TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wireless N300 Router , Gigabit, 300Mbps, USB port , 3 Detachable Antenna x3/ IP QoS/ QSS Button
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122 of 127 found the following review helpful:
Don't toss your old router! ... and other suggestions Mar 21, 2011
By L. Brown
(1) Use the instructions in the Users Guide for installing the router - the installation software on the CD didn't work for me, but the written instructions are clear enough.
(2) Update the firmware before you get too far in configuring the router.
There was a nasty bug in the installed firmware that caused the router to freeze if you tried to display wireless statistics. This is fixed in the firmware dated August, 2010.
(2) If you're thinking of replacing an old b/g wireless router with this, don't toss the old router yet!
Many wireless devices such as printers and music systems (like Sonos) do not support the 11n standard yet. At first I tried running the TP-Link router in mixed b/g/n mode. For some reason the performance was exceptionally slow. But, it's easy to link your old router into the network so that the b/g devices will use the old router. The TP-Link router can then be set to 11n-only for excellent performance for devices that support it. Here's how to do it:
- Give each router a different IP address, say 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.1.2. Make sure both are outside the range of dynamic IP addresses.
- Give both routers the same SSID so that they will form a single network.
- Assign each router to different wireless channels. (1 or 6 or 11 are usually recommended).
- Turn off DHCP or other WAN support in the b/g router. Set up the TP-Link with WAN support (such as DHCP) and connect to the ADSL or cable modem.
- In the b/g router, add the MAC addresses of the 11n devices to its MAC filter list. These are devices you DON'T want to connect to it.
(Of course, if you have many more 11n devices than b/g ones, do the reverse: create a filter list with only the devices you DO want to connect).
- Link the b/g router to any LAN port on the TP-Link router with an Ethernet cable.
That should be it. Enjoy!
116 of 124 found the following review helpful:
Awesome Router for DD-WRT Apr 28, 2011
By D. Smith
I bought two of these routers with the intention of flashing them with DD-WRT. Both flashed extremely fast and easily without any hitches and can be flashed via the router's web GUI (no Telnet, etc). Both routers have been running non stop ever since flashing them and have worked perfectly. I have been very pleased thus far with TP-Link products, especially after having a lot of issues with Belkin routers (hangs, slooooow response, rebooting, over-heating, etc). You can't beat the price vs features with this TL-WR1043ND (for sure when using DD-WRT, but even the original TP-Link firmware is still very usable). I my opinion this is the best price vs features gigabit router on the market for DD-WRT.
For those interested, here are some hardware specs:
Platform...........Atheros AR9132 @ 400 MHz
Wireless NIC...Atheros AR9103 3x3 MIMO
Serial Port.......1 (internal)
Input Voltage...12V 1.5A
46 of 48 found the following review helpful:
Better than previous N router Dec 10, 2009
By Robert Glover
I bought this to replace belkin wireless N+ router (you can see my review for the belkin N+). The signal from may laptops to belkin would vary between 1Mbps - 48Mbps, and often losing the signal all together. This is with using built in wireless G. I added belkin wireless N adapter and signal would then range from 11Mbps - 120Mbps, but far fewer drops. I replaced with this TP-Link TL-WR1043 and after 1 week, I get no wireless drop outs at all. My laptop with built in wireless G consistently reports 54Mbps and my laptop with the belkin N adapter generally reports 120Mbps (sometimes dropping to 60Mbps, sometimes as high as 150Mbps).
I should note that the TP-Link router is in the same exact location where my old belkin was, and my laptops are in the same exact location. So I have not varied distance nor obstacles between router & laptops. My laptops are ~75 feet from router in separate building, nearest neighbor ~.75 miles, so no change in interference from neighbors.
Now if only I could figure out how to get 300Mbps. I have tried from several other locations, but best I ever get is 150Mbps. But as this greatly exceeds my connection to ISP, it is not really a big issue. Oddly enough, if I move closer to the router, I get slower connection (~30Mbps) with N adapter but still get 54Mbps with build-in wireless G adapter.
29 of 30 found the following review helpful:
Solid Router with one major flaw Jan 25, 2011
By Olga Mednik
My setup includes several PCs, Wireless N for laptops and streaming to media player. I also have USB attached portable hard drive acting as a NAS device.
This router is great and I would highly recommend it. It is easy to use and works well except one major issue.
This router has issues with steaming files from attached USB storage onto media player. Rarely (maybe once a week) it completely locks up during the steaming process and will need a hard reboot (pull power cord). This only happens when streaming from USB attached storage -- if and when this issue is resolved this would get 5 stars
20 of 21 found the following review helpful:
Excellent WIFI Router Aug 05, 2010
By Dr. Wilfredo M. Viray
I bought this wireless router because of the features and the reviews. It is a good thing I did. This is an excellent router.
Ease of Setup - I got this working in less than 10 minutes. Just turn off your Cable modem and computer. Connect the router to the modem using the included cable. Power up everything. Then put in the CD and in a few minutes you are done. That includes setting up the WPA2 security.
Range - My previous Wireless Routers(Apple,Linksys,Zyxel) could only give me at most 61% from one end of my house to the other. This gives me 85%. That is going through 3 Bedrooms and furniture.
Speed - I used to get 12 Mbps with my previous router. I just tested it now and I now have 19.89 Mbps download speed from the same site I always test with.
Price - Excellent value for money.
Network USB Hardrive - You can easily share a USB hard drive. You now have no limit to how much videos you can download and games you can play. Share the drive with your entire family.
Not Dual Band - It isn't dual band, but i don't need it so it does not bother me.
This is a real find. Never heard of this company before, but I am very impressed with this product.
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