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Affordable and Functional
on March 29, 2013
I searched high and low for a router without wireless capabilities that was affordable. All the models I found were expensive enterprise units with more ports than I could ever hope to need. Then I came across this product, and my problems were solved.
After years of running Wi-Fi routers in our home, I finally came to realize that Wi-Fi routers do a whole lot of things, but they do none of them very well. Even the most expensive high-end Wi-Fi routers are just a compromise in functionality and performance. So instead, our home office network now uses dedicated Wi-Fi access points hooked up to a dedicated switch which accesses the internet through this dedicated wired router. Each of these components does its job much better than the all-in-one Wi-Fi routers we used to waste our money on: our network is faster, our Wi-Fi range is much wider, and the cost was only marginally higher than the top-of-the-line Netgear consumer-grade Wi-Fi router we bought before.
The TP Llink router does everything we need it to, never gets warm, and is more than fast enough. I was initially skeptical of the 100base-t Ethernet ports, but then I realized that the only traffic going through those ports was going to be internet traffic, and unless your internet connection is far greater than 100mbps, this router won't ever be a bottleneck. Even the Comcast 105mbps package doesn't really ever reach 105mbps... although their new 305mbps internet option would outclass this router.
This router has all the features you'd expect from an enterprise class wired router, including bandwidth limiting for ranges of IPs, a firewall, a DDNS client, and much more. And at this price, it's an absolute bargain.
Don't let the name fool you, there's nothing toilet-papery about this router. It's been an absolute joy to have in our office these last few months.