TP-Link-TL-WN821N V6.0: How to Install and Set Up 300Mbps-Wireless N USB Adapter

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Summary

The TL-WN821N WLAN USB Adapter allows you to connect a desktop computer or notebook to a WLAN to access a high-speed Internet connection. Since it complies with the IEEE802.11n standard, it offers a WLAN speed of up to 300Mbps, which is sufficient for online gaming or even HD video streaming.

Highlights

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Features

  • The excellent speed brings you the best experience for HD video streaming or Internet telephony
  • MIMO with better signal penetration, wider WLAN coverage, for better performance and stability
Note: With MIMO (multi-input/multi-output antennas), it shows further outstanding capabilities in low-loss transmission over long distances and in transmitting through obstacles in a small office or large apartment, even in a reinforced concrete building. Most importantly, with it you can easily connect to the WLAN over long distances in places where this is not possible with conventional 11g products.
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  • Simple WLAN security encryption by pressing the QSS button
  • Supports Windows® XP, Vista, 7,8 and 10
  • Speed: Fast Wi-Fi - Up to 300Mbps Wi-Fi speed for joyful surfing experince
  • Ease of Use: Backwards Compatibility - Supports routers utilizing 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi standards
  • Security:

  ➤ Active Defense - WPA/WPA2 encryption provides your Wi-Fi network with advanced protection against security threats

  ➤ WPS Button - Easy wireless security encryption at a push of the WPS button

Specifications

Wireless

  • Wireless Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Wireless Mode: Ad-Hoc / Infrastructure Mode
  • Wireless Security: WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Note:

IEE 802.11b/g/n: The "Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers" published the uniform WLAN standard 802.11 b/g/n in February 1980.

  • Therefore the number 802 stands for the year 1980 and the month of February, which is the second month of the year.
  • The letters follow behind it. These describe the respective frequency band and the speed of data transmission.
  • The letters all stand for a different transmission speed. For example, the "b" represents a 2.4 GHz band with a transmission speed of up to 11 Mbit per second.
  • The letter "g" also represents a 2.4 GHz frequency band with a transmission speed of up to 54 Mbit/s.
  • In contrast, the "n" represents a 2.4 and 5 GHz band with a transmission speed of up to 600 Mbit/s.
  • The highest transmission rate is offered by "ac" with up to 1.3 Gbit/s on a 5 GHz frequency band.
  • However, these specifications are not binding, but depend on the respective conditions.

Hardware

  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • LED: Status (internal)
  • Button: WPS
  • Dimensions: 2.7 × 0.8 × 0.4 in. (69 × 21 × 9.5 mm)

LED Status

Info: You can check the adapter’s working status by following the lower points.

1. Off: The driver has not been installed.[The adapter’s radio has been disabled.]

2. Flashing Slowly: The driver has been installed but no data is being transmitted or received.

3. Flashing Quickly: Data is being transmitted or received.

Tips: If the LED is off, try these troubleshooting tips:

  1. Remove and reinstall the adapter.

  2. Reinstall the software, if necessary.

Preparations

Connect to a Computer

This step introduces how to connect the adapter to your computer.

 ➤ Before you start using the adapter, insert the adapter into a USB port on your computer directly
   [Note: This is shown on the left side in the figure below] or connect the adapter to your computer using the USB extension cable provided
   [Note: This is shown on the right side in the figure below].

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After connecting your adapter to the computer, please follow the instructions in the appropriate chapter for your operating system: Windows

Windows

This documentation introduces how to install your adapter’s driver and WPS Tool, use your adapter to join a wireless network, and uninstall your adapter in a Windows system. The adapter is equipped with a Setup Wizard, which can guide you through the installation process.

Step 1: Install Driver and WPS Tool

 1. Insert the resource CD into your CD drive and run the Autorun.exe from the pop-up Autoplay window.

Note:

  1. You can also download the driver from the product’s Support page at https://www.tp-link.com

  2. In some operating systems, the CD screen will pop up automatically. Otherwise, run the CD manually.

 2. Select TL-WN821N and follow the instructions to complete the installation.

Note: If you can’t install the driver successfully, disable the antivirus software and firewall, then try again.
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 3. When the following screen appears, the driver has been installed successfully.

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 4. If you want to connect effortlessly with the push of a WPS button, click Yes and follow the instructions to install the mini WPS Tool.

Note: For Windows XP, WPS Tool is not supported. Please use Windows built-in wireless utility to join the wireless network.
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 5. When the following screen appears, the WPS Tool has been installed successfully.
  You can enjoy connecting to your Wi-Fi with the push of the WPS button.

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Step 2: Join a Wireless Network

 ➤ Option 1: Via Windows Built-in Wireless Utility

   You can join a wireless network via Windows built-in wireless utility. Follow the instructions below to use your computer system’s built-in wireless utility:

   1. Click Network icon on the taskbar. Select the Wi-Fi network you want to join, and click Connect. Enter the network password when prompted.

   2. When the network icon changes it indicates a successful network connection.

 ➤ Option 2: Via WPS Tool

   If you have installed WPS Tool, follow the instructions below to connect effortlessly with the WPS button.

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