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Need a relatively inexpensive router for your home or small office? TP-Link may have the solution for you with its TL-WDR3500 N6
on May 22, 2015
What is it?
It is a wireless router that supports 2 bands (signals) that run simultaneously. The speed on both signals will max out at 300Mbps. This router also supports wlan printing, media / network servers, and has a USB port.
600Mbps total bandwidth (300 for 2.4GHz and 300 for 5GHz)
2 Detachable dual band antennas
1 USB Port
Guest Network Access
IP- Based Bandwidth control
Easily Setup a WPA Encrypted Connection w/ Button press
Live Parental Controls
TP-Link Live 24/7 Tech Support
Android & iOS app
LED aren’t overly distracting
Built in Media Server
Make any printer a network printer.
Only one USB Port
USB is a USB 2.0 (Should have been 3 like my old Netgear router)
Can’t Seem to get the Android app to detect devices on my network.
Fingerprint / dust magnet
Streaming HD media from a separate server is a struggle at times
Build Quality: 4.5
The N600 comes in a glossy piano black finish, that as you would expect is a fingerprint magnet. This also mean that it will most likely be a dust magnet as well. Overall it is very light weight and on the average size for a wireless router. It appears to be about to take a fall but seriously who will be traveling with a router or, place it somewhere where it will fall?
The N600 is packed with features like USB (for printers / drives) , media server, and dual bands that is usually found in routers 2x its price. I kind of wish that they bumped up the max speeds to at least 450 Mbps but in all honestly 300 isn’t that bad for the price.
Lets be honest here the main reason why someone would be eyeing this router next to its competitors is its price. And Yes, it is totally worth it… For what you get for $40 is equivalent to something you would have to pay Netgear $70, or Cisco $85, or LinkSys $65.
So far it works as advertised. I haven’t had any real hiccups outside of the Android App not really working for me. I’ve also noticed that my Media Server sometimes disconnects when not in use but that is probably just an issue with my server and not the router. Speeds weren't incredibly high but they never really slow to a crawl, and i have multiple devices connected to it via lan and, wireless. I've noticed that this router sometimes struggles while streaming HD video wirelessly from my Media Server. The wireless range if the wireless router is surprisingly good. I was able to get pretty far away from my house and still be in range of the router.
Overall it is a great router for the price. You should have no problems streaming and receiving a decent internet Connection from within your house. TP-Link will be putting a lot of pressure on its competitors with their bang-for-your-buck routers.
I recommend this product to anyone who lives in a small house or an apartment who needs wireless internet and on a budget.