TP-LINK Archer T9E

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Most wireless adapters today use USB 3.0, but what if you don’t want to use your USB ports ? Wireless cards are still a viable option. The T9E is a fantastic option, and offers high bandwidth for your wireless network. This card offers easy installation options, is backwards compatible with all wireless standards, has high range, and  rock solid stability.

The key points are as follows:

  • Easy Installation – Upgrade your desktop system easily by plugging the Archer T9E Wi-Fi adapter into an available PCI-E slot
  • Hi-Speed Wi-Fi – Up to 1900Mbps Wi-Fi speeds (1300Mbps on 5GHz band or 600Mpbs on 2.4GHz band)
  • 802.11ac Dual Band – 3 times faster than the 802.11n standard, perfect for hi-intensity network usage
  • Backward Compatibility – With support for 802.11 a/b/g/n standards
  • Beamforming Technology – Receives more directional Wi-Fi signals, improving speed and reliability
  • Ultimate Range – 3 external antennas ensure a greater range of Wi-Fi connection and stability

Exact Specifications:

HARDWARE FEATURES
Interface PCI Express
Dimensions (W X D X H) 4.5 × 4.8 × 0.8 in. (115.2 × 120.8 × 21.5 mm)
Antenna Type Omni Directional
WIRELESS FEATURES
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a,
IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
Frequency 5GHz
2.4GHz
Signal Rate 5GHz
11ac: Up to 1300Mbps(dynamic)
11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)
11a: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)
2.4GHz
11n: Up to 600Mbps(dynamic)
11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)
11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)
Reception Sensitivity 5GHz:
11a 6Mbps: -85dBm
11a 54Mbps: -68dBm
11ac HT20: -59dBm
11ac HT40: -54dBm
11ac HT80: -51dBm
2.4GHz:
11b 11Mbps: -80dBm
11g 54Mbps: -68dBm
11n HT20: -64dBm
11n HT40: -61dBm
Transmit Power <20dBm (EIRP)
Wireless Modes Ad-Hoc / Infrastructure mode
Wireless Security Support 64/128 bit WEP, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, 802.1x
Modulation Technology DBPSK, DQPSK, CCK, OFDM, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM
OTHERS
Certification CE, FCC, RoHS
Package Contents Wireless Adapter Archer T9E
Resource CD
Quick Installation Guide
System Requirements Windows 8.1 (32/64bits), Windows 8 (32/64bits), Windows 7 (32/64bits), Windows XP(32/64bits)
Environment Operating Temperature: 0℃~40℃ (32℉~104℉)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃ (-40℉~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing

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The box was shipped pretty standard, and arrived all in one piece. The contents inside were packaged well, and each item was organized and easy to access. The main card was protected by the standard anti static bag.

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The contents inside the box included:

  • T9E card
  • 3 antennas
  • Smaller case bracket
  • Driver disc
  • Quick install manual

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The design of the card was given a significant amount of thought. It provides some decent weight for being such a small card, and felt heavier than it looked in my hands.

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I really like the heat sink the card has used. The heatsink is constructed out of aluminum alloy, and the black color really gives the card a cohesive look with its all black design. The heatsink will help dissipate heat generated by the T9E, and it provides the card with better stability. In return this will increase performance, and lifespan of the card.

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Having three antennas really helps provides better range and speeds. 802.11 ac offers 3x faster speeds than over wireless N. The T9E uses selectable dual band speeds of 1300/600 Mbps. The 5 GHz channel is perfect for lag free gaming, or HD video streaming. Additionally the 2.4 GHz channel is good for smaller tasks like web surfing.

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The beamforming technology this card uses will work with routers that support the technology. beamforming is efficient for WIFI, and it provides greater direction signals that enhance reliability and stability of wireless connections. It can help choose the best channel for your devices depending on the load required.

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Installing the card was very easy. If using windows 10, I would highly suggest downloading the latest driver from TP-Links website.The software provided offers an easy to use interface that gives access to a few more options than windows will for wireless settings. You can create profiles, check status of your network, access WPS settings, and change some advanced settings like power saving features.Soft4-630x478

The test bench used for testing is as follows:

  • Motherboard- Z87x-UD3H
  • CPU: Intel Core I7 4790K
  • Network Card- TP-Link T9E
  • Cooler- H100i GTX V2
  • Memory- Corsair Vengeance 16 GB 1866
  • Video Card: EVGA NVidia Geforce GTX 970
  • Storage- OCZ vertex 4 256 GB
  • Power Supply- Corsair TX750m
  • OS: Windows 10 x64 Pro

I did not have  a TP-Link router for the following tests. To test the device I used a Netgeat NightHawk R8500 router. This router does use advanced beamforming technology, so it should take full advantage of this adapter. To test the cards performance I tested ping times vs network speeds to see how the T9E would perform. The distance from the card to the router was about 10 ft. As you will see in the photo, I was able to fully saturate my network speeds over WIFI. This means that this device is definitely capable of gaming on WIFI.

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Some negative things about this card was having to hunt down the correct drivers for Windows 10. The other bad thing is having an open slot for your card. If you are a gamer with a high-end system and have used all your PCIe slots, between sound cards, GPU’S, and PCIe drives then there is no more room for a card like this. In that case you are forced to use a USB 3.0 network adapter.

The T9E delivers on performance. It gives you fantastic range, stability, and speeds desired for a current home networking setup. Most of all it gives network setups the ability to perform well where ethernet isn’t an option. This mean gaming over WIFI is a reality with this adapter. You can buy this adapter on Amazon now for $ 74.99.

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TP-LINK Archer T9E

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