I use a powerline adapter to connect my HTPC into my home network.  It works to surf the Internet.  It works to stream movies.  Mostly.  Why mostly?  Pretty simple actually.

  • I have just one outlet that consistently provides me an adequate signal to stream videos.
  • My wife likes to rearrange the furniture quite often.
  • I just used my last long Ethernet cable elsewhere.

Got the picture?

You may ask why I do not use a wireless adapter.  The answer is simple: my HTPC never found an adapter it liked.

Perhaps until now?  Which is my convoluted lead-in to the TP-LINK TL-WN722N 150 Mbps High Gain wireless USB adapter.

What’s In The Box?

I have reviewed a bit of a TP-LINK product lately and I have to admit I do like the looks of the packaging coming from TP-LINK.  While it means nothing regarding the quality of the product inside, it looks nice, catches my eye at least, and it provides a potential customer a very good idea of what is inside and what it can do for him or her.



Once the box is opened


and the contents removed, we find the adapter, Quick Installation Guide, a couple of product catalogs, and an Installation CD.


A closer shot of just the adapter.  This adapter is not small at 3.7inL x 1.0inW x 0.4inH


and you would probably not want to use it in a netbook or notebook.


For a stationary machine like an HTPC, however, size would not be a problem.