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.

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, 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 Microsoft Windows 10 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 was included.

I did NOT have to install the supplied drivers. 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.

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.

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