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TP-LINK TL-WN725N Wireless N Nano Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates

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  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 2.4GHz - 2.4835GHz
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Majestic One
  • 12/19/2014 1:31:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Eggxpert Review

5 out of 5 eggsSuper Performer

Pros: -Hello. I am technically inclined, but I like to take the approach of a person reading reviews that doesn’t understand all the “geek speak” and make it understandable for the person who doesn’t have the time or patience to study up on stuff. If that’s you, then this one is for you.

-If you need an affordable solution to have wireless on your laptop or desktop computer, and may have an older 2.4 GHz router, then this is the solution for you to once again have that Ethernet cable free device.

-It has a very small form-factor/footprint. In a laptop/notebook it barely sticks out so it is the perfect size to NOT get broke off or catch on other peripheral wires.

The TP-Link devices I have used/tested in the past have ALL performed VERY well while keeping the price-point down to a minimum. And this device also holds true to their performance as well as the price.

-I live in an apartment complex where there are 20+ wireless connections on all the time. This device performs as should, never in a millisecond deciding where to connect. It acts like there is no other wireless connection even around.

-It doesn’t even get warm when torrenting large files as well as streaming movies from the internet. It’s a little workhorse.

-The range was quite impressive also. I could walk down the street with the laptop and around the corner (behind a 7 foot cinderblock wall and still get 1-2 bars of wireless (fluctuating) at well over 250 feet or more. In a home where there is multi stories, I do not see this product suffering from connections what-so-ever.
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Cons: -Absolutely NONE.

-USB 3.0 users will not see much higher speeds than manufactured at, but this is CLEARLY stated in the title of the product (150Mb/s). So not really a CON, BUT it IS reverse compatible. Meaning you CAN still use this USB 2.0 device in a USB 3.0 slot and it will work perfectly fine.
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Other Thoughts: -Worth mentioning (well not really because it is so easy and intuitive) is the installation of drivers. Windows will pick it up right away anyway, but you should always go online for the latest drivers for ANY product you put into or on your computer anyway.

-I have tried SEVERAL wireless USB 2.0 adapters in the past, and by FAR this one pulls WAY ahead on performance and stability. Quit messing around with off brand stuff and just get this one. You will not be disappointed.

-Just because this is a review, please don’t take my words lightly and think I just favor a product because it is sent to me. I have a job to do; and that’s to be fair and honest about the product for future prospective buyers. I am just like you, a Newegg customer. And to me, Newegg reviews are golden. So I am not about to tarnish Newegg reviews OR my good name by telling you something is good when it is not. I hope this review has satisfied your purchasing inquiry needs. Thank you for reading. And thank you Newegg for allowing me another great opportunity to review.

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  • Robert Dolney
  • 12/18/2014 9:52:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Eggxpert Review

4 out of 5 eggsGood backup for wireless

Pros: This adapter will get you good wireless connectivity if you have a laptop that either doesn't have a wireless card or the wireless card is broken.

Comes with a CD with the drivers on it. This might not seem like a big deal, but it's obvious that people might be buying this product because they can't access the Internet, so having a copy of the drivers is excellent!

Form factor: the adapter sticks out of my computers a few millimeters. This thing is tiny! Great form factor that doesn't add any additional bulk to my computers.

(Running Windows 8.1) Plugged the adapter in, and the drivers installed automatically and device was ready in < 5 minutes. Connected to my home wireless network immediately. Super simple setup!

2 year warranty on the product. Very nice!

Cons: I wouldn't consider this an exact replacement for an existing wireless card or wired solution. If your current wireless card is broken, you're probably better off getting it repaired. However, this adapter is a good backup solution!

Doesn't support dual-band. Speed isn't as good as what you'd get with a wired solution, or with a normal wireless card, but that is to be expected with this type of device.

Other Thoughts: Get this if:

1) You have a desktop that can't always be wired but you don't want a full wireless card.
2) You have a laptop without a wireless card but need to connect to LAN/Internet wirelessly.
3) You want a backup wireless solution just in case your current wireless card breaks.

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  • ozite
  • 12/18/2014 6:29:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Eggxpert Review

5 out of 5 eggsTP-Link Nano Wireless N adapter TL-WN725N

Pros: The TP-Link nano wireless N-adapter is truly very small in size and a simple glossy black color. It blends in well with a black case. A mini resource CD and quick installation guide is included. It was simple to setup, only taking a couple minutes total to become fully operational and connected to a wireless network. I tested it in both Windows 7 and 8.1, 64-bit operating systems. It readily connected to my router at 150 Mbps and showed 5 bars of signal quality. In the same room as the wireless router, it readily obtained and averaged 8.4 MB/s (67 Mbps), which is reasonable download speed. This more than met my needs.

Cons: The speed drops off relatively quickly with distance and number of walls separating the wireless adapter from the wireless router. In some locations, e.g. at the opposite end of the house on an outside patio, I was only able to connect at 45 Mbps and had slower download speeds. It was fine for web/email/etc, but not for streaming high bitrate content at the relatively large distance from the router. This can be kept in mind, but it is not surprising for such a small device, and for what I would call normal usage it worked well.

Other Thoughts: The product comes with a two year warranty and unlimited tech support. Both a toll free number and e-mail address are listed on the package, and of course one could use the web based tech support, FAQ, and forums. I did not need to use any of those, but it is good to know the company devoted some resources to that, in case it is needed at some point in the future.

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  • N/A
  • 12/17/2014 7:13:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsPlugged it in and never thought about it again

Pros: Works seamlessly as a second network adapter.
Very small.

Cons: None

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4 out of 5 eggsGood for the price

Pros: Very small USB Wireless LAN Adapter.
Because it is so small, I did not expect much from this wireless adapter. However, it still gets decent signal with very small built in antenna.
Installation is very simple. Just plug-in and install driver.

Works very well as long as your have good signal.

Since most, if not all, of today's portable devices come with built-in wireless adapters, for most people will have no use for this tiny wireless adapter. However, it can be great replacement if your wireless adapter is broken. (Although I would recommend replacing built-in wireless card instead.)

This can be used on desktops as well, but there really is no reason to use tiny wireless adapter with reduced performance on desktop.

Cons: This wireless adapter is somewhat outdated for today's standard. Only supports 150Mbps and Wireless N in 2.4 GHz. (No dual band).
However, considering its size and price it is acceptable and still quiet usable.

A short USB extension could have been added for desktop users to improve reception. But than, that might increase cost as well.

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  • Michael R.
  • 12/10/2014 10:21:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Eggxpert Review

4 out of 5 eggsNOT FOR EVERYONE-BUT DOES WORK AS INTENDED

Pros: Size-nano size means less protrusion from USB port

Price-Price to performance ratio is good

Installs easily on Windows 8.1 ( see cons for Windows 7

Connectivity LED is easy to see

Can reach advertised 150Mbps speed if close to router

Good for General web surfing duties

Cons: Single 2.4Ghz mode only

Nano size with small internal antenna means shorter range

To get to work with Windows 7, had to download driver from Manufacturer web site

Bandwidth at moderate range is limited

Not so good for large file transfer or streaming of video files, look elsewhere if this is your intent for this adapter

Other Thoughts: After trying this little adaptor out for awhile, I don't have a lot of bad things to say about it, but by the same token, unless you have a specific need for a single channel adapter, there is not a lot of good things to say.

Yes it does work as intended, but range and bandwidth are going to suffer because of it's small size. Do not expect this to function as well as the internal adapter in a modern day laptop, because it just won't. Where this little adapter comes into play is if you have an older laptop that you want to add wireless N to, or if you have a desktop that's relatively close to your router that you want to add Wireless N to for web surfing.For those cases it will work well.

At it's price point, and the market that it should be intended for, it is a nice little Wireless N adapter. For someone with
a router that transmits in both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands, it's not something you would want to consider with all the dual band choices out there.

I will give the TP-Link TL-N725N adapter a good solid 4 star rating for what it is and what it can do, but the end user will need to decide if they can get by with limited range and bandwidth just to save a little space in a USB port.

The opinion expressed in this review is strictly my own for having used this item for a period of thirty days. I am neither compensated by NewEgg nor the manufacturer for performing this review.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price.

Pros: - Stylish, small.
- Acceptable range for a transceiver with no antenna. Three bars in Windows at home and about the same at the Uni library. (Wifi AC dual band.)
- Detected in Windows 8.1 with no issues. (Works with linux and Mac OSX with appropriate drivers.)
- Streaming from my NAS wasn’t an issue. But transfer speeds were about in line with single band N speeds. Speeds lingered around 15 to 20Mb/s to my NAS. More than adequate for browsing and streaming. I wouldn’t recommend buying this if you are planning to transfer gigabytes of data. It is single band after all.

Cons: None really. The signal seems a little weak but that’s not a con with this device considering the price. I would probably recommend going with the High Gain or N300 model considering they are only $3 and $7 more, respectively. Unless the nano build is a reason for buying this in the first place.

Other Thoughts: I have reviewed a few TPL products over the past few months. They are slowly inching ahead with a value and quality exceeding the lower prices. For the price, this little bug fills a niche nicely. If looking for a temporary or permanent fix for a broken wifi card, trying to add wifi when testing operating systems that don’t support your current card (like OSX86 testing), or just wanting a backup. This seems like a $12 well spent for that niche. These nano adapters are quite common and this one performs appropriately compared to the two others I have.

Sidenote: Though Windows detects it as Realtek RTL8188EU, online research suggests the Realtek RTL8188CUS software works for this in Mac OSX. I haven’t had a chance to try on my Mac, however.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the price

Pros: Works well right out of the box, and for very cheap. The unit itself is the smallest USB wireless adapter I've owned. Connection strength was pretty good, no complaints there.

Great for basic web browsing, youtube, etc.

Cons: It's not the fastest unit. It doesn't work on the 5 GHz band which I try to use due to wireless congestion on 2.4 GHz.

For HD streaming or online gaming I would probably look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: This would be a great thing to keep around if you usually use wired but might need wireless. For the price and the size you can't go wrong. It will get you online and work for basic internet needs.

For faster speeds you need to look at wireless AC, but you will likely be paying more for an adapter than this one costs.

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  • ccmerica24
  • 12/9/2014 4:49:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Eggxpert Review

5 out of 5 eggsGood Range

Pros: Easy installation, good range about 200 feet from router. The Old Internal WiFi card started to work poorly on my old laptop,so this was a great replacement!!!

Cons: none

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  • Captain Picard
  • 12/9/2014 3:53:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Eggxpert Review

5 out of 5 eggsFixed my wife's laptop!

Pros: My wife has a cheap little Acer laptop. The internal wireless card started flaking out in Windows 7 to the point where should could no longer connect to the web. We bought another (cheaper) manufacturer's USB 2.0 wireless adapter, and for whatever reason, it did not play nice with her laptop.

Once again, connections to our wireless network were flaky - she would lose her access to the web frequently. Before giving up and wiping out the PC completely and re-installing Windows 7, I gave the TP-LINK unit a try. Glad I did!

Access to our wireless router is solid, once again. No more signal drops or interference. Speedtest reports near-full saturation both up and down on my Comcast 30mbps/5mbps plan.

Couldn't be happier with this little unit! Installation was very simple with the included driver CD. Highly recommended.

Cons: None.

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