Summary: Overall rating is based on my experience only, I can see that a more complex set-up could involve additional software which does not seem to be particularly user-friendly.
Pros: Excellent metal case and simple layout. Product worked perfectly out-of-the-box in Windows 7 with minimal use of the built-in software. It has functioned flawlessly since. A solid well-made product - recommended.
Summary: The random lock-ups may not be as random as you think. I can cause this router to lock up on command by going to specific websites. I don't know what it is in the code or URL of that website but it's repeatable.
Pros: Load Balancing Traffic Monitoring Bandwidth Control; allows you to group IPs and limit the amount of bandwidth that group can consume.
Cons: I wish I could group by mac addresses instead of IPs. I can assign specific PCs a static IP but android devices can be a pain. Every once in a while, I'll hit a random link that just smokes this unit and leaves it unresponsive. At that point, you have to pull the power cord.
Summary: I am surprised that the reviews are so good. I've searched the internet and found on some forums that this is not uncommon. That is what led me to finally contact support to see if they can actually correct this; otherwise it was destined for a return.
Pros: Very configurable. That is why I bought it.
Cons: This thing locks up all of the time, even when there is no load. It does this several times a week. My firmware is the latest, 1.0.0 Build 20141208 Rel.36359s. I am currently in contact with TP-Link. If they come up with a solution, I will repost. I had another TP-Link model before that did the s...
Summary: I bought this because I needed a wired router for my home network and it was cheap. I do not use the advanced features. I used the stock setup that comes with the setup CD and everything works fine. Basic setup is easy. I cannot comment on the load sharing capabilities.
Pros: Works as a basic router without any hiccups. Small footprint
Cons: GUI interface is rather complicated and confusing to navigate. Not very user friendly in my opinion for using any of the advanced features. The instructions on advanced setup are horrible or non existent.
It works, its cheap, and could be a solution to a LOT of your problems.
G. Turner, Amazon
2 November 2014
Summary: This load balancer works, for what it is. I have it connected to 3 very slow (3Mb) DSL connections currently, as where I live, that is the ONLY option. If you know some basic networking, you will be able to get this working pretty well.
Summary: Used this for a client who switched from a T1 to Broadband. Existing router was only "getting" 9Mbps. We thought it was an issue with Comcast's setup but we tried this router and were getting 50Mbps +. Bought this based on all the favorable reviews and not disappointed so far.
Summary: That is just so crazy that I can just combine an infinite amount of Internet Connections together and they are all usable at the same time, by a single computer, on a single connection to a server.