Summary: Fairly nice interface, and definitely speedy. Don't like setting IP ranges using subnet masks - "192.168.1.1/24" instead of "192.168.1.0 to 192.168.1.255". But with Google's help I could work with that, 90% sure I was setting the IP ranges correctly. But what I can't work with is the poor quality. After just a couple of months of very light use, the router no longer works correctly and the Sys light flashes regularly on the front.
VPN assigns you to a separate subnet than the router's local connections
S. Currier, Amazon
4 June 2014
Summary: I was really excited to get this router as my first "big boy" router that was separate from my wireless access points. I read the smallnetbuilder review on it and thought it seemed great. My plans were to use the VPN extensively to conceal my internet traffic while on others' networks and to be able to access my own network easily. I was encouraged by the high VPN throughput numbers I was seeing.
Summary: I purchased this router locally, not on Amazon. Still, I want to share my experience with it here so people don't think this is some high-end security thing for an IT Pro. On the contrary, it is a good piece of hardware, burdened by poorly thought out configuration and outright buggy sofrware. Lets start with good things -- Gigabit ports, decent NAT and VPN throughput. Yes, that is where the list of good things end.
Summary: I purchased this router from Amazon for a specific purpose. I needed a router with a separate port for the DMZ function. The idea is to have the LAN be firewalled from a public WiFi connected to the DMZ port. I have internet service that only provides a single dynamic IP and I wanted to use this box to provide two separate NAT and DHCP networks from that one IP. This box cannot do it.
Summary: The safe-stream line of TP- link routers we have installed have very good WAN throughput. Speed is the main reason we selected this router to replace routers that where unable to meet the customers ISP bandwidth. They are affordable, fairly simple to set up and have a good feature set. Be sure to upgrade the firmware! Documentation and support could be better.
Summary: I do not do many reviews, but felt compelled to warn any prospective purchasers. I am a tech coordinator at a medium sized school and while not a network expert I am far from a novice. I purchased two of these devices with the hope of combining our internet service. Both worked for a short time, but with a few days I had problems with the router either not distributing DHCP addresses or DHCP failing completely.
Summary: This router was purchased to replace other routers that couldn't keep up with the bandwidth requirements for my home network. This router offers excellent performance for a very good price. I was skeptical at first for the price but the router performs well. The main area it excels is with WAN throughput, which is what I need the most. I have a >100mbps home connection and most routers just weren't up to the task.
Summary: I think this would be a real nice unit for an IT pro... Because of the lack of setup wizards, it has taken me WEEKS to figure it out. I finally have it working but still not sure of many of the settings. Documentation could use some good examples instead of just restating the obvious (unclear obvious)... All they do is repeat what the UI says and not much help.
Fast processor, but non-functional client-to-site VPN.
Tom C, Amazon
8 March 2014
Summary: In continuation to the review by S. Currier with numerous very helpful comments [you should read them if you are looking at this firewall. The problem does exist as of this writing that you can NOT assign the same subnet to both the PPTP/L2TP vpn clients and the LAN. This makes it useless as far as I've determined. There is a route function you should be able to use to set up a manual route between the 2 subnets, but I've tried various settings with no luck.