Having launched a tiny router small enough to flip like a coin, TP-Link is turning its attention back towards the community of customers that want more familiar hardware.
Not that there is anything common about the TL-WDN4800. Dual-band wireless devices are, all things considered, still fairly rare.
Nevertheless, there are enough of them up for sale around the world that they are no longer an oddity, so TP-Link is actually building on an already solid foundation.
The longer name of the TL-WDN4800 is 450Mbps Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter.
It can access the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz channels and transmit data at, obviously, 450 Mbps, though this is really just the theoretical upper limit.
The real-life performance will depend on how crowded the band is, especially on the 2.4 GHz setting. While 5 GHz has less interference, the 2.4 GHz band is shared by cordless phones and even microwaves.
Nevertheless, regardless of the type of network tapped into, owners of the TP-Link 450Mbps Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter TL-WDN4800 should have an easy time checking e-mail, browsing the Internet, streaming HD video and even playing online games.
In fact, to minimize instability and lag, the company ships the device with three antennas, which boost performance and prevent the signal from fluctuating.
As for security and interoperability, the adapter complies with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n specifications and WPA/WPA2 encryption standards.
Local retailers should be offering it for sale already (some are said to have been shipping it for months really, making this press release highly belated), for the price of $44.99 / 37 Euro. The package includes a CD utility that enables even novices to set up a network.
Finally, as the photo shows, the gadget is a wireless add-in board supposed to sink into a motherboard's PCI Express slot, making it unsuited to notebook owners.