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TP-LINK TL-WR741ND Wireless N150 Home Router,150Mpbs, IP QoS, WPS Button, 5 dBi detachable Antenna
Size Name: N150Style Name: Detachable AntennaChange
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2010
Size Name: N150Style Name: Detachable Antenna
I was looking for a basic but reliable wireless router so I could use my netbook around my condo, as well as hardwire my desktop PC and X360 to the internet. However I found that researching wireless routers is a nightmare, as for every person who lauds a particular model, there will be someone else who condemns it. This problem is especially prevalent among entry level models. Initially I was only considering LinkSys and DLink, since they are the two most famous consumer brands, but I couldn't find a basic model from either that was consistently rated well. There always seemed to be a small but significant proportion of users that would complain about dropped signals, running hot, firmware issues, etc. By chance though I saw this model reviewed on CNET [..]and immediately bought it from a local PC store. In addition to the good performance, long range, and ease of use as tested by CNET, this router was extremely affordable, which sealed the deal for me. After using this router for more than a year now, I can safely say that CNET's review is right on the money. It is a rock-solid router- I've only had 2-3 dropped signals to date. The signal easily covers every corner of my 3+1 bedroom condo, including the balcony. The unit does not run hot at all. Setting up and changing the settings on the router is indeed very easy and intuitive using the browser-based configuration. I strongly recommend that you download the latest firmware from TP-Link beforehand and update your router before actually setting up your network (it's very easy, just use the "update" option in the configuration screen and point to the downloaded firmware file). The fact that it is also one of the cheapest (but reliable) routers on the market is just icing on the cake. Keep in mind this is an entry-level model- 150Mbps only and no USB port for printer/HDD sharing, so if you need something more robust consider its bigger brothers like the 941ND or 1041ND. If you just need a no-frills, "fire and forget" wireless router to get online, buy this model, you won't be dissapointed.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2011
Size Name: N150Style Name: Fixed Antenna
I was in search of economic router to extend the reach of my wireless network. So I bought the router TpLink wr740n version 2 (the one with the UFO shape) which conforms with this premise, however I did not expect anything special from this wireless router, if it was capable of maintaining a speed of 54Mbps I'd be satisfied.

So being a low-cost device and with the purpose of conducting a performance test, I decided to change the stock firmware with DDWRT firmware and that was an excellent decision, the device provides a super stable signal, wireless speed of 65Mbps at mixed mode BGN, it could reach the 150Mbps at N mode but I have to bear with my old wifi devices, good power (the router wr740n comes with a 5dBi antenna), the wan port (blue) is now an additional switch port, I bought it a month ago and I have not had to reboot it.

Summarizing, this router, as second AP, is just what I needed plus all the improvements and tweaks the DDWRT firmware provides, it was an Excelent purchase.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2012
Size Name: N150Style Name: Fixed AntennaVerified Purchase
After hours and hours and hours of trying to get my LInksys E2000 to work again, I gave up and thought, what the heck, I'll spend a twenty on this cheap router. My time is worth more than the hardware, even if I throw it away. So I order it on Thursday; it arrives on Saturday (god bless Amazon), and I get around to plugging it in Sunday. Here's the timeline:

3:16pm open box
3:16pm plug in power
3:16pm pull off annoying "Please Run the CD First" sticker that is blocking the ethernet ports
3:16pm plug in ethernet cable to computer
3:16pm watch as my home page comes up on my computer

Yes, that's right: less than one minute to internet connection. So, to resume:

3:17pm type 193.168.0.1 and guess"admin" as my sign on and "admin" as my password. Correct.
3:17pm name router for broadcast
3:18pm Yes, a minute has gone by!
3:18pm click WEP preference and type in password
3:18pm reboot router (mandatory)
3:19pm OMG another minute!
3:19pm move to other computer, look for wireless network, find network as named, type password, log on successfully

I am done. Three minutes. Let me repeat: three minutes.

We'll see about the longterm performance, but you simply cannot ask for better set up than that. No more dinking around with faulty routers ever. Just buy a new TP-Link. My new motto. Well, okay, that's highly un-green and I will attempt fixes, but gosh, that was easy.

Edit: Three months later. No problems. I notice a bunch of recent bad reviews (October-December 2012). Maybe a bad lot from the factory? My unit from early September is still performing flawlessly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
Size Name: N150Style Name: Fixed AntennaVerified Purchase
I'm NOT a tech person so I was beyond hesitant when buying my first wifi router (yes, this was my FIRST router... I've been plugged in to the modem for the past 10 years). This was SUPER easy to set up - I just plugged everything in and popped the little dvd into my laptop. I was connected to the internet within 5 minutes. I use the wifi within a space of about 600 sq. feet and get excellent reception. Very pleased!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
Size Name: N150Style Name: Fixed AntennaVerified Purchase
I was worried when I first read the instruction because I couldn't really do what it said since I only have a laptop, so I contacted the company via e-mail and I've got the instruction right away. Victoria was very patient with me and went though with me a few times until I finally got a connection. The response was very quick and she gave me detailed instructions every time. The product itself is a great buy, too. I have no bad experience with connection nor it is anymore slower than the cable connection. I'm impressed with the customer service and the product for this price. Plus I love how it looks. I hooked it on the wall in between my desk and the wall and even I don't always see it, it's looking slim and neat instead of just hanging out with the cables. Thank you Victoria, for your wonderful service!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2015
Size Name: N150Style Name: Fixed AntennaVerified Purchase
This really is a good no-frills basic router. It is pretty easy to set up following the step by step instructions and runs like a champ. I owned this for two years. I recently did upgrade to a more powerful router but only because I have four people in my house now with two teens who are constantly on the Internet. This router did fine with as many as 3 people with 3 devices each (phone, tablet, computer, etc.) but that fourth person (12 devices or more) would cause this to crash occasionally (about weekly). Still, for $20 what do you expect? Great device and I would buy again with a smaller household.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2014
Size Name: N150Style Name: Fixed AntennaVerified Purchase
I live in a small apartment and is perfect for creating an excellent wireless signal for my family. Love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2012
Size Name: N150Style Name: Fixed AntennaVerified Purchase
Extremely cheap 150Mbps router that supports DD-WRT, when I got this router I had to power cycle it almost everyday for a week then I place DD-WRT on it and smooth sailing began. The router has been so stable and only had to power cycle it twice in the last few months, the range is okay and the speed is comparable to my Cisco router. If you know anything about DD-WRT and looking for an inexpensive router this is it, don't think just jump. Extremely great value!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2012
Size Name: N150Style Name: Fixed AntennaVerified Purchase
I bought this to use in a building with many other residents using their own wireless routers, so my experience with it may have been different than people that use this for their own home. The router has a useful settings interface for establishing access lists or checking IP status, etc. and seemed to start up and restart quickly. For the price, it's a good value and worth getting if this is what fits your budget, but there are better routers out there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2011
Size Name: N150Style Name: Detachable AntennaVerified Purchase
I bought this router as a gift so i cannot rate it based on performance. However, I did setup the router for the person I bought it for and was pretty happy with the setup process for the most part. I would say my only gripe was that it was a little slow rebooting after making various firmware setting changes. Other than that seemed like a pretty good Wireless N router for the price.
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