Introduction

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.

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Once the box is opened

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

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

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

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