. So, the install paperwork for this card is very poor.
Update 1: I've now purchased six of these cards which installed and worked perfectly using a manual install, but one has just died after being in use for about 3 weeks: I'm hoping the rest keep working.
Update 2: I've now been using these cards for several months with two different 1 Gb network switches and they all suffer quite frequent network disconnects. Searching the web reveals that the RealTek RTL8169 chip is under suspicion for being associated with network disconnects so I won't be buying any more of these cards just in case they are the problem.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2010
Switch off PC, install PCI card, connect cable, switch back on and on Windows 7 it installs itself with no user input.

Copying files between PCs is now as fast as local disc access, so files can be anywhere but behave like they are local.

Does exactly what it says on the box.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2011
bought this to replace a god awfully slow 100mb networkcard in a older machine which was starting to get on my nerves when transfering big files. (takes way over a day just to transfer over 30gigs worth of files) so I needed more speed and this lil'baby does the job. easy to install, easy to configure and had the system back up and running in no time bish bash bosh.

there are more expensive cards out there - but lets face it, if you really need to consider buying one of these networkcards then its obviously going to be for a old (or really old) machine. something thats probably not worth spending a lot of money on. this fits the bill nicely. if you dont need it in a hurry, save a few quid with the supersaver delivery and grab yourself a beer instead. you cant beat this price
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2010
Fitted it - worked straight away first time - gives over 300 Mbps in the limited tests I've done to a NAS server - great value product.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2010
On Windows XP Service Pack 3, this was a little bit weird to install.

1. I shut off the computer, disconnected all the cables, then I touched a metal radiator to earth myself.
2. Opened the case, put the card into a normal PCI slot (one of the several white ones, for those who do not know.)
3. Put everything back on. Switched on the PC. The green lights on the back of the card came on.
4. After the computer booted, it detected the new card, but it did not automatically install it.
5. So I put the CD given into the drive. Even then the computer was unable to install it automatically.
6. So I went to System, then Device Manager, then I reinstalled the driver manually. The driver for XP is in the TG-3269 folder, then the XP folder.

It only worked after I installed it manually. It seems fine now.

Would have been MUCH better with a simple setup.exe program that would have automatically detected the version of Windows and just installed it on its own. Much better.

Can't really go too far wrong for £5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2011
Upgraded from 10/100 to 1Gbps. Disabled on-board LAN in the BIOS. Plugged in card. Booted up PC. Windows 7 detected it automatically. XP needed the CD to install driver. Ubuntu detected it automatically. Speed over our network now to around between 15 and 30+ MB/sec depending on which hardware involved (NAS/SSD or normal hard drive etc). Very happy. Seems excellent value at £6.70 with free postage. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2011
Item arrived on time so very pleased with that. My old ethernet port was struck by lighting and I've been meaning to replace it. I must say this one is perfect. I installed it within 3 minutes of opening the box. I didn't need to install any drivers as it installed automatically because I'm using Windows 7.

My speed has increased because if this PCI. All in all I'm one happy camper. Price is a bargain too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2012
I bought this card based on some of the other reviews and because it seemed to be compatible with Windows 7, whereas some of the others seemed to require drivers downloading etc.
I had a little panic when I started to install it as I noted 2 notches on the card in the bit that goes in the PCI slot, and my slot only had 1 notch. However a quick search on the internet (on a wireless laptop - at least I could still get online), explained that it was a newer type card and was fully usable in the '1 notch' type PCI slot.
The card slotted in easily and was working immediately upon booting the PC - in fact it seemed to connect even quicker than the old card before it broke!
So far there have been no problems so I would definitely recommend this card if you want easy installation in a Windows 7 PC.
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on 2 May 2015
Purchased this to upgrade my media server, which had an on-board 100Mb/s NIC, to Gigabit connection. Prior to installation I ran a speed test and a 6GB file moved from my media server to my desktop PC at around 90Mb/s, and the same speed going the other way from the desktop PC to the media server, so virtually at the full speed of the on-board interface. My media server runs Windows 7, and when I installed this card I initially kept the on-board interface enabled to allow internet access in case Windows 7 had to access the internet for drivers. Windows happily found drivers and installation was completed with no need to use the supplied driver disk.
I then disabled the on-board NIC, connected my media server to my network using this card, and repeated my speed test. The same 6GB file transferred to my desktop PC at around 500Mb/s, so a 5x improvement, however going back to the media server the fastest speed attained was 212Mb/s. I doubt this is any fault of the network card though, I imagine it is the low spec of the processor in the media server making the write-speed of the hard drive limit the transfer speed.
Overall I think I've got a bargain. At less than 6 quid, delivered, I have at least a 5-fold improvement in file delivery speed from the media server.
Included in the box was a half-height bracket for adapting the card to use in low-profile cases, making it an even bigger bargain (but a smaller NIC !)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2010
TP-LINK 32-bit Gigabit PCI Network Interface Card (TG-3269), Realtek RTL8169SC

This arrived within 3 days of ordering. It was bought to upgrade an old PC where Windows 7[32bit] would not recognise the existing on-board ethernet chip.

It worked straight out of the box. Just install the card and switch the PC on. Windows 7 recognised it straight away and installed it from its own driver base (The included software CD is not needed). Excellent result.
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