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TP-Link - Archer T9E AC1900 Dual-Band PCI Express Network Adapter - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 36 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Fast Wireless Card

    Posted
    Mastermind278
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Archer T9E is without a doubt the next best thing to using a a wired Ethernet connection on a desktop. I have always been a big advocate of hardwired connections for desktops, but we all know that at times this is not possible due to many various issues. Today with the various wireless AC routers, the barriers that I previously had no longer seem to exist with using wireless. I got the T9E to go to a desktop we had in our second floor (I have my networking equipment in the home office in the first floor). Running a wire upstairs was going to take a lot more work than I really wanted to endeavor. Nonetheless, I felt this card could be the best option. When I first got the card, I was completely impressed that it actually came with both the long and short cover. which naturally helps as we were going to use this on an HTPC which is in a smaller case. It was simple to swap out the long cover to the short. The actual card looked sturdy and it was great that it had 3 antennas to really maximize the signal and quality of the signal. It has a nice little heat sink to help keep it cool too. It has a PCI-Ex1 plug which is good for the card plus is able to plug-in to all the other various PCI-Ex* slots. I initially installed the card on my brand new Windows 10 install. The drivers did not automatically download via Windows Update. However, I naturally pulled up the TP-Link site and was able to download the drivers to make it work, simple and easy. The product does come with a CD however, I do not have a disk drive on the HTPC I was using, so I was able to just download it and throw it on a flash drive. Once the card was up and running, I was amazed by the speeds I was able to achieve with it. I currently have Comcast's Xfinity Blast service. I am more than capable of maximizing my internet connection speeds (150/10 - I actually get more on both Ethernet and now wireless) while still maintaining great ping times. Another thing I had to verify with the card was moving files back and forth within my LAN. I have a NAS which contains most of our files including very large files. In all my tests I did, the wireless card handled the load perfectly (the limiting factor actually came down to my disk drives as it was maximizing their read/write speeds). Being that this card is being used in a HTPC, I also had to test various streaming video services. I had no buffering issues at all. All in all, I am very happy with the T9E. It works better than I would have expected for a wireless card. No matter what I threw at it, it handled everything perfectly. I have no reservations recommending this wireless card to everyone. It's without a doubt the perfect replacement for an Ethernet connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality WiFi card

    Posted
    jake
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is a well made WiFi card. It's a sturdy, solidly build card, and it works very well. The default drivers (from TP-Link's site) are okay but very outdated. Newer drivers can be downloaded from third party sites. Both the older and newer drivers work perfectly fine under Windows 10, although TP-Link's management utility does not detect the card (which is fine with me, as Windows is more than capable of managing the card by itself). There are a plethora of configuration options for this card under Windows, far more than my previous TP-Link card had, which is quite nice. The antennas the card came with are, well, bog-standard antennas. They aren't bad, but they're not the greatest if you have some walls to go through and want 5GHz, so I hooked the card up to a set of Super Power Supply 9dBi antennas via three heavily shielded TP-Link TL-ANT24EC3S 10ft extension cables, and relocated the antennas to the other side of my desk for better signal. Overall, I'm satisfied with this card, although I do want to note that due to 802.11ac's inherent issues with 256-QAM, don't expect to achieve the maximum data rate of 1300Mbps. This card tops out at 878Mbps for me, which I am satisfied with. You can only expect to achieve maximum data rates with an actual line-of-sight to the router or some equivalent situation where the 5GHz signal is exceptionally strong, which I don't have, and even powerful antennas and shielded extension cables cannot overcome this limitation (although they did dramatically boost my 5GHz signal strength).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Pathetic bandwidth/ No drivers

    Posted
    Joshmp5
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    After multiple hours of research and budget options, I decided to purchase this product. My machine is custom, and towards the higher end of the spectrum. My ISP is Google Fiber, and my speed tops out around 980 down 980 up depending on the time of day. My router is the Asus AC 2400 wireless router, and sits about 3 feet with no blockage from my computer.. I'm also well versed in routing and switching and consider myself to be good at it, as it is what I do for a living. With that being said, I was excited to install this network adapter. As a few of the review replies from the company state, you download drivers from their website and let windows install them. After following those directions step by step, to the letter, my wireless speed is 35 down/ 6 up. I've spent about 5 hours on multiple forums (including TP link's, and have seen masses of people complaining that their Windows 10 drivers are garbage. This network adapter does not work as advertised. I have tried many different drivers, everything on the TP link website and many different generic Broadcom driver sets which were recommended by many forums. TP link forums are littered with people which have complained that they still have not released a driver that works fully with Windows 10. Even after trying all the different drivers, this adapter will not achieve speeds any larger than 35down/6up. It is advertised to be capable of 1.3gbs on the 5Ghz band, which obviously my router is FULLY capable of. With my ISP giving me speeds of well over 900 down and up, it is disappointing that I have wasted my time with this junk equipment. If I could give negative stars, I would. Please do not waste your time with this adapter. It is WAY more of a headache than it should be.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TPLinkSupport

      Hi there, thanks for the review and feedback!

      We'll be more than happy to address the concerns you have about your PCIe Adapter.

      We’re sorry to hear you experienced these difficulties, and we recommend installing the recently released beta driver for the Archer T9E which is available on our website below. Please follow the steps outlined in the driver release notes when installing.

      http://www.tp-link.com/us/download/Archer-T9E.html#Driver

      If you'd like assistance with any of these steps, please send an e-mail with your contact information and a copy of this review to USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com and we'll gladly have a Support Agent follow up with you directly.

      Thank you again for your feedback. We hope you'll keep TP-Link in mind for your future networking needs.

      Best Regards,

      TP-Link Customer Support
      (866) 225-8139
      USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than any USB, FAST, great for gaming

    Posted
    Alex
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This card has been great. It's currently in use in my gaming desktop. My PC is located at the opposite end of the house from the router (~35 yards, multiple rooms and walls in between) and I am getting an average of around 45ms ping. It is also able to stream 1080p movies & shows without issue. I can tell a huge difference in performance compared to the USB adapter I was using previously. I have been using this network card for over 5 months and my experience with the T9E so far has been feeling like I have a hardwired ethernet connection. Two thumbs up. Also, as stated in previous reviews, you have to download and install the driver before it will work in Windows 10. So make sure you have a way of getting that. Be aware of Microsoft and their automatic updates. The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 caused this card to stop working morning of 11/5/2017, probably an issue with the driver. I was forced to rollback the update to get wifi back. Since rolling back, the wifi still works great so I am blaming Microsoft for that one and hoping a fix is released.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    189.96 mpbs is the fastest speed I can get

    Posted
    Harper907
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased this so I could move my computer further away from my router. I have a Netgear NightHawk 1900AC router that has a 5ghz signal that supports 1300 mpbs. I moved my computer about 50feet away from my router on the same floor. Installed and setup the TP-Link. Verified Firmware was up to date. After a couple of tweaks and network tuning. I was able get a max download of 175-190 mpbs download through speedtest.net. My upload stayed at 50mpbs on both LAN and Wifi. However my LAN download speed is 850mpbs tested on speedtest.net. Overall the wifi card works great. Defiantly not able to get anywhere close to the 800mpbs speed on my LAN connection, But for 90% of users this card will fit the need. Just doesn't preform as advertized.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TPLinkSupport

      Dear Harper907,

      Thank you for taking the time to review our product.

      We're sorry to hear that you were unable to achieve speeds comparable to your hardline LAN connection.

      Are other AC supported devices able to achieve higher speeds than our wireless NIC?

      If you have any questions or concerns regarding our products in the future, please feel free to contact our support team at the number and/or email provided for you below and an available support agent will be happy to assist you.

      We thank you again for your feedback and certainly hope this experience will not discourage you from checking out more of our great networking products in the future.

      Best Regards!
      TP-LINK Support Team
      866) 225-8139
      ussupportteam@tp-link.com

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great looking compact PCIe Wifi card

    Posted
    ErzaScralet
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I got this card to go full wireless in my room since I was using a 2 Ethernet port modem and a 5 port gigabit switch, and it was a bit messy for me. Picked up the Google OnHub router, and got this TP LINK Archer T9E to pair it with the AC1900 speeds. Once all setup, which is super easy if you've installed a graphics card or any PCIe card before, I was on and off to the races. Speedtest by Ookla gave me a ping of 14ms and download speeds of 116 Mbps on my first run-- Identical to my wired ethernet connection, save for the ping on wired was 13ms, but that's practically negligible. So whenever it's Bright House that isn't throttling me (speeds go down to 33 Mbps, again, I fully suspect it's ISP or dual router in house communication interference), this card almost literally performs exactly the same as a wired gigabit connection without the mess.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High Speed WIFI

    Posted
    Jedson3614
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Some negative things about this card was having to hunt down the correct drivers for Windows 10. The other bad thing is having an open slot for your card. If you are a gamer with a high-end system and have used all your PCIe slots, between sound cards, GPU'S, and PCIe drives then there is no more room for a card like this. In that case you are forced to use a USB 3.0 network adapter. The T9E delivers on performance. It gives you fantastic range, stability, and speeds desired for a current home networking setup. Most of all it gives network setups the ability to perform well where ethernet isn't an option. This mean gaming over WIFI is a reality with this adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works way better than OEM built in Desktop Dell

    Posted
    codepoet
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Works way better than OEM built in Desktop Dell. Video has no delays was a well worth $ spent because I had delays with the built in Desktop PC WiFi, this cured the problem.I buying another to replace the WiFi extender switch for the other Desktop that has no WiFi built in at all, using Cad6 cable to WiFi extender port. This card will improve speed and extender will just be used for a LAN in the living room for exchanging files only between the two computers; and the two computers can connect to the other WiFi main router in bedroom connected directly to printer and cable modem and have direct connection to the two laptops and two external hardrives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good after a little hassle

    Posted
    Caleb
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Works very well once you get it completely set up. Initially it's pretty difficult to connect since it is designed for Windows 8 or 8.1. You have to go to their website to download the driver for windows 10, which obviously cannot be done without connecting using an Ethernet cable. Mine also would not connect in any of the PCIE slots except for x_4. I'm assuming that this card is perhaps designed as an X_4 format since my computer is top of the line. After the frustrating process of getting connected, though, the card works very well and is just as fast as the Ethernet connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The first wifi card that keeps up with me

    Posted
    KrimsonWolf
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've had issues with several wifi cards in the being slow due to having weak signal strength. Suffering through dismally slow speeds and looking for a solution for some time. This one is finally a card t hat can go as fast as my internet connection speed and can on a network-transfer exceed 300 mbps. That makes it worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not a good choice

    Posted
    Unsatisfactory
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I read mixed reviews on this product before purchasing and the poor reviews were the correct ones. The drivers were not compatible with Windows 10. After visiting the manufacturer website and downloading the latest update that was listed as compatible, the new drivers didn’t work. I returned the product and moved on.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TPLinkSupport

      Hi,

      Our Archer T9E is compatible with Windows 10, and if you're experiencing difficulty with the adapter, we would be more than happy to help address your concerns. We're sorry to hear you decided to return the adapter; for future reference, please feel free to e-mail USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com and a Support Agent will gladly follow up with you.

      Thank You,
      TP-Link Customer Support tplink

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    a nice option in a flooded market

    Posted
    MSK1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    It was easily installed and I was up and running in just a few minutes. It works with 2.4 or 5 GHz. Speeds are fastest of course using 5GHz and AC connections . In my experience with this you wont see much, if any, speed improvement over your current card and wireless system if they are already using 5GHz band (even if using N) .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big improvement over 2.4GHz

    Posted
    DanaK
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have a desktop system set up in a remote area of my house; the system came with the standards 2.4GHz network wireless receiver. This adapter was very easy to install and, after a brief setup, the difference in speed was immediately obvious. Well worth the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome NIC

    Posted
    Jgiere
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This card rocks! MY Dell XPS 8900 came with a cheesy WIFI Card that didn't even allow me to connect to 5G Networks. So, to fix- I bought & installed this &have had no problems at all. It gives me great signal range & strength along with solid bandwidth for schoolwork, video streaming, gaming. Would Definitely recommend this!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It does not work with Windows 10

    Posted
    Bdog
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I don't know what was wrong. I updated the drivers, installed all software, checked my modem/router and no luck. It just didn't work. I have moved onto an external network adapter and it works perfectly.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just What I needed.

    Posted
    Ghost
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought this item because I hate wires none the less I still got a bunch of cables for my pc. But this helps by having one less. Works as intended really easy to install deffenetly worth the investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Only getting 2.6 MBS on a 200MB connection

    Posted
    Beast9156
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Do not buy this if you have windows 10 or are upgrading anytime soon. The 5G doesn't work on it and the connection is so slow its just not worth it. The drivers and utility are all for windows 7\8. Avoid.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      TPLinkSupport

      Hello,

      Thank you for your review and feedback.

      Due to the symptoms described, we recommend downloading and installing the latest Windows 10 drivers from our official website here:

      http://www.tp-link.com/us/download/Archer-T9E.html#Driver

      Our Support Team is always available and happy to help. Please feel free to contact us anytime using the information below, and we'll gladly follow up with you.

      Best Regards,

      TP-Link Customer Support
      (866) 225-8139
      USSupportTeam@TP-Link.com

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't get much easier

    Posted
    MikeD
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    While the adapter is a little pricey it has been completely without issue which is worth a lot to me. Set up was dead simple and the connection has been rock solid and fast. Not much else to say about a network adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent wireless card for Win 7.

    Posted
    spectheintr0
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The card is excellent and very fast under Windows 7. Getting it to work properly in Windows 10 takes some time, and you'll likely want to Google for several different solutions as not everyone experiences the same issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Win 10 pefection

    Posted
    Ohmyshaw
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is probably the only wifi card that works wonderfully with windows 10. It's fast and connects quickly with no stuttering or disconnections. If you're looking for a future proof windows 10 compatible card. Pick this one up!!

    I would recommend this to a friend