TP Link TL-WN881ND – Wireless PCI Express Windows 10 Install

I recently purchased a TP Link TL-WN881ND wireless card. This wireless card is designed for desktop computers. It came with two 2 decibel antennas.

I purchased this wireless adapter at a local computer store. I just needed a basic wireless adapter for one of my office computers. The packaging does NOT stipulate that this device is compatible with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

However, I quickly installed this on a quad core computer with Microsoft Windows 10 installed and low and behold this device was detected. This is a 802.11 N wireless adapter. This adapter included a CD-ROM disc, quick installation guide, and technical support guide.

Also, included was a bracket so that you could install this wireless adapter in a small form factor personal computer. This TP Link TL-Wn881ND is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, and Microsoft Windows 8 operating systems. Also, both x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit operating systems are supported.

This wireless adapter has a PCI express interface, which is another reason why I purchased it. This device supports up to 300 megabits per second, which I have never been able to obtain. However, the installation on a computer with Microsoft Windows 10 installed, was a breeze.

You can install this wireless card in PCI express X1, X4, X8, and X16 slots. I had already verified my Gigabyte motherboard had a vacant X1 PCI express slot. For testing purposes I installed the two short 2 decibel antennas that were included.

I did NOT have to install the supplied drivers. Microsoft Windows 10 had loaded a Qualcomm Atheros AR9287 driver. I was able to connect to an xfinitywifi access point with in seconds.

This PCI express wireless adapter connected at 144.4 megabits per second which is quite normal for these types of wireless cards. I have never been able to connect at 300 megabits per second. Some individuals claim that most wireless 802.11 n cards never will connect at 300 megabits per second.

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Over all I was quite pleased with how easy it was for me to install this TP Link TL-WN881ND wireless adapter in Microsoft Windows 10. The signal strength was not the greatest with the supplied antennas. I received only 2 to three bars.

There can be many reasons why the signal strength is weak. TP Link’s official web page claims that Microsoft Windows 10 operating is not supported. However, I proved otherwise. The weak signal could have been do to wireless interference in this building.

Also, these two decibel antennas are replaceable. I tested the signal quality with an xfinitywifi broadcast identification. I currently do NOT have broadband or digital subscriber line Internet access.

I have an older Belkin MIMO G wireless router and I receive a strong wireless signal from that router. Perhaps the fact this Wireless G router is in the next room, could be the reason. You can purchase longer and higher decibel TP-link wireless antennas.

I was NOT able to find out what the highest decibel antenna that this TP Link TL-WN881ND wireless adapter card will support. However, I have seen nine decibel antennas listed on their official website. An antenna upgrade could possibly help create a stronger wireless signal.

You might want to make certain that an antenna upgrade is compatible with this TP-Link wireless card before you purchase.

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