130 of 144 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
This router is great. I bought one about 4 months ago and it has been running since the day I got it. No freezes, lockups, no drop in speed.
The only things about this router is, do not use the CD that comes with it. Manually set the network up in the router. If you have a basic knowledge of routers/networking it is an easy setup. Also, it does run a little hot. However, if you elevate it to allow air to pass under it as well it keeps it considerably cooler.
I would buy this product again.
84 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2011
I am really impressed with this router and I am very pleased with this purchase especially at this price!
I wanted a low-cost replacement and got tired of spending a lot of money for routers that worked "okay". I have owned three Linksys routers: BEFW11S, WRT54G and WRT54GS; all had problems requiring constant physical reboots at least every day (even with DD-WRT isntalled). Eventually replaced these with an Airport Extreme Wireless N a year ago. The AE was a HUGE disappointment and for $199 I was severely irate that the Linksys had MORE controls and features for 1/3 the cost. Unfortunately the AE did not need resetting like the Linksys'. With my bad experience I wasn't about to drop another hundred for a Buffalo or Asus either.
My original intent of this router was to install OpenWRT and Gargoyle for the bandwidth monitoring and control so the pricetag of $35 was my deciding factor --if I screwed up flashing it, I would only be out a small chunk of change... However, if you do want to run custom firmware, this router is (generally speaking) unsupported; mine shipped as v7.1 and thus far v5 is the only supported/released version.
Upon physically installing the router I immediately noticed the webadmin IP address, username and password printed on the identification sticker located on the bottom of the router. Wow, no needing a manual just to login; what a great start! The remaining portion of router setup was extremely simple and if ANY of the options did confuse me, the webGUI's right-side contains well written and detailed help info.
The biggest bonus (for me) that came built in this router is bandwidth control. NICE! Just the feature I was wanting. And to think I only bought this to install custom software. I will say that bandwidth control setup is intuitive and works great. Keep in mind though that you MUST bind the IP address with the MAC address of the computers you wish to control or setup static IP or something. Binding is easier, but that's your choice. Bandwidth control is configured by creating rules; rules which can be applied to a single or IP range. Each rule can also specify min and max upload and download speeds.
The only improvement I would love to see (which is available in Gargoyle) is bandwidth capping based on usage as opposed to overall limits. So, if your ISP gives you 10GB per month and you want to limit each PC in the home to 2GB per month, than this router (unmodified) is not for you. However, if a user is always downloading something and you can't stand all the bandwidth hogging --than you should find this router acceptable.
Another nice surprise was in the Security control with which I can limit local web setup to specific MAC addresses; great if you do not want other computer users to try and access the web setup page and WLAN bridging.
More features I have yet to try:
Parental controls: The Router, providing convenient Parental Control function to control the internet activities of the child, can limit the child to access certain websites and restrict the time of surfing. On this page, you can create the ruleaccess control.
Access Controls: The Router, providing convenient and strong internet access control function, can control the internet activities of hosts in the LAN. Moreover, you can flexibly combine the Host List, Target List and Schedule to restrict the Internet surfing of these hosts.
Okay, I have owned this router for one week now and thought I would do an update:
1- WiFi hangs or does not always restore itself following a software reboot -have to power cycle to get WiFi back online.
2- With that said, the TP-Link does come with a power button! Much easier to click-off-click-on than to unplug and hope the cord doesn't come out all the way. Very very handy when the router is shoved under a desk or some place painfully inaccessible and a power cycle is necessary.
3- The parental and access controls have me thoroughly confused. There are 4 pages (maybe more) that deal with setting up these controls; very convoluted. My attempt to time-lock one computer at a specific time apparently knocked everything offline.
Other than these (3) problems, I am still really happy with this router
41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2010
The router now sits in the corner, and I almost forgot about it. The reason - it just works with no issues so far.
It was easy to set up, it automatically found all the right settings to connect to my cable modem (once I figured out that I needed to power cycle the modem after I connected the router to it). I manually changed all the WLAN security settings to use an advanced encryption. Similar to the previous reviewer, I did not use the installation CD.
Now the router pairs nicely with a laptop (WLAN N) and a desktop (using another great TP-LINK product - 150Mbps USB adapter TL-WN722N). Desktop reports 150Mbps link all the time (about 30 feet distance), and so far I experienced no dropped connection, despite having many active WLAN routers around my apartment. During installation, I looked for the least used WLAN channel and set the router to use it.
I did an extensive research to find the best moderately priced 300bps WLAN N router before choosing this product, and so far I am very happy with my choice.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2012
I am of the older generation. I have trouble changing the clock in me car. I have troble programming my new cell phone. And the worst thing of all for me is anything that involves installing Norton Antivirus on my computer. But I had this thing up and running in 10 minutes flat. If I can do it, anyone can. I can't comment on it's endurance but if I have a problem later I'll update this review but for now it looks dam good. Plus you can't go wrong if you get it from Amazon. - How old am I you ask?? Let me just say that I remember when you could buy a new Ford for $800. - If you were lucky enough to have $800.
44 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
I purchased this router to replace my old Linksys WRT54G router. I thought I needed a quicker connection with my desktop, laptop, internet TV and tablet all operating around the household. This router was difficult to set up (but perhaps that is user error and not the router's fault). However, my biggest headache are the recurring daily disconnects that require a reset. It doesn't seem to matter if it is the desktop's wired connection or the wireless. I have tried changing wireless channels, etc. and nothing has helped. I was initially hesitant to blame this router for all my problems but I have since gone back to my old WRT54G and all is well. Disappointed in this purchase.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2010
I don't generally review products but this one deserves kudos.
I had a WiFi G router and it just wasn't doing the job anymore, between Laptops, desktops with no ethernet access, blackberries, and now a new Roku player, we needed a wireless upgrade.
As some other users mentioned, I just went with the manual install, no CD. Just go to 192.168.1.1 and you can click Quick Setup. There were two minor blips--one is the auto-detect tried to say Static IP but the correct option is Dynamic, so just selected that manually, no biggie. The second was I had to reboot the Cable modem. After that everything worked smoothly. I named the network the same as the old one with the same passkey and none of my other devices even needed any updating.
Done. The whole process took 10 minutes and the connection is so much faster all around. By the way I live in a big high rise with lots of networks in range, and the interference is probably relatively strong, but the router is handling it beautifully.
I also bought a TP-Link 300Mbs usb wireless card and that worked just as quickly.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
This is replacing my old Linksys G router which has been as solid as a rock. Time to jump to N, and I'm glad I did. I was hesitant to stray from the Linksys/Cisco brand because I've had such good luck with it, but the good reviews of the TP-Link and low price made it too hard to resist. I was not disappointed. I have multiple devices on my network at home: 2 laptops (1 MacBook, 1 HP), a Wii, PS3, iPhone, Android and HP Touchpad. Across the board the performance is markedly better. Time to connect is faster, as is overall transmissions speeds.
Physically, it's a solid device. Not flimsy, has some heft to it. It also has two really large, thick antennas. Signal strength of my devices is across the board about 20% better than with my previous router. Not sure if that's just N vs. G, or if it's the router. But either way, I'm happy.
Setup was a snap. I did not use the CD. If you've ever setup a wireless network before, I don't think it's necessary. Plug direct into your PC/Laptop and navigate to 192.168.1.1 and type in username/password (admin/admin by default), should be able to go from there.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2012
First this router is awesome! Great signal, never drops the signal/have to reset it.
Second if you're a mac user, the first instructions that come out of the box state that the system requirements are Windows!!! AAAAHH!! The set up disc that comes with this are those mini ones (not mac compatible). Don't worry though, you can get this up and running without it. First ignore all the instructions. Second power on the router. Third plug in your router to your internet (make sure you are in the LAN port). And now it works!!!! No disc necessary...
However if you want to set up a password or change the name, keep reading...
Forth, open Safari (internet browser). Type in 192.168.1.1 (the username and password are: admin). From there you can change the password fairly easy (it will reboot). And you can change the name that it is displayed as (SSID). After it reboots, it has been configured with a new name/password without using the disc.
Great router! No complaints!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2011
I was dreading the installation of this router when I ordered it. My experience with routers has been decidedly negative. Most of the time the instructions are not user-friendly and a person almost needs an advanced degree to put one in and set it up. Not so with this router. I took it out of the box, put the disk in the CD drive, and within a few minutes was up and running. Since then I've had no issues with it so no need to check out tech support. It's low price is another decided advantage.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2011
I bought this to upgrade from my Netgear router, which I started having numerous issues with. Mostly with streaming video, and using Netflix via the LG TV and Wii console. The router was easy to set up with ALL devices, Windows and Mac, iPad, TV, Wii, etc. The speed is great, the price was perfect. I would HIGLY recommend this router!!