Introduction

The current top dog in wireless networking is the IEEE 802.11n standard with theoretical throughput to 600 Mbps.  Current 802.11n routers that are being shipped advertise 300 Mbps and 450 Mbps rates.

So, what is wrong when you go out and buy one of these speed demons, and your 2 year old netbook still acts like a WiFi also ran?  In my case, my netbook has an 802.11g WiFi adapter, so regardless of the capabilities of the router, this computer is still limited to 54 Mbps maximum throughput.

The end result is that it is time for a new WiFi adapter to boost throughput on that netbook.  Perhaps the TP-LINK TL-WN723N WiFi adapter, which not only gives the computer a WiFi speed increase factor of 3 (from 54 Mbps to 150 Mbps), but it also is very compact; just like the netbook.

The question is: does it do what it says it will do?

What’s In The Box?

TP-LINK has invested a bit of thought in color branding their packaging with the white to yellow to green color scheme.  From a marketing viewpoint, it looks nice, and the clear packaging in this instance gives one a clear idea of how small this item really is.

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Once removed, the contents consist of the adapter, Quick Installation Guide, and Installation CD.

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And how small?  This small:

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Features and Specifications

First, the features according to TP-LINK:

  • Wireless N speed up to 150Mbps makes the TL-WN723N ideal for video streaming, online gaming and Internet calls
  • Easy one-touch wireless security encryption with the Quick Security Setup button
  • Supports 64/128 WEP, WPA /WPA2/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK(TKIP/AES), supports IEEE 802.1X
  • Supports Windows 2000, Windows XP 32/64bit, Vista 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit
  • Supports ad-hoc and infrastructure mode
  • Supports Sony PSP X-Link for lag-free online gaming for Windows XP
  • Bundled utility provides quick & hassle free installation Seamlessly compatible with 802.11b/g/n products

Second, the specifications according to TP-LINK:

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