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5.0 out of 5 stars Commodity Product With An Interesting Plus, 19 Aug 2012
This review is from: TP-Link TL-WN823N 300Mbps Mini Wireless N USB Adapter (Personal Computers)
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This TP-Link USB wireless adapator uses a common Realtek chip and is recognised by Windows Vista or 7 without needing to use the supplied disk; just plug it into a spare port and the driver will be installed automatically. Experience has taught me that it's invariably simpler to use Windows wireless management than to install peripheral manufacturer utilities.

Windows will support more than one wireless adaptor simultaneously, but of course can only use one at a time for network access. To test this adaptor in its primary role I disabled my laptop's internal wireless card, and after entering my wireless password flawless network access was obtained using the TL-WN823N. I could not say it works better than competing devices, and I would not expect it to, but as a cheap way to upgrade an older computer to N standard wireless I unreservedly recommend it.

So in terms of its core functionality the TL-WN823N is a competent performer, but it has another trick up it sleeve, it can be configured in Windows 7 as a wireless AP (access point) for the purpose of sharing an internet connection. For this to work the TP-Link utility software must be installed from the disk, and then SoftAP mode (for such it is called) is easily selected. The pdf manual seems to suggest it is possible to have the TL-WN823N both connect to a wireless router AND be an AP, I quote:

"With this feature, a computer can use a single physical wireless adapter to connect as a client to a hardware access point while at the same time acting as a software AP allowing other wireless-capable devices to connect to it."

But I could not achieve that result, if I used the TL-WN823N to connect to a router it would indeed also perform as an AP visible to other devices, but would not share an internet connection. If I used it to share a wired connection that worked fine. Possibly I will revisit that challenge and update this review accordingly.

To conclude, if you need a USB wireless N adaptor the TL-WN823N is a good one. Small, neat, with a full 300Mbps spec at an attractive price and carrying a three-year guarantee. The AP feature is something you may never need, but is a differentiation that sets the TL-WN823N apart from the crowd, and if you do need it someday you'll be very glad you chose this product.
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2013 14:50:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Aug 2013 15:10:59 BDT
This review appears underneath a product called a "TP Link TL-WDN3200 N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter"

which is clearly not the same thing as

the TL-WN823N which this particular review is actually about...

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2013 16:24:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Aug 2013 16:27:13 BDT
Clearly there is an error with Amazon's review linking. I notice that both products have 338 reviews, which would be a most unlikely coincidence unless the system believes the TL-WDN3200 and TL-WN823N to be the same thing. But definitely I was supplied with the TL-WN823N.

Now I've noticed that the lower three photos on the TL-WDN3200 page are of the TL-WN823N, so the two have been confused on the system.
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